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After you’ve connected with a consultant on LinkedIn what’s the best practice for asking someone to give you a practice case? To balance respect someone’s time vs coming off as transactional. Should you first ask for coffee chat, then later a case or can you ask for a case in your first “chat”? I am prepping for MBB interviews but I know consultants work crazy hours so I don’t want to take up more time than necessary - what would you prefer? What is the best practice?

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Wait, you want someone to give you an internal case document and practice case interviews with you? Someone you don’t know? Respectfully and politely, please don’t do this. It’s outside professional norms and comes off as “I’m asking for special treatment”. I barely have time to have dinner 2x a week with my wife, let alone spend hours practicing case interviews with a total stranger.

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Honestly, I can’t think of some I know who would case a random linked in connect... plenty of people would be happy to help if they know you, but I think that’s too much to ask from a cold call

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Lol OP I am saying this with kindness, I promise. If they met you at a networking event or if they just accepted your connect on LinkedIn, they are still random. Do you have a relationship with them? Have you checked on to see how they’re feeling with covid? Do you know about their family situation or where they live? Would they recognize you at a bar? If no, these are not your friends or even colleagues you’re asking favors of. These are strangers.

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Why not pay or hire someone for case prep ?

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Lol thanks C2. I think you meant to say “you AREN’T worth that much.” I find that when insulting people, it’s best to use proper vocab. But thanks, it was a good try, and I’m sure disappointing when trying to insult someone but you end up looking dumb.

Don’t ask them. They don’t have time to help you train. Find someone else

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I prefer people just get to the point unless they are highly placed and just want to network.

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Same. Happy to help but prefer when people are direct with their ask so it wastes less time.

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