Networking: who to talk to FIRST at your target firm: senior people (VP/MD) or junior/mid-level (Analyst/Associate)
Some might say that one must be properly armed not only with the technical knowledge but also the firm-specific knowledge for meetings with senior people in order for them to back you up for a position. Hence, one should meet with junior/midlevel people first. Thoughts?
Does the answer change if the person is an alumnus of your school?
Assume you are shooting for an associate position.