Referral from MBB

MBB Non target Referral
New answer on Sep 01, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Feb 02, 2020

Hi,

I am from a non-target school and know getting a referral will give me a higher chance of getting an interview. Are business analysts/first years allowed to refer prospective candidates for an interview at MBB?

Thank you in advance for your help.

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Sidi
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replied on Feb 02, 2020
McKinsey Senior EM & BCG Consultant | Interviewer at McK & BCG for 7 years | Coached 300+ candidates secure MBB offers

Hi! Yes, anybody can give a referral. However, I usually guide my mentees to only use partner or junior partner referrals - because the effectiveness is much much higher.

Interestingly most people are afraid of reaching out to partners. And this is an advantage for thoughtful candidates. Because if done in the right way, it is almost as good as a guaranteed interview slot.

Cheers, Sidi

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Clara
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replied on Feb 02, 2020
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Hello!

Indeed, since what the referral ensures is your CV being reviewed by HR, and not tossed before that. As a BA I made several of friends of mine who were strong fits, and two got offers.

Good luck!

Clara

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Emily
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replied on Sep 01, 2020
BCG Project Leader | 3+ years interview experience for BCG SEA recruiting | Kellogg MBA, NTU, Peking University

As others mentioned, anyone can submit a referral. To boost your chance though, a referral from a senior person would carry a lot mor weight than a junior one.

Best,

Emily

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Nathaniel
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replied on Feb 16, 2020
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Hello there,

Yes, of course! All consultants within the firms are allowed to make referrals, this includes BAs, even pre-BAs.

Kind regards,
Nathan

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Antonello
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replied on Feb 02, 2020
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Hi,
yes, even junior BA can present referrals.

Best,
Antonello

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Francesco
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Hi Anonymous,

yes they can, however their referral would not be very strong; I would recommend to target managers or principals if possible, as their referral would be stronger (partners referral would of course be even better but it is unlikely they will bother with a referral, unless you know one personally).

Best,

Francesco

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Vlad
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replied on Feb 02, 2020
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Hi,

Yes, any employee can do a referral. Feel free to ask your friend

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