Who can I expect a referral from?

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New answer on Jan 18, 2021
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Anonymous A asked on Jan 12, 2021

Hi everyone. I've been told many times that referral is the most important thing in MBB middle east recruitment. This statement is understandable, but it's really vague. Who exactly should I expect a referral from? Associates (entry-level) or senior level employees, or either?

I'm trying to choose between 2 masters programs, both are ranked very well. One school has a bigger network, but comprised of mostly senior level employees.

Thank you everyone in advance.

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Vlad
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replied on Jan 12, 2021
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Hi,

The short answer - anyone can give a referral:

  • Entry-level consultants
  • Senior levels consultants
  • MBA classmates ex-consultants (if you have on-campus recruiters)

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Francesco
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replied on Jan 13, 2021
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Hi there,

Any consultant can refer you within the company, however a referral from a senior employee brings more weight. The strongest referral will come from a Partner or Director.

Hope this helps,
Francesco

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Antonello
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replied on Jan 18, 2021
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Hi,

Managers and Partners should be your target for a referral if you're going to attend those master programs.

Good luck,

Antonello

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Clara
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replied on Jan 14, 2021
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Hello!

I disagree, they are for sure not the only way in. However, they are a good one.

In short, all employees, even analysts, can refer you, and it weights equally.

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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Ian
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replied on Jan 13, 2021
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Hi there,

Anyone currently at the company can refer you! It doesn't matter (too much) what exact level they are).

My general networking tips are as follows:

a) Reach out to people in your network

b) Reach out to people once removed from your network

c) Reach out to people with a similar backgorund to you (i.e. same alma mater, same historically underrepresented demographic i.e. gender, orientation, ethnicity, etc., same career switch, etc.)

d) Tailor a message to them specifically both showing interest in them and their journey and demonstrating that you have done your research and could be a valuable hire

e) Play "tag" across calls you get so that you can work your way towards the company/office/role you want

f) Never directly ask for a referral, but "hint" at needing one (this is nuanced and important...happy to talk through wording)

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Gaurav
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Hi there,

anyone can refer you, the higher the position of the person, the more value the referral has.

Cheers,

GB

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