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Just received an email from Health Advances asking me to submit a cover letter on why I’m interested in healthcare consulting. Is this normal? Never had to do this for my other interviews. My background is in healthcare so don’t see why that’s necessary.

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Walk away. In this job market, the employer should be writing you a cover letter on why you should work for them.

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C1 - exactly! Perfectly said.

I actually do read the cover letters of candidates when I interviewed them. I am at a boutique similar to Health Advances.

Your boutique also requires cover letters or it’s optional?

ZS requires cover letters too if I’m not mistaken. And they’re in the same space as Health Advances. I submitted a cover letter for my B4 firm when I was interning and they read it asked me questions about it during the interview. I just think it’s there so save time in the interview (ie they don’t have to ask why you’re interested in healthcare so that time can be used for case or something).

Definitely don’t disagree with you. Cover letters are outdated. Just shedding light on why a company might as for it.

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We would ask for a cover letter to get a sense if a candidate is really interested in strategy consulting to product companies. A candidate in healthcare may not be an obvious match for strategy work if their prior experience is more operational. A cover letter is also like a well written executive summary- can someone pull out the key insights and articulate it in a compelling manner?

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