This past summer I have networked relentlessly to aim for interviews. Often I'm meet someone who connects me to more people and so forth. Eventually I just get connected to people who set up a phone call and don't answer, and never respond to me.
At least 45% of my calls are either unanswered completely or they ask to reschedule and then never answer a follow up (a nice(?) way of saying no I'd rather not talk)
I'd end up talking to 4-5, sometimes even 10 people at certain places, who at the end of the call I ask for advice, and they connect me to someone else. This just has gone in circles constantly until I either hit someone who never answers the referral email, arranges a call but forgets/ignores it and doesn't answer my follow up, or they reschedule the call and then stop answering follow ups.
I had at least believed speaking to 4-5+ people between the associate and VP level would be enough for a couple first rounds, and although I'd keep trying to network, I would eventually be told the only thing I can do is for HR to screen me.
I'm from a non-target obviously, and I am going to get screened out. I ended up getting 1 first round, and its september at this point. It feels like the money I spent on multiple trips to NYC, time spent for thousands of cold emails, and time spent for so many coffee meetings was completely wasted.
This whole summer I have felt like I've been going in circles at these banks, everyone I speak with connects me with someone else who might be able to help with my application, who then connect me to someone else, who then connects me to someone else, who ignores my email. I understand these are busy people, but from the perspective of a student aiming to get a job, what do I do? Is that just a brick wall? It feels like I've been hitting my head against a brick wall with networking.
Many people from these places indicated that I should expect to receive a first round or super day (and some outright told me to get back to them when that happened, it never did)