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Weight of recommendation after Screening

It seems to me that the general opinion here is that there is little to none weight for the decisions an interviewer does for candidates during the interview day. If I understood it correctly, if you get referred by e.g. a senior partner, chances are very high to get the chance of being invited to an interview. However, after that you are on your own? (Of course, this likely depends on the weight that the referring consultant puts on his recommendation.)

However, it seems very strange to me that applications by candidates with a strong recommendation from e.g. a senior partner are regarded the same as any other candidate after the screening. If I was a consultant or EM interviewing a candidate that was referred by my senior partner, it seems very clear to me that I would most likely not dare to reject this candidate.

Really looking forward to hearing your thoughts and of your knowledge on that matter!

It seems to me that the general opinion here is that there is little to none weight for the decisions an interviewer does for candidates during the interview day. If I understood it correctly, if you get referred by e.g. a senior partner, chances are very high to get the chance of being invited to an interview. However, after that you are on your own? (Of course, this likely depends on the weight that the referring consultant puts on his recommendation.)

However, it seems very strange to me that applications by candidates with a strong recommendation from e.g. a senior partner are regarded the same as any other candidate after the screening. If I was a consultant or EM interviewing a candidate that was referred by my senior partner, it seems very clear to me that I would most likely not dare to reject this candidate.

Really looking forward to hearing your thoughts and of your knowledge on that matter!

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Hi,

What you mentioned is something we observe for internship positions (sometimes candidates are hired even without an interview). However, standards are much higher for full-time positions, thus the playing field is level for all candidates.

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Hi,

What you mentioned is something we observe for internship positions (sometimes candidates are hired even without an interview). However, standards are much higher for full-time positions, thus the playing field is level for all candidates.

Best,

Deniz

What you observed is correct. Recommendation can get you an interview, but once you get into the interview round, everything comes down to your interview performance. I've seen people who were invited to private group dinners with partners got rejected at the end, and people who had no close connection with anyone in the firms getting offers.

So again, for normal people, it's pretty much pure "meritocracy" - your interview performance determines the result.

What you observed is correct. Recommendation can get you an interview, but once you get into the interview round, everything comes down to your interview performance. I've seen people who were invited to private group dinners with partners got rejected at the end, and people who had no close connection with anyone in the firms getting offers.

So again, for normal people, it's pretty much pure "meritocracy" - your interview performance determines the result.

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Hi,

The information about the referral is not forwarded to the interviewers so the referral will not help. However, if you are in a good relationship with the senior partner you'd better ask him how he could help since he knows it better than anyone here:)

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Hi,

The information about the referral is not forwarded to the interviewers so the referral will not help. However, if you are in a good relationship with the senior partner you'd better ask him how he could help since he knows it better than anyone here:)

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