Breaking into the IB industry help please?
A little background:
I come from a non-target with a low gpa (above 3.0 but below 3.3)
I have a bachelors in finance
I am determined to break into the IB industry
I have a phone interview with a guy that has done IB, PE, HF, and everything in between including working as a recruiter. The interview is this weekend and If I can do a good job then he will forward me to some of his current recruiters as-well as some current bankers.
I am working on preparing as well as possible and have thus far done the following
-Reading through both the behavioral and technical question guide from WSO
-Reading through Rosenbaums, "Investment Banking: Valuation, LBO, M&A"
-Doing extra studying on EV, EBITDA, and WACC
-Reviewing my resume and making sure I can speak for each item
-Browsing the forum and reading as much as possible to take in additional knowledge
I am currently about halfway through the behavioral guide and the IB book with 30 hours of combined time to finish them. Then I will quiz myself with some of the technical questions from the guide provided here. I am reading everything slowly and thoroughly.
Also incase it does not work out this weekend I have been working on building my network again. I was wondering if it is considered bad to network with people you may not know. I have very few alumnus from my school in IB and the few (less than 5) that are seem to ignore my attempts at speaking with them, may be busy or something though.
Is there anything else I can do to prepare? I am dedicated and motivated to break into the industry and stubborn enough to pick NYC as where I want to go. (also have a cousin that lives there so I could live for cheap and I am from the other side of NY )
Thanks for reading all of this.