Alright guys (and gals) thanks for reading my first post --newb I know-- I'll TRY to keep it short!
Background: December '16 grad (off time for recruiting I know). Non target State School, econ-based major pretty low (~2.9) cum GPA. Pretty Solid (~3.5) Major GPA. Intership at fortune 500 News Corp. subsidiary. While I was here I got bored with my work and ended up presenting a strategy to get into the digital payments space to the executive board. Very well received but ith very minor implimentation. I also cofounded astudent org at my school with the help of some . through this I was able to work alongside some MBB guys on projects and a lot of our reccomendations were implimented. Finally I began summer '15 as an intern for a tech startup based at an incubator at HBS. This blossomed into me joining the management team and directing biz dev and general strategy where I was able to drive a bottom line revenue increase of ~$300K (this was a result of my work alone the company itself is on pace for $1MM in FY1).
Fast forward to today and I've officially been a college grad for 3 months and ended my involvement with the HBS startup in Dec. I've been exploring the job market and have interviewed with Google and made it through 3-rounds before eing denied. I've also been able to get a PPD (partner referral) for's Commercial S/O however their Analyst class closed months ago and can't make room. I've turned down a few job offers but am seriously considering one I got yesterday from a startup. It's for a cold calling position, which is not ideal, but I was able to talk to the lead VC who invested in it and he said it's the best company in his portfolio. It's also all over forbes, business insider silicon valley journal etc.
Now that I've vomited out all of this information (hopefully your still reading) I'd like to end with a few questions. Having gotten pretty far in the process at Google and having gotten a PPD refferal at Deloitte S/O (Despite the poor timing) I feel somewhat validated that I'm smart enough and have a good enough background to at least get my foot n the door at some of these blue chip firms am I being a bit overly optimistic and how much will my non target grades and school haunt me? Also because the timing is such that entry level recruiting is off the table for MBB and the likes I'm thinking about taking this cold calling position. I need to get a job and this one's pretty solid in terms of comp (~80k) but has nothing to do with consulting. My thought is to take it for a few months to pay the bills and then apply for what I really want when things open up in august. Will this hurt my story/chances???
Appreciate any and all feedback. Shoot me straight!