Had a 2.0 from a non-target and broke into a MM bank for a SA position
I'd love to just give back and help out anyone who needs any words of advice throughout their IB recruitment process.
I'm from a non-target, got a 2.0, and have now recently accepted an IB position with a top MM bank.
If there was one small piece of advice I could offer straightaway, it would be networking, going on LinkedIn, finding professionals in IB from your alumni, getting them on the phone, and building that connection. If they like you, and you've mentioned that their company has a Summer Analyst position opening, they WILL forward your resume along to HR and that's how you break in the doors.
That right there is half the battle. The other half is hammering down your technicals, but those are easy with all the resources available today. I could not be more serious, it's literally all about getting someone to like you, and want to help you out.
Network network network. Aim for 3 calls a week with VP's / MDs / or Principals. Since analysts hardly have any pull, and are more concerned about their own job security, you want to aim for the head honchos when it comes to networking! They're the ones who make the game time decisions of who gets hired.
Please feel free to PM me with any questions and I'd be glad to discuss.