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Switch from Tier 2 firm internship to MBB full time

Anonymous A

Hey guys,

I'm currently an intern at a tier 2 consulting firm in Hong Kong ending at end of December. I'm currently looking to apply for an MBB full time position but heard that they are usually reluctant to recruit consultants from another firm because they've already adopted a different culture and such.

So that being said, I was wondering if anyone can give some advice on how I could sell myself or any other tips like maybe rely on strong networking and such?

Thanks!

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Francesco replied on 09/19/2017
Ex BCG | MBB Specialist | #1 Expert for meetings done (900+) | 100% recommendation rate

Hi Anonymous,

as Hugo and Vlad mentioned, it is normally totally fine to apply from other consulting firms to MBB, even after a couple of years of experience. To check whether that’s the case in HK, there is an easy double check you can do – you can simply go on LinkedIn, and check if any alumni of your company or comparable competitors actually joined MBB. If you find evidence of that, you can be sure moving there is feasible.

As for ways to strengthen you application, the best thing is definitely networking; at the following link (second post) you can find some reference on how to structure the referral process:

https://www.preplounge.com/en/consulting-forum/open-house-at-bcg-311

Best,

Francesco

Vlad replied on 09/18/2017
McKinsey / Accenture / More than 300 real MBB cases / Collected all Big 3 offers / Harvard Business School

Hi,

It's totally fine for the following reasons:

  1. You have not spent enough time in a tier2 firm
  2. MBB companies are actively hiring Tier2 consultants, so the initial point of them being reluctant to hire Tier2 consultants is based mainly on rumors:)
  3. If you want to be on a safe side use a reference. I have provided some recommendations re references in the following topic: https://www.preplounge.com/en/consulting-forum/what-do-mbb-think-when-first-year-analysts-from-tier-2-strategy-firms-apply-for-analyst-positions-867

Good luck!

Hugo
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replied on 09/18/2017
Current BCG Active Project Leader |Former A.T. Kearney |+8Y of consulting experience | Received 8 consulting offers in the past 2Y

Dear Consultant,

What you heard about the reluctance to hire consultants from other 2nd tier firms might be true if the candidate has been there for a long period of time (note: although among MBB there is a lot of lateral hires). However, (even though I do not your background and context), you are in a good position since you are an intern so you have several ways to sell you candidature to MBB. I know several people that did internships in the second tier consulting companies and then ended up working in MBB.

How? The fit part will be very important and will depend on you basically. Some examples:

  • Try to network internally to identify specific reasons to apply and how you can add value to the firm.
  • Try to have strong answers to the following questions:
    • Why did you not take the full-time position in your previous company?
    • Why do you want to apply to MMB?
    • Did you apply with us before? (What happened? What changed? What did you learn?
    • Elevator pitch

I hope this information helps.

Regards,

Hugo