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Bain & Co. recruiter David G. Sanderson reveals how candidates can win a job, beginning a rapid progression to partner at his firm

David G. Sanderson is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Bain & Company, where he heads global recruiting. Sanderson joined the firm in 1989 and founded Bain Los Angeles in 1995. Before joining Bain, Sanderson worked at IBM (IBM ) as a national account sales manager, systems engineer, and programmer. He holds an MBA from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. Sanderson says Bain stresses collaborative, team-based work within a meritocracy, where the individual can progress quickly through the ranks. He recently spoke with BusinessWeek Online Reporter Jeffrey Gangemi. Here are edited excerpts of their talk:

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