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When should I start to apply if I want to get a full time offer by January 2019?

Anonymous A asked on Aug 16, 2018 - 2 answers

1) Can I start to apply between September and October 2018 in order to be able to start full-time from January 2019?

2) Do consulting companies have specific starting dates for their recent graduates upcoming BA or Consultants? (like every first day of the month or only in September or in January?

3) If I need a sponsorship visa, does this affect somehow my previously mentioned desired starting date?

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Vlad updated his answer on Aug 16, 2018
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Hi,

1) Depends on the company / particular office and country / role. Call the office and ask the HR

2) See 1:)

3) If you a currently on a student visa with the work permit (e.g. OPT for F1 in US), you can start immediately and apply for a work visa (H1B in US) later. If you currently don't have a work permit - you can't start

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Julian replied on Aug 16, 2018

My recommendation: Apply now, October might be too late if you set the January 2019 deadline for yourself.

I grouped the considerations that led me to that answer in the three buckets General / Consulting companies / your readiness.

1) General: Forget December and the first half of January for interviews. Everyone's life (including yours) is too busy to finish what they promised until the end of the year. In addition: getting gifts, all the family affairs, travelling, and typically most people are taking a few days off over the Xmas/New Year's period. Then the usual lag until business restarts at the beginning of January: many people are away for the first two weeks, weather complications, etc.

2) Consulting companies: Sometimes it takes 1 month or more to get an answer after you applied. Don't underestimate that delay. If you apply by October, you might not get an answer before November, and the interview slots for November are taken by then. Furthermore, the Cons companies I know in Switzerland/Germany don't do a recruitment day in Dec, and I assume that mostly true for other locations, as people are equally busy to finish off client work, hand over delivarables, prepare the start in the new year, etc. Hence an application in October might not get you an interview before mid-/end-January.

3) You want to get your offer probably in/before November to start in January, rather than to worry over Xmas about your pending interviews. Not ready for the case interviews yet? No problem, should you get invited after you apply now, try to get an interview date later, e.g. in October/November. Gives you plenty of time for preparation, and you have a chance to get the job offer before the critial December period.

To your second question: Depends. Usually, you can start in any month of the year, usually on the first of each month. Sometimes people start mid-month (around the 15th), too, but that's less common. Some companies have special induction camps for their recent graduates, and they might have these camps 3 times a year. Hence, they might conduct interviews throughout the year, but effective start dates are only e.g. January, May, and September.