How Much Does Networking Matter Once You Get to a Superday?

As the title suggests, how much networking should you continue to do once you get invited to a super day? Obviously, you can never network too much, but I am wondering if at this point it would be better for me to focus on preparing for technicals/behaviorals rather than continuing to reach out to alumni for the firm I am interviewing for- thoughts??

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Aug 2, 2018

Por que no los dos?

Aug 2, 2018

Definitely not a definitive answer, but I would probably only continue networking if I had "warm contacts" at the firm where I was interviewing. By this I mean I have some sort of personal connection or introduction. Probably wouldn't do much cold emailing etc. and kinda doubt it would help much.

Interested in other opinions.

Aug 2, 2018

hmm thanks, I have a few alumni at the firm that I had reached out to and they introduced me to some others, but yeah I 100% agree about no longer cold emailing.

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Aug 2, 2018

Definitely couldn't hurt. If you feel comfortable enough with your connection to them, you could reach out under the premise of asking for their help to prepare etc.

Aug 3, 2018

I don't think cold calling/emailing people will help much at this point, but you should definitely get back in touch with any contacts you already have at the firm to let them know that you got invited and to thank them for their help. In doing so, you're getting back on their radar at an opportune time in case they can in any way influence the decision, and you can also ask for any specific advice they might have as well as get specific insight into the firm that you can bring up during the interviews.

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Aug 3, 2018

So this is going to be big picture.

Networking is something you should never stop. And I honestly mean that. It should be something that once you start, you never stop and dedicate at least 2 hours a week towards it. Because the one thing I've learned is that it truly isn't "what you know" it's "who you know".

People have gotten away from the idea of "politics" in their workplace, but they are as relevant as ever.

You need to first off network and build relationships with people that are powerful and and those that will help you succeed. By doing so, your'e able to give yourself and advantage no matter what you're trying to achieve.

Being very well network is never a bad thing. Going to coffee interviews and lunches with people you think have information that is valuable is 100% something you should start as early as possible, and do it as much as possible.

Because of course, over time, you'll need to be able to do the basics of the job and maybe even to a high level -- but a slightly above average guy with an amazing network will do better than someone who is top performer but only has a basic network.

I have a ton of great books I could recommend for networking, because the one thing most mid-twenties professional don't do is network.

It's not always about quantity but it's about quality. Having 15 to 20 people in positions you want to be, to be able to bounce questions off of, and pick their brain, and have a network of people that are EXTREMELY useful as a connection. Whether that be jobs, or opportunities, or just being able to learn from.

We've gotten away from the network and mentors attitude that work extremely well (read biographies of billionaires and millionaires, almost always have mentors and a strong network) and something we can learn from.

"It is better to have a friendship based on business, than a business based on friendship." - Rockefeller.

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Aug 3, 2018

I appreciate the detailed post!

What books would you recommend on the subject?

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Aug 3, 2018

While not a book, there is an HBS Case Study on Heidi Roizen, a master networker and successful venture capitalist. It not only discusses the benefits of networking, but it also explains how she was able to form such an expansive, career-benefiting network. It's worth a read if you can get access to it.

Aug 3, 2018

The holy grail book is Never Eat Lunch Alone. But give me a few hours and I'll fill this bad puppy up with all the resources I know ot.

"It is better to have a friendship based on business, than a business based on friendship." - Rockefeller.

"Live fast, die hard. Leave a good looking body." - Navy SEAL

Aug 3, 2018

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Aug 5, 2018
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