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what should I expect if the networking target would like to drop my cv to HR before chatting with me?

Someone asked on Feb 14, 2019 - 2 answers

I got a reply from a networking email. The alumnus, an EM, asks me to send her my cv and she would drop it to the HR. if I pass the screening, she would like to talk to me with pleasure.

I am a little bit confused. Does it mean that she would give me a referral? I think normally the other side would like to give a referral AFTER the phone call if the chat goes well, and a normal referral would increase the possibility to pass the screening. How should I understand this situation? Would it be safer if I just ignore this email and try to find another one who would like to give me a real referral?

What would you suggest me to do next?

Many thanks.

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Guennael replied on Feb 14, 2019
Ex-MBB, Experienced Hire; I will teach you not only the how, but also the why of case interviews

Nothing unexpected here. If the EM is willing to forward your resume, this qualifies as a recommendation. Hopefully she also puts in a good word so the recommendation is strengthened, but this is standard process so far - and if that alumnus isn't someone who really knows you, passing your resume on is probably the best you can expect

I'd ask her to help me prep for the screening just in case, but talking after is good too. For now, focus on what you can control and prepare your case interviewing + fit skills as much as you can.

Vlad replied on Feb 14, 2019
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I am not 100% sure it will be considered as a referral. At least it does not sound like a referral via a referral system. Although your chances increase since it will be an e-mail forwarded by the EM. So why not use it?