Should I try getting a referral from a Partner or an Associate?

I have several alumni at Partner level (obviously much older than me) with whom I can get in touch. But should I really focus on impressing the Partners, or the Associates?

School of thought 1: Associates have more incentive in referring (as they care about money), as partners don't really care much about the 10k or so they'll get for a successful referral.

School of thought 2: Partner's referral would be stronger (obviously), and more likely to work (whatever that means)

Please provide your inputs.

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Comments (6)

Nov 14, 2017

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Jul 14, 2017

I am assuming you're in college still. If you can build a solid rapport with a partner, then start there. At the end of a conversation, ask him/her for additional contacts at the group who you could speak with. They will most likely pass you over to an Analyst / Associate. Build good rep with them as well. You now have a strong foot in the door. Next step would be to not botch your interview and you should be in.

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Jul 14, 2017

Thanks, but who is more willing to put in that extra effort to find someone they can refer? Who has the greater incentive?

Jul 14, 2017

If you are a campus recruit, there is zero financial incentive. You assist because you: 1) Like the person. 2) think they can do the job. 3) Better your standing in the firm / culture by saying you brought good talent into the group.

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Jul 14, 2017

Thanks for the insight. I am actually not a campus recruit, I started a company and left after 2 years because it became boring. Given this new information, would your advice change now?

Jul 28, 2017