Have had very ineffective networking experience during the past few months that led to almost zero interview during recruiting season. I've got people telling me I have a good story and seem passionate about the industry but still no one was willing to push my resume. I feel that it might be because I didn't really connect with the people on the phone, only asking standard questions about the office, deal experience, etc. How do you guys connect with people during networking calls? How do you find anything in common with those people? How do you get to diverge from talking about career path to talking about interests, at a networking call that's supposed to be career-oriented? How do you get people to like you?
Thanks in advance. Having failed miserably at this year's recruiting, I really need some advice to tighten up my game.
About my background, I am an international female and a non native English speaker. I don't have a very strong accent as I've been trying very hard to fit in and I'm also in a sorority. Doesn't really help when you're networking with investment bankers tho who are mostly American guys and you barely have anything in common.