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Questions to ask in networking event

Anonymous A asked on Aug 24, 2018 - 2 answers

Hi All,

there will be a networking event of my target consulting firm next month and I have been invited luckily. Wondering what questions I should ask apart from my education, working experience and interest in consulting?

Is there any useful tip to build relationships through networking event?

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replied on Aug 24, 2018
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That’s a good and important question. I am glad you asked.

During the meeting you should try to find some touch points with people to build relationships, thus ask for their hobbies and iterests outside the work. If you feel personal fit and match, you definitely can have some follow-ups later, based on that.

You can also take your CV and CL to the event, there is 100% chance that consultants will give you useful tips for its improvement. I always do. Moreover, if consutants look through your CV, they might find it interesting and make a referral.

Don’t forget to thank all participants you meet there for the event in LinkedIn with personal mail.

NB: Be passionate and sincere while asking questions.

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It depends on the structure of a workshop:

  1. Option A: Consultants will show you how to solve a case. Here you don't need to do anything special - just try to have a couple of nice conversations after the case. Don't expect to get any benefits from that and don't do anything special
  2. Option B: You'll be split into teams with a dedicated consultant observing you solving the case together. Here your main objective is to demonstrate how good you are at solving the cases. That's the only and the best way to impress. Also be careful, since it does not mean you should not listen to others and try being an absolute leader. Be the guy with the smart ideas. I know many candidates who got invited to McKinsey PST or Bain interviews without a test after these events.

You'll also get a chance to:

  • Look how MBB approaches solving a case
  • Talk to MBB people and get some information for you FIT interview (why The Company reasons, topics for your questions to the interviewer, etc)
  • Meet with other candidates with whom you can practice the cases further

PS. After each event, there is a Q&A session where you can talk to consultants 1 on 1 or in a group. If you want to keep in touch - send a thank you note after the event:

  • "I just wanted to thank you for visiting our University...
  • It was especially interesting to hear about...
  • Would be happy to keep in touch and apply in the nearest future.

Alternatively, you may use LinkedIn for that.