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Will smaller firms (OW, ADL etc) hire up a level when recruiting from Big 4 or do they see themselves as a lifestyle choice rather than a skills difference?

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For OW we typically hire down a level to try to lower expectations and maximize probability of a successful transition - aside from potential skills difference (which we can debate and is candidate-specific), there is always the cultural barrier to overcome which can derail experienced hires.

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Depends on the person, practice, and level

Yeah - I’ve heard horror stories of post mba people coming in at Consultant level (undergrad level). It doesn’t matter in the long run (or medium run) - you can jump levels pretty quickly to adjust to your actual competency

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