When / how to apply to entry level roles at MBB as a lateral hire?
Started recently at a T2 firm, consideringfor entry level generalist roles. From what I understand, if I did this with a year of experience or less, I would have to 'reset' at an MBB firm and would start as an equivalent to a fresh undergraduate hire.
a) How common is this? From what I've read, it's not common but not unheard of either. I imagine that it depends on which MBB you are applying to and what region you are in. Evidently, there has been an uptick in lateral hiring across the consulting industry lately to meet project demand. Is this something that has increased demand for lateral generalist consulting hires as well?
b) How much experience should I have before attempting to do this? Is there a minimum amount of experience I should have first (i.e. 6 months, 1 year) or should I look to apply as soon as possible because I would be starting over? Alternatively, is it better to get more experience (say, 2 years) and attempt to come in above the entry level (but still as a generalist)?
c) What time of year should I attempt to do this? Should I be applying at the same time that campus recruiting is going on? Or does it not really matter?
Any other insight into the lateral process at MBB firms would be greatly appreciated!