I landed an interview for this candidate in D.C. and Minneapolis. I worked with him and prepared him for the interviews with a thirty-minute preparation session. Even though he has had many interviews in his career, he was willing to listen to my advice and hear what has worked with other candidates to land their jobs. We talked about the top three things that a candidate should convey in an interview and practiced with some sample questions. Subsequently, he had great interviews with both firms and was willing to relocate. Since this candidate already lived in Minneapolis and had roots in that city, it made more sense to push for that firm. I followed up with all the firms and he had second-round interviews with both firms. I continued to follow up with the firms. He eventually received an offer from the Minneapolis firm and did not have to relocate after all. I was happy for him and his family that they were able to remain in their home and not have to deal with a crosscountry move. In this case, home is where the heart is.
This candidate's amazing resume and background made him easier to place than most candidates. However, his open mind and the fact that he was willing to listen to my advice helped him advance in the interview process and eventually land an offer. There is always something to learn and one should never stop learning when it comes to interviewing. It is always worth the 20 to 30 minutes to talk with your recruiter before an interviewer so she can prepare you. Another reason why this candidate received success with his job search is that he reviewed his BCG firm list every day and approved the firms. When you stay on top of your emails and approve the firms sent to you, your recruiter will be able to send you out to more firms. Additionally, it is helpful to check your firm lists each day as some firms have urgent hiring needs and only look to interview the candidates who submitted their resumes early in the process. He was also responsive to my emails for scheduling interviews and always answered my calls.
In this case, this candidate was a joy to work with and was receptive to all the help BCG could offer him. I am delighted he is able to remain in his home and that he will be able to advance his career at such a wonderful firm. BCG has many resources to help candidates with their job search. It makes sense to take advantage of all the collective knowledge that we have to offer. If you have a question about a certain topic, BCG most likely has an article about the topic. This candidate welcomely received all the materials we sent him to successfully land a new job.