Haven't started at McKinsey but was approached...

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As the title goes, I will be joining McKinsey soon, but have already been receiving quite a number of messages from head recruiters / headhunters from the venture capital, private equity, technology and corporate space to my LinkedIn inbox, since listing it on my profile. So far I've only been ignoring them, simply because I have no idea on how to reply and wouldn't want to jeopardize the offers.

A few of them seem to be great opportunities (think B Capital, Sequoia, Blackstone) which I'll be interested in, given my finance and technology background.

Given that I haven't yet started at McKinsey but will be interested in keeping these options open for some time in the near future, what would be a good way to respond to these invitations for calls / interviews? Also, how many years before a jump makes sense?

Can anyone share some similar experiences here?

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Jan 10, 2019

I hate you

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Jan 10, 2019

Weird flex but ok

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Jan 10, 2019

Normal for Mck, Bain et al. Had 10+ recruiters reaching out before starting the job. Just say you're interested further down the line but timing is not right. Don't waste their time but also don't leave them unanswered, easy enough

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Jan 11, 2019

Thanks! This is really helpful

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Jan 11, 2019

I don't think it hurts to have a few phone conversations with recruiters in industries you're really interested in. As long as you frame the conversation as, "I'm really new and just looking to gather information at this point" you should be okay. Most headhunters I talked with when I was less than a year into the job were happy to make the connection and tell me more about their industry and the respective recruiting process.

For something like PE in particular, there is a very strict recruiting process, and a set of stringent tests that need to be passed in interviews. Headhunters can walk you through all of this so that you're not caught off guard when the recruiting season comes around. Furthermore, PE recruiters are the gatekeepers to the industry. The better the relationships you have with them, the more likely they will be to send opportunities your way.

This is all food for thought. You definitely don't have to speak with recruiters, but as long as you don't sound like an idiot, you could learn a bit from these conversations with minimal downside. If you don't want to talk with them, make sure to respond and tell them that you're not interested now, but may be in the future.

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Jan 11, 2019

I love your username. I've finally found you, long lost brother.

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Jan 12, 2019

You gotta pay the troll toll to get into the boysss hole, you gotta pay the troll toll to get in!

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Jan 12, 2019

Appreciate your suggestions! Will be following this

Jan 12, 2019

The comments from The Nightman and LDNPE18 are useful for your situation. I'm wondering how you managed to get contacted by a lot of recruiters from prestigious firms like Blackstone. Could you explain which qualities and/or diplomas you have that make you so interesting for them? I'm in my penultimate year and I want to develop myself before working full time at a great company, so any advice that you'll give will be greatly appreciated.

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Jan 12, 2019

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Jan 13, 2019
xblaster2000:

I'm wondering how you managed to get contacted by a lot of recruiters from prestigious firms like Blackstone

Berrok (OP):

As the title goes, I will be joining McKinsey soon

Looks Like I found your answer right in the first sentence of the discussion

Remember, always be kind-hearted.

Jan 13, 2019

Yeah I see it now, thanks!

Jan 13, 2019

Remember, always be kind-hearted.