Once you get on a call with someone at a firm and ask questions about the bank or fund, what do you typically do? I understand you generally want to ask for a referral to speak with someone else but when do you start talking about applications?
As in, say I talk to 3-4 people at a bank, do I shoot them an email saying I applied once I formally submit an application or do you ask something different on the phone prior? Essentially, what's the best way to get the first round interview?
(yes I understand you want to make genuine relationships and that's been my primary goal so far but of course I am considering getting the interview)