This is a question for you guys who are now in the industry, but I'm sure most people can relate.
The situation: You're an undergrad looking for a job/internship. You reach out to an alum from your school at a firm you would absolutely love to work for asking to speak with them about the position and their experience with the firm. You attach your resume in the initial email, and you have nothing to hide on your resume (good stats, good experience, and don't look like an anti-social dude). They respond promptly within a day or so with an incredibly encouraging email "Thanks for reaching out. I would love to talk about the firm and the opportunity. Let me know what times you are free and we can set something up" or something along those lines. You're on cloud 9, way overly optimistic, but nonetheless. You respond giving a bunch of times (you are very flexible of course) that work for you. A day goes by, 2, 3, nothing. You wait a week and send the person an email "Hi XXX, I would still love to speak with you about your work at XXX if you are available. Let me know what would work best." Something like this. Another week goes by, nothing. If you are really persistent (and want to make yourself feel annoying) you maybe send another email a few weeks later, alas, you don't hear another word.
I won't lie, this has happened to me as much as the rest, and it is frustrating to say the least. So my question to those guys in the industry who get regular messages from kids at their alma mater, is what causes this to happen?
Sure, you're busy, and it is totally understandable if you forget to respond to an annoying kid's email, but I guess I've never understood how the correspondence can die so quickly- I think it is pretty tough to genuinely make someone not like you over a few generic emails.
Anyways, there it is. This is not actually a rant, as this hasn't happened to me in a while, but I just finally reconnected a person where this was the situation, and it got me thinking.