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Apr 22, 2021 - 6:44pm

I wouldn't name drop at all. If there's a mutual connection between you and the interviewer it could help build rapport. That's just my opinion though. Hope you get more POVs.

Apr 22, 2021 - 6:53pm

I'll elaborate. I wouldn't recommend name-dropping in a cover letter. Assuming you get to the interview stage, then it might be appropriate to name-drop if it's relevant.

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Apr 22, 2021 - 8:52pm

There are a few ways to do this quasi-appropriately, though name-dropping often comes off the wrong way. If you are family-friends with a senior banker, best to contact that person directly or outside of the formal recruitment process. If you want to mention in your cover letter that you networked with someone at that firm/had an informational interview, describe what that person told you about the firm. For example, many people will touch on why they want to work at the firm to which they are applying. You can says something along the lines of: "Joe Banker said Firm does a lot of work in xyz space, which is something that has always interested me blah blah blah." This makes it seem less like a name-drop, and more like a way to contextualize how you know the information you are describing. Again, it is better to contact those people outside of the formal recruitment process and try to get an internal referral. Most large companies (banks included) have an internal webpage for formal recommendations/referrals.  

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