I recently received a return offer after a summer at a MM firm doing IB. I had previously networked a lot for full-time positions elsewhere just in case I didn't receive a return offer but even after receiving a return offer, I want to pursue opportunities at other banks for cultural and professional reasons. I've followed the threads on here about FT recruiting and it seems like some people are already receiving first rounds, phone screens, etc. I haven't heard back from a single place yet and all the people that I networked with told me the process starts late August, early September (told me a few months ago during the initial calls). I want to listen to what I was directly told on the phone but I also don't want to send an email too late and have all the spots get filled. It may be counter-intuitive to ask all of you since most of the people answering this are the same people posting on those threads, but how reliable are these threads regarding the recruiting timeline?
Thanks in advance.
Quick clarification for some people commenting: I am US (NYC), non-target, have until mid-September to accept/deny my offer