Good call but no referrals to other people

I had a great call with someone, and they added me back on Linekldn after the call, as well. They said they'd put me in touch with others in their group. However, it's been more than a week, and I have yet to get a response from them for another person to contact. I am just wondering if it's okay to follow-up asking them for another person to talk to again. All signs such as LinkedIn adding and them originally being willing to offer to connect me to another person point to it being a good call. So, I am just wondering what to do next.

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  • Associate 3 in IB-M&A
Sep 9, 2022 - 1:35pm

Yeah you can follow up one time and ask if there's anyone else in their group you should speak to. if they don't respond, you can just reach out to other people on your own. It's not like he's going to refer you to the group head, more than likely it's gonna be his analyst buddy who you can email on your own

I also would accept almost anyone's LI request so I don't think that's a huge green flag. Call going well is good, but if he doesn't respond just keep on trucking

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Sep 9, 2022 - 1:43pm
CharlesCheese, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I would wait until 2 weeks.  Reach out them and have something else to lead with "I was thinking more about what you said on X", "I was looking into X that we discussed and got X impression",  something that provides continuity from the prior conversation and demonstrates your continued and sincere interest in learning from them as opposed to simply getting a seat. 

At the end, almost as a throwaway, is the time to mention what you're really after... "btw you mentioned you'd be willing to put me in touch with others in the group, I'd be grateful for an introduction.  I have a sincere interest in X and would really appreciate the opportunity to get insight and perspective from others"

In a typical interview context, you want to be more direct (i.e. I want this job, I can do this job, I'm ready to go, type of thing) but with networking you want to ease into that.  Others may disagree but I think it's best not to sound desperate and even more important to not make the person (who is ultimately doing you a favor) feel a burden.

Sep 9, 2022 - 1:50pm
high hopes, what's your opinion? Comment below:
CharlesCheese

I would be wait until 2 weeks.  Reach out them and have something else to lead with "I was thinking more about what you said on X", "I was looking into X that we discussed and got X impression",  something that provides continuity from the prior conversation and demonstrates your continued and sincere interest in learning from them as opposed to simply getting a seat. 

At the end, almost as a throwaway, is the time to mention what you're really after... "btw you mentioned you'd be willing to put me in touch with others in the group, I'd be grateful for an introduction.  I have a sincere interest in X and would really appreciate the opportunity to get insight and perspective from others"

In a typical interview context, you want to be more direct (i.e. I want this job, I can do this job, I'm ready to go, type of thing) but with networking you want to ease into that.  Others may disagree but I think it's best not to sound desperate and even more important to not make the person (who is ultimately doing you a favor) feel a burden.

"Btw you mentioned X" is terrible to put in an email for IB networking and comes off as giving heat to somebody helping you

Sep 9, 2022 - 1:54pm
CharlesCheese, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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