Reaching out to HR

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New answer on Jan 18, 2021
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Anonymous A asked on Jan 18, 2021

Hi

I've seen many people saying to reach out to the local office's HR. What does that accomplish? What am I supposed to tell them? How does that improve my chances of getting an interview?

Thanks

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Florian
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replied on Jan 18, 2021
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Hey there,

MBB HR is always hunting for new candidates and consultants. As a consequence, they are a super useful ally before applying, during the application, and afterward.

It helps to connect with them

  • whenever you have questions about the application, your resume, the job profile, the hiring goals, etc.
  • when you want to find out more about the interview process, your interviewers, aptitude tests
  • when you want to re-apply (after a failed application) or stay in the loop after your interviews or event participation

Cheers,

Florian

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Ken
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It helps you stand out from the crowd as MBBs can receive hundreds of applications per single hiring. Unlike typical corporates where HR is purely a support function, for consultancies, the recruiting team (I wouldn't refer to them as HR!) is a crucial role to help feed the talent funnel. They will typically make the final decision on whether a candidate is invited for an interview and will coordinate everything until the offer is signed. My piece of advice would be to treat them the same way you would treat a senior partner interviewing you for final round!

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Antonello
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Hi,

HR should be your reference point if you have specific questions related to the interview process, whether you've started it or wish to start, and understand better where you fit optimally within the company.

Hope this helps.

Best,

Antonello

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Ian
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Hi there,

Downside risk: 4 minutes of your time

Upside risk: They agree to talk to you, love you, and agree to look at your resume when you submit

Pretty simple to me!

Now, what do you tell them? You need to come in with some sort of question! As in "I am xx and I am wondering about xx". Some people write to find out what role would be a good fit, others to see if there is position availability, others to see if they could be put in touch with someone who works in x practice in the company.

Shoot your shot!

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Gaurav
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Hi there,

you can reach out to the HR if you have questions about your application, about the position, about the interview process, if you've been to the interview and are waiting for the feedback. The act of talking to the HR in itself doesn't improve your chances.

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

GB

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Clara
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Hello!

It only makes sense to reach out to HR whenver you have a specific question. What for, if not? :)

Cheers,

Clara

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Vlad
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Hi,

Coaches recommend reaching out to HR when you have questions. If you have no questions - there is no benefit to reach out

Best

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