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Switching office choice during interviews?

Someone asked on Feb 08, 2019 - 2 answers

I recently passed the first round for an MBB firm. Due unforeseen family circumstances, I would like to change the office I am applying for, to be closer to family. Could I ask HR to change the office I am applying to in the middle of interviews? Both offices are in different geographies/systems of this MBB (Europe and Asia).

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Francesco replied on Feb 08, 2019
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Hi Anonymous,

as mentioned by Vlad, it is definitely possible to ask, however there are no guarantees they will allow to continue the process in the new office. According to your seniority/offices, there is the possibility to move between offices after you join, however that usually requires a minimum of 1-2 years spent in the first office to happen.

Hope this helps,

Francesco

Vlad replied on Feb 08, 2019
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Hi,

You could certainly ask the HR and explain your circumstances. However, there is absolutely no guarantee that they'll invite you for a 2nd round in a different office. The situation is pretty uncommon and there is no general rule here.

Best