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Hello fellow monkeys,

I have a few questions that i am hoping a few of you will be able to answer. I am fortunate to have a network of people can connect me to other influential people. The main question I have is what would be the most optimal way. I'll list the scenarios:

1) I have a close cousin who is a manager at Deloitte in the ERS division
2) I have a professor who went to a top mba program in Canada who has friends who are partners at some of the MBB. He said he was willing to refer me to them.
3) I have a pretty close friend who grew up with the recruiter at a mbb in canada. She also said she is more than willing to introduce me.

Some overarching questions I have

Should I try to meet with as many people from the firm I am most interested in or only a select few?
How much power does a recruiter wield? Would it be more ideal to get in the good graces of the recruiter or the consultants at the firm

The steps I was planning on taking:

1) Set up an informational interview with two consultants at firm
2) Send cover letter and resume to the recruiter pitching my self

Some background information: I am an undergrad studying business at a good university in Canada.

Hopefully people can pitch their ideas and all readers will be able to learn something.

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Nov 26, 2013

No harm in exploring all routes, but an in with a partner will go a lot farther than anyone else. The recruiters don't hold a lot of sway at mbb firms.

Nov 26, 2013

Thats what I figured. Should I attempt to set up informational interviews with as many people at any of the firms im interested (Deloitte, bain, BCG,Accenture) or should I be more strategic with who I get in contact with?

Nov 26, 2013

Cast a wide net. Get multiple nibbles is a good thing. You can drop subtle hints as you get further along the process...firms track cross-offers and rather expect it from top candidates.

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