Non-Target with <3.0 GPA Lands MM Summer Analyst
I just wanted to thank everyone who contributes to WSO. I learned so much just by reading and really learned A LOT from the technical and behavioral interview guides. These things are dead on and really made me stand out during my interviews.
Here's my story;
I go to a non target school yet we have a top 15 undergraduate business school. I spent all of December and January networking my butt off with first alumni and then cold calling people at places we did not have alumni.
I spent more time on my job search than I did with school during January and February. While it felt like nothing was going to emerge I stay persistent and kept my head up.
I landed my offer through friending an alumni on LinkedIn and was able to see his email address and sent him an email explaining my story and what I was looking for. It took him 2 weeks to get back as he was a Director but I was able to schedule an informal phone call and that turned into an hour long conversation. We really hit it off and he was more than happy to forward my resume along to HR. About 2 weeks later I found out I was selected for a super day up in New York. I crushed my 3 interviews and found out a week later that I received an offer.
I think this really shows that anyone can do it. I come from a non-target, have a low GPA because I fucked things up freshman year and did not have the luxury of having a ton of alumni working there nor was I able to do a resume drop. This was old school networking and making the most of my 1 chance I had to impress the director.
All in all, it was a ridiculously busy last few months but I can look back and say that all the sweat equity was well worth it.