I'm lost trying to network

b029281's picture
Rank: Baboon | 156

I'm at a bb as an intern back office, there's nobody at the location in front office.

Now, heres the thing. I've been sending out random LinkedIn requests and managed to talk with a few IB Analysts.

Now heres the thing, the 10 minute conversations never go anywhere because I ask them lots of questions and advice but it's all generalized "know your technicals, have a good story, network hard" etc.

I cant figure out how to land any interviews though.

Now heres my question, I've got a managing director who added me and the recruiter for the position also added me. I've never talked/emailed either.

What's the best way to do this? It doesnt make sense for me to ask for a phone call to ask about their banking experience? So what do I ask/do?

I'm stressing myself out because in 4 days all in 2020 internship programs will be full.

What is the right way to convert the network into giving me an interview. Also on a side note, when I talk about my interest in product groups, I say how it will give me the best knowledge for valuation/modeling & I get to be part of team working on major deals & learning all industries but what else can I say to prove interest?

Comments (6)

Aug 6, 2019

so form my experience the 10 min phone calls aren't meant to go anywhere. They are meant to get a foot in the door.

what do you mean an MD and recruiter has added you for a position with talked too?

Aug 6, 2019

Like they accepted my LinkedIn request. I dont know where to go from there?

What's the smartest way to email or message them to tell them to interview me

Aug 6, 2019
  1. Accepting a linkedin request means nothing.
  2. Not to be rude, but quite being a pussy and just reach out. you don't have a lot of time, so its now or never.
Aug 7, 2019

PeRmAnEnTiNtErN is right, accepting requests really means nothing. I hope you've been at least putting notes to your friend requests.

Also, I'm sure you mean no offense, but your mindset (at least through your wordings) is wrong; you're not telling them to interview you, they have no reason to. Your approach is to **request ** for an informational chat to get to know about them ONLY if they're inclined to do so.

Don't limit yourself to reaching out to analysts - reach out to all levels. From a personal experience, this not only allows you to gain more leverage, but you really gain more insight on perspectives and overall culture of the firm.

In regard to your question on the product group part, I'd personally read up on the various deals they've done in different industries; this not only shows that you know product group allows you to experience different industries, but also there's different (yet exciting) dynamics in each deal.

Finally, don't just do this to the firm you're at, reach out to all other firms out there.

I, myself, am on the grind as well so I feel you, but keep pushing. Happy to provide more thoughts/inputs if needed.

Aug 9, 2019

Just to clarify, are you looking for a full time or intern role?

Agreed on a lot of what's been said already. If you aren't already, I would ask whoever you're networking with what the recruiting timeline looks like for their group and if you can send over a resume. For "proving your interest" read up on the deals they've done and try to go deeper than how you want to improve your modelling

Aug 9, 2019
    • 1