(Edit: Got a number of PMs here - Added my responses below the rest of the post)
I recently accepted a BB offer, am from a non-target, and thought I should contribute something here on WSO given the help and advice I have received from others. However, I did not want to do the typical success story – I tend to see those posts as less altruistic than they may actually be. So, I thought I would compile a short list of non-targets I know that “made it” into IB.
Hope this shows the “secrets” to breaking in from a non-target. Not all are from my school and some are from previous years.
•Started networking one year ago; crashed and burned in banking internship recruiting
•Found a spot at a small, regional PE shop through that networking
•400+ Emails; 100+ phone calls/meetings
•Two self-financed networking trips
•Accepted a BB FT offer
•Connection that got me the first interview where I accepted the offer
-o-Three times rescheduled phone call that turned into a coffee because I flew into his city -> office visit -> superday -> offer