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Counter-intuitive networking for Bain

My fondest Michael Moment occurred during networking.

I sent an email to an MBB partner and I received a slightly aggresive response. I was really worried and not sure how to respond. I wanted to send a detailed response trying to salvage the relationship by explaining my choices of questions.

I was pretty sure my chances were finished and my dream of an MBB offer was finished.

Michael gave me the strangest advice. He said I should do nothing.

That was such bizarre feedback.

He told me partners are the face of the firm.

“A partner should always be polite and professional since they have such selective requirements and need to balance that with utmost professionalism.”

If I waited long enough the partner would try to correct the situation since he could not leave the situation as it was. Michael was right as usual!

2 days later I received an email from the senior partner saying he had reviewed my resume again and felt we should talk.

That call did not lead to an offer but I eventually got into Bain by using similar advice from Michael.

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