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Dumb question: is it appropriate to say the name of a client in an interview? If for example, I am asked a behavioral question I’d love to say the names of some of the clients I’ve worked with. But don’t want to come off as a breach of trust or anything.

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No names EVER. Client and firm confidentiality is important. An example that comes to mind - “when I worked at a consulting company that is harder to get into than Harvard, my client counterpart, who shared his name with the manager of the Scranton branch manager in “the office”, at a credit card major, not named visa, master card or discover, contracted my company to develop a business case for leveraging a social network that was the subject of the movie “the social network” for internal collaboration.”

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I mean, as long as they have a pretty common name (e.g. Mike, Sarah) and you stick to first names I can’t imagine the interviewer would be able to identify them.

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No. I’ve been on the industry side for 8 months now and have interviewed/hired several ex-consultants. I deal with way more in-the-gray sensitive data now. If you can’t follow the black-and-white rules in consulting, I can’t trust you here.

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Also the more ambiguous the client, the more freedom you have to exaggerate their accomplishments

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Thank you, I was in internal consulting before, so my client was obviously always the company I worked for. This is the first time I’m interviewing for a company post working for an external consulting firm so just wasn’t sure. My gut said no, but this explains ‘why’ nicely.

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This sounds weird, id be totally ok to bring up client names as needed in an interview, not in the resume though

Would this apply to public sector clients?

No. Public sector clients are generally public knowledge (eg via FOIA) as are major deliverables.

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Don’t ever mention names

You’re an SM and seriously asking this? The answer is no

Can you say "global search engine company" or "social media company"

Too obvious I can tell youre referring to Bing and MySpace

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