Get Active in Our Amazing Community of Over 463,000 Peers!

Schedule mock interviews on the Meeting Board, join the latest community discussions in our Consulting Q&A and find like-minded Case Partners to connect and practice with!

Post MBA recruiting into MBB. How to go about getting interviews?

New answer on Sep 09, 2020
6 Answers
2.5 k Views
Anonymous A asked on Sep 05, 2020

Overview of answers

  • Upvotes
  • Date ascending
  • Date descending
Best answer
Content Creator
replied on Sep 05, 2020
#1 Coach for Sessions (4.500+) | 1.500+ 5-Star Reviews | Proven Success (➡ | Ex BCG | 10Y+ Coaching

Hi there,

The #1 thing you can do to secure interviews is to find a referral. Besides that, you need a well-structured CV (and usually a Cover).

To find a referral, you should follow three steps:

  1. Identify the people that can help you
  2. Write them a customized email
  3. Have a call and indirectly ask for a referral

As general tips:

  • Don’t use LinkedIn for your communication – emails work better. You should target 30% conversion for your messages; if you are not achieving that, there is space for improvement.
  • When sending emails, your goal should be to organize a call, not to ask questions – you can then use the call for the questions.
  • You need to close the call with an indirect request for a referral – don’t leave that to chances. There are specific ways to phrase it.

Before the call, you should have your CV and Cover ready – in this way you can send them right away it if the person wants to refer you.

If you are interested to know the exact email to write, questions to ask and indirect closing to land the referral, please feel free to PM me.

I provide a 30 min session at 50% discount to understand the right steps to get MBB referrals, directly from home – no events participation required.

This includes all the scripts needed for the email to send and the call to have with the consultant.

Following the same process, I managed to get 6 invitations out of 6 applications – including all MBB. I regularly see my mentees getting referrals for MBB with that.



Was this answer helpful?
Anonymous replied on Sep 05, 2020

Dear A!

The intake this year will be significantly reduced, so it will be only 30 to 60 percent out of the level of the last year (this means that it would be less than half of the level of last autumn).

So, to get an interview in one of the top consulting companies, you should focus on networking, and finding people in targeted companies who could give you referrals - this can significantly increase your chances.

If you have any further questions about the application in certain regions, just drop me a line.



Was this answer helpful?
Content Creator
replied on Sep 06, 2020
McKinsey offers w/o final round interviews - 100% risk-free - 10+ years MBB coaching experience - Multiple book author

Hi Anonymous,

Looking at the overall situation, recruiting target numbers are severly down from previous years (I heard many different numbers even for the same firm and logically it's different by region and function, but most numbers I heard are in a ballpark range of -25 to -50%). 2 implications for you:

  1. Securing interviews is more difficult
  2. Outperforming your peers in your interviews is more difficult

ad 1) That means applications without referrals are even more risky nowadays than in the past (it never was a good idea, but chances to be successful were much higher in the past). If not yet started, it's time to build your network and secure referrals. Logical first step in your situation would be leveraging your MBA network and chances are high some alumnis are MBB consultants.

ad 2) Once you secured your interviews, make sure you don't miss that chance and prepare as much as you can. Even if it might look expensive in the first place, invest in a good coach - at least to guide you in the right direction in the beginning and for a reality-check at the end as an absolute minimum. (Otherwise there is no point of investing time and energy in step 1 to secure your interviews if you most likely will fail anyway)

Hope that helps - if so, please be so kind to give it a thumbs-up with the green upvote button below!


Was this answer helpful?
updated an answer on Sep 06, 2020
McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School


The best way to secure an MBA interview is to ask your classmate who is ex MBB to refer you to the on-campus recruiter. Everything else is not efficient in the on-campus recruitment context. There is no better way unless you personally know the partners



Was this answer helpful?
Content Creator
replied on Sep 09, 2020
McKinsey | NASA | top 10 FT MBA professor for consulting interviews | 6+ years of coaching

Hi, the 3 main area to work on - in order of importance - are:
- write an impactuful CV
- get a referral (look for ex-alumni of your MBA now at MBB)
- write a solid CL


Was this answer helpful?
Content Creator
replied on Sep 08, 2020
#1 BCG coach | MBB | Tier 2 | Digital, Tech, Platinion | 100% personal success rate (8/8) | 95% candidate success rate

Have a killer CV/Resume

Get a coach to review. If you'd like a killer template or review don't hesitate to reach out!

Have a killer Cover Letter

If you'd like some examples, feel free to send me a message!

  1. Step 1 - Figure out the topics for your key paragraphs. These need to be based on what consulting companies are looking for. I recommend any of the following
    1. Quantitative + qualitative analytical skills
    2. Communication (written + verbal)
    3. Client managment skills/experience
    4. Leadership
    5. Teamwork
    6. Diversity (can be working with diverse clients, teams, etc.)
    7. Curiosity / passion for learning
  2. Step 2 - Once you've picked 3-5 of these, write your paragraphs
    1. Make them succinct (3-5 sentences)
    2. Make sure they lead with e.g. "x company values y, and I do too"
    3. Make sure they focus on your achievements. You have to sell yourself here
  3. Step 3 - For any given company cover letter, find out what the company cares most about. Then slot in 3 of the paragraphs that fit best (again, ideally you have 5 to choose from)
  4. Step 4 - Tweak the language of each paragraph to fit the company's website, application posting, etc. I.e. Curiosity might become passion for learning.

Then, of course, you need an intro paragraph summarizing your interest + reasons why as well as a closing paragraph doing the same with new language.

Network, Network, Network

a) Reach out to people in your network - here, you have a huge advantage...reach out to your fellow MBAers, the career office, etc.

b) Reach out to people once removed from your network

c) Reach out to people with a similar backgorund to you (i.e. same alma mater, same hometown, same career switch, etc.)

d) Tailor a message to them specifically both showing interest in them and their journey and demonstrating that you have done your research and could be a valuable hire

e) Play "tag" across calls you get so that you can work your way towards the company/office/role you want

f) Leave a strong impression - i.e. don't ask "basic questions". Rather, demonstrate your ability/intelligence by asking smart questions, carrying a natural conversation, showing genuine interest, etc.

Was this answer helpful?
Francesco gave the best answer


Content Creator
#1 Coach for Sessions (4.500+) | 1.500+ 5-Star Reviews | Proven Success (➡ | Ex BCG | 10Y+ Coaching
Q&A Upvotes
1625 Reviews
How likely are you to recommend us to a friend or fellow student?
0 = Not likely
10 = Very likely
You are a true consultant! Thank you for consulting us on how to make PrepLounge even better!