How necessary is networking to MBB for target school candidates?
Hey, I'm a junior at University of Pennsylvania with ~3.7 GPA. I've heard that education matters for consulting even more so than IB. I'm wondering how likely it is to secure an interview at MBB without a lot of networking from a target school.
I also have a second question. For networking to matter, do I need to directly ask for a resume referral, or is having coffee chats with a few associates in the offices enough to work in my favor?