Referral

Referral
New answer on Mar 14, 2021
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Anonymous A asked on Mar 11, 2021

Hello,

Do you think it is feasible to get an invitation for an interview within top tier consulting firms based on online applications, without having a referral or without establishing a previous contact with someone from the firm?

Thanks

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Francesco
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replied on Mar 12, 2021
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Gaurav
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replied on Mar 11, 2021
Ex-Mckinsey|Certified Career Coach |Placed 500+ candidates at MBB & other consultancies

Hey there!

The absence of referral decreases your odds to be seen by the hiring manager. So basically, the chances exist all the time, but when they are supported by the established contacts or referrals there are much higher.

Cheers,

GB

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Ian
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Hi there,

Absolutely! It honestly happens all the time!

Please don't let the lack of a referral put you off from applying...the majority of my candidates ultimately have their interviews thanks to cold applying.

We just recommend networking because it greatly improves your odds on an individual application :)

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Henning
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replied on Mar 14, 2021
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Of course it is! That's the path of the majority of applications. But having a referral drastically increases the likelihood of getting invited. If you see a path to securing a referral, you should do so!!

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