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Jan 17, 2014 - 4:17pm

@"Simple As..." Yes, I did. He is asking me why I chose/emailed him specifically rather than someone else. I picked him randomly, and obviously I cannot tell him that. What should my response be?

Jan 17, 2014 - 4:41pm

Is he an alumnus of your school? If so, say the school connection and the sector connection.

If he isn't an alumnus he's probably trying to be a dick, honestly. Just say something about the sector connection and hope for the best.


Of course, I would just buy in scales.


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Jan 17, 2014 - 4:32pm

@"parctribe" Group`s sector is only thing that is in common, nothing else. He is probably asking me why did you pick me rather than other associates in his group. He most likely wants to feel special, lol. No one had this kind of response before?

Jan 17, 2014 - 4:50pm

No problem, you'll come across people like that from time to time. Best to just be polite, smile and hope for the best/move on.


Of course, I would just buy in scales.


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Jan 17, 2014 - 4:46pm

I don't think he's being mean, I think he's just being direct!
Maybe just say you "wanted to emulate him in his career and that's why I sent this email, to understand how you went from grad student to BB analyst..then Associate(If that is how he became Associate, or maybe you should ask him how became Associate)?.

I wish someone cold emailed me one day :)....actually maybe not I can barely get through my 150 + work emails a day don't think I would even pick up on it

Jan 17, 2014 - 4:47pm

I haven't had much experience with this. My school has a lot of alumni so it's often not hard to find a connection at a firm in my target industry (consulting). Don't read too much into it, maybe he thinks that you may have met at a recruiting event or were referred by a mutual friend, and therefore doesn't want to embarrass himself for not remembering.

How did you find his information? Just going through names or was there a particular site that would be a commonality?

You could do the brushoff-answer as parctribe said. Something like "I have a deep interest in ABC and would appreciate any insight into that group you can share."

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Jan 18, 2014 - 10:49am

happened to me like 5 times man, no worries, just email him back that you're really interested in his group.

2 of the 5 went on to talk to me, since its still a chance.

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