Skype interview=in-person interview for Study Abroad?

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Hello, I am currently a sophomore at Boston College. I am planning on studying abroad during the spring of my junior year and have a quick question.

I am definitely interested in studying abroad during my junior year, but obtaining an internship is obviously my salient goal. Would studying abroad hinder my ability to interview for that summer? I am assuming that most interviews will occur during Januray-March of that year. Do you know if most firms have accommodations set up for this situation? For example, would they offer conducting an interview using Skype? And would studying abroad really hurt my chances?

Thanks in advance

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Dec 13, 2012

Go in the fall, network via email starting in late summer and while abroad, and you'll be fine. It's a great experience to have, and not just for your resume.

Dec 13, 2012

Honestly, it is worth going, but it is tough. If you go in the fall you miss out on all sorts of on campus events and networking possibilities that aren't possible from abroad etc, and many firms do first round interviews late November/early December. If you go in the spring you miss out on more interviews/superdays. I would say go in the fall, but you will have to make up for it and network your ass off in any and every way possible.

Dec 16, 2012

thanks for the advice. Will a spring study abroad really screw you over? i would rather go during a spring semester

Dec 16, 2012

Depends on the semester dates. Some of them don't begin until late January/early February, which is pretty ideal in that most recruiting is over by then. Others begin in the first week of January which means you miss a good 2-4 weeks of interviews and whatnot and that will screw you over.

Dec 16, 2012

Would you be able to go in and interview at the firm's Hong Kong office?

Dec 16, 2012

im not really sure, it seems doable but i think the people at the location id be applying for (prob. Boston/NY) would probably want to see if the firm would be a good fit for me. theres also the chance that i wont be able to get an internship with a firm that's "global" enough to have a HK location seeing as im from a non-target...

Dec 16, 2012

My friend who is a senior looking for FT offers was interviewing with mainly MBB like Bain, BCG, and Mckinsey while over here at their HK branches. Most of the HK branches are stocked with ex-pats and have contacts with people stateside so I'm pretty sure you can talk to the interviewers and figure out the fit.

Dec 16, 2012

i have had friends that flew back from study abroad to interview. this might be a feasible option for you as well
good luck!

Dec 16, 2012

Depends on the employer's preferences and distance. For different employers I've been flown in to interview, I've been invited to the local office and when I was in Asia myself, I was extended an offer after series of interviews via phone only.

The distance has never really been a problem - my theory is that it actually might turn out to be a good thing. If you cover the travel expenses yourself you show crazy determination, if it's a phone interview you can always have cheat notes and if it's local office or they fly you in then you just stand out as the kid to whom they had to make special arrangements (retrieval bias).

Dec 16, 2012

1st round will be over phone, then totally up to them, usually in person for final rounds. although i do know a person who got an offer without face to face interviews

Dec 16, 2012

interesting, do they have the same "database" for europe/US? Meaning will they know if we apply for internships in both places?

Dec 16, 2012

Thanks for info

Dec 16, 2012

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  •  Dec 16, 2012

As mentioned earlier, 1st round is most likely over the phone.

These are some procedures that my friends went through:
1st round: Local office --> 2nd round: NY office --> offer/decline
(I live in a city w/ many regional offices i.e. Chicago, Boston, LA, etc., so not a hassle to go into the local office)
1st round: Phone --> 2nd round: NY --> 3rd round: Abroad --> offer/decline
1st round: Phone --> 2nd round: NY --> 3rd round: Conference call w/ 3 HK members --> offer/decline

I'm sure there are other practices as well. I'd imagine that the firms would like to save the cost of flying you abroad if possible.

Dec 16, 2012

You mean will they hold-off on recruiting (a major expense on their part) until you're back?

I'll let you answer that one and draw your own conclusions. Who knows, maybe they will.

Dec 16, 2012

No, I meant do they interview via skype or something if you are abroad. I know some firms do that for first rounds anyways that's why I ask

Dec 16, 2012

If you're going abroad I recommend you plan ahead. Some firms, most notably Goldman Sachs holds an accelerated interview process for people who will be abroad in the spring. It's doable you just have to plan ahead, network ahead and be on top of everything. Find out who does OCR. Contact HR asap.

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Dec 16, 2012

What should I tell HR? Don't I have to get the interview first and then tell them or will it be too late by then? I'm a non target and am getting my resumes passed through my connections.....do I let them know?

Dec 16, 2012

Also, I know one firm said thatu if they invite me to interview, they will make the arrangements necessary but I'm not sure what other firms do this tho

Dec 16, 2012
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Robert Clayton Dean: What is happening?
Brill: I blew up the building.
Robert Clayton Dean: Why?
Brill: Because you made a phone call.