BCG No Longer Taking Referrals?

I just spoke with a family friend at an east coast office of BCG, and at the end of our chat, she let me know that she would like to refer me if she could but claimed BCG no longer has a dedicated referral system for undergrad candidates. I'm at a non-target for BCG and she told me my only option was to apply online and hope for the best.

Has anyone else heard anything like this / could this be office-specific? If there's no way for non-target applicants outside of an online application, it sounds like BCG has just totally closed itself off

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Aug 12, 2019

Hey randomconsultingguy, I'm the WSO Monkey any of these help:

If those topics were completely useless, don't blame me, blame my programmers...

Aug 14, 2019

Sounds like your family friend is either misinformed, or doesn't want to refer you and just couldn't be straight with you and say it.

Source: My roommate works at BCG and can 100% submit referrals

Aug 14, 2019

Are you sure your roommate can do undergrad pipeline referrals?

I have no information on BCG referrals but my firm doesn't do campus hire referrals, only experienced hire.

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Aug 14, 2019

Absolutely positive. Roommate submitted a referral for an undergrad from our alma mater last week

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Aug 14, 2019

I don't know the specifics at BCG, but in general, there's a huge difference between a professional and a personal reference. If you haven't worked with someone, they can't realistically provide a true reference of your skills and potential. Lots of people view personal references as unfair as they tend to benefit wealthy, connected people and encourage nepotism. Knowing how strongly consulting firms try to have a fair and meritocratic hiring process and that references for undergrad are practically always of a personal nature, it wouldn't surprise me if they got rid of it.

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Aug 14, 2019

I was referred into the interview process last year. Literally had an in person interview solely because I was referred in by a partner. Sorry.

Aug 14, 2019

Yeah referrals do exist but they're very selective.

Sep 11, 2019