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Do you have any chance of getting an interview with MBB if you went to a lower-tier school? (i.e. middle of the pack SEC school like UK or UT)? At what point does experience outweigh your alma mater?

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I have never heard of a client making that request. It’s unusual for client to weigh in on specific team members below Project Leader as nobody at that level can really be guaranteed during selling process. May have happened once or something, but I haven’t seen it in 10 years at MBB and it’s certainly not normal. I wouldn’t be surprised if partners pushed back and said ‘we have single hiring standard that everyone passes and we will staff the most capable and experienced people we have available onto this project’ Back to OP’s question your best bet is finding someone from your school at your target firm and getting them to campaign for you getting a first round interview. That’s really the barrier, once you have an interview it’s up to you to convert based on case performance.

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Yeah, in my experience BCG would never differentiate between hires once they made it through recruiting. And they often do push back when clients make requests that are problematic— see some clients in the ME who requested all male teams. BCG pushed back and those teams are mixed.

Experienced hire from state school here. Right experience matters more to land interview. After that, it’s all about case & culture fit

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I went to a shit school. We want good people, not fancy pedigrees.

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How did you apply? I'm firmly in the 2nd camp and went to an even more no-name school. Currently working on finding referrers that I have some type of relationship with to land an interview. No current MBB alum so I'm looking for friends/people I might have worked with before.

I went to a state school. You have a chance :)

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Target schools are mostly a campus recruiting concept that helps us concentrate resources. For lateral hiring, your experience is much more important.

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BCG recruits on campus at UVA and Duke. Now, Georgia Tech ...

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Bcg4- you want to help a fellow yellow jacket out haha? Figured I’d shoot my shot here

Is it true that clients can request practitioners from certain schools? Aka ivy league only or hsw only?

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The partner could just be honest with the client and say all the consultants from “Amazing University” are currently staffed—because they’re awesome. All we have left are these Tier 2, SEC graduates. Take it or leave it.

Cont... by “lower tier” I just mean a non-Ivy or similar school (UVA, Duke, etc..). Don’t want to offend anyone!

I went to an SEC school for undergrad and made it to MBB, but that was after getting an MBA from a decent state school like UVA, Michigan, etc.

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