Wait or not with my application?

application process Coronavirus covid19
New answer on May 01, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Apr 10, 2020

Due to the current crisis, should I aim to apply(mbb, big4) as late as possible for early 2021 start date? (i.e instead of applying in June/July wait for October).

Or would waiting be detrimental to my application was there are a lot of people whose offers are now being delayed into 2021?

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Clara
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replied on Apr 10, 2020
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Hello!

Could you clarify a couple of things so we can better help you?

  1. Which geography? This is key, since some companies in some offices (e.g., BCG Germany) have communicated a a freeze in the interviews atm
  2. Are you at uni or are you an experienced hire? If you are experienced, maybe is best to wait. However, if you are a student, the "cycles" will be respected.
    • If you are an experienced hire, what are you doing atm? If it´s something interesting that would let you keep growing in your role, I would stay for now and wait some weeks to see how the situation evolves -since this it´s all new to everyone-.

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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Luca
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Hello,

2021 is not that far and considering the actual situation, I would suggest to apply as soon as possible. Effects of the COVID will last for at least some months and the pipeline of candidates will be huge after these months without interviews.

More over, once that you get the offer, you can negotiate the start date and it's not a big deal to postpone it by a couple of months.

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Luca

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Anonymous replied on Apr 29, 2020

Hi A,

I would strongly recommend you to put a great effort in your networking skills in order to get referral that can maximize your chances of being invited. Then, after you secure your interviews, put even more effort in your case interview skills in order to become the one, who will actually get the offer.

If you need any help to do one of those steps, feel free to reach out.


Best,

André

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Udayan
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Are you in college or are you an experienced hire?

  • If experienced hire, wait it out and definitely only apply with a referral, randomly submitted applications will quite likely fall through the crack
  • If you are in college I would say apply as part of the traditional process based on the original timeline. It is quite difficult to time these things as situations can change rapidly

All the best.

Udayan

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Anonymous replied on Apr 10, 2020

Hi,

As far as I know, HR / recruting people still proceed with CV screening and build a pipeline of candidates who should get into the process once freeze is over ... I would suggest not to postpone too much your application but mention that you are flexibile on your start date (e.g. early 2021).

Also, when possible, prefer to leverage your personal network to apply.

Best,

David

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Emily
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It depends on your level of readiness and how urgent it is that you need to start.

From application to actually start working, the process can take quite a few months. If you want to start from the beginning of 2021, Oct might be a bit late to start. Oct is the campus recruiting timeline for students to start from mid of next year (usually after June), after graduation. Even for off campus, you might want to give it another 2-3 more months in advance.

That said, don't rush if you don't think you can be ready.

Best,

Emily

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Francesco
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Hi there,

I would recommend the following:

  • Identify referrals that could help you to get an invitation. You can find more on how to do that at the following link: https://www.preplounge.com/en/consulting-forum/hey-everyonehope-all-is-well-3176
  • If the people you connect with say there are openings and are willing to refer you, go ahead with the application
  • If you cannot find referrals or your connections mention the pipeline is full, I would wait later on unless you have a specific deadline for applications

Best,
Francesco

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Antonello
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Hi,
unfortunately, nobody now is able to predict the precise effects on each business. The 2 true facts today are that interviews are taking place regularly but online instead than face to face, and that many new consulting projects are being paused. Therefore if this lockdown continues for long it can cause a shrinking in new hires.

Best,
​Antonello

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