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MBA networking do's and don'ts [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2009, 07:54
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Found this article on BW on tips for networking do's and dont's: http://images.businessweek.com/ss/06/09/networking/index_01.htm

Anyone have other helpful tips?
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Re: MBA networking do's and don'ts [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2009, 08:06
One of the advice in the article:

"DO: Skip the Buffet.."


I would also add "Go Easy on the Open Bar..."

I was invited to a JP Morgan Networking event in my senior year in college to their midtown Park Ave building. It was a get-to-know-one-another kinda thing between interviewees and interviewers a day before the final round of interviews. They had snacks on the table and an open bar.

There was this junior banker who had little too many drinks and started hitting on some of the female undergrads at the event. His face was all red, and his intoxication was evident even to senior bankers attending the event.

Long story short, he was taken aside by an older banker at the event and he was never seen again that night. Next morning, HR rep told me that instead of 4 interviews, I would have 3 interviews that morning because one of my interviewer wasn't available anymore. That drunken dude was one of my interviewer, I found out later.... So I ended up doing my fourth interview 2 days later with another person.

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Re: MBA networking do's and don'ts [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2009, 08:43
Wipe Off Sweaty Palms

Many people get nervous and as a result, they suffer from dry mouth, rapid heartbeats, and sweaty palms.

Also, if you are a guy and you are handshaking a female executive, don't squeeze her hand so hard (as you would with a male counterpart).
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Re: MBA networking do's and don'ts [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2009, 09:10
BearStearner wrote:

Also, if you are a guy and you are handshaking a female executive, don't squeeze her hand so hard (as you would with a male counterpart).


I do that too, but funnily enough some women get frustrated by that!
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Re: MBA networking do's and don'ts [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2009, 09:12
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One of the advice in the article:

"DO: Skip the Buffet.."


I would also add "Go Easy on the Open Bar..."

I was invited to a JP Morgan Networking event in my senior year in college to their midtown Park Ave building. It was a get-to-know-one-another kinda thing between interviewees and interviewers a day before the final round of interviews. They had snacks on the table and an open bar.

There was this junior banker who had little too many drinks and started hitting on some of the female undergrads at the event. His face was all red, and his intoxication was evident even to senior bankers attending the event.

Long story short, he was taken aside by an older banker at the event and he was never seen again that night. Next morning, HR rep told me that instead of 4 interviews, I would have 3 interviews that morning because one of my interviewer wasn't available anymore. That drunken dude was one of my interviewer, I found out later.... So I ended up doing my fourth interview 2 days later with another person.


Agreed. I almost blew up my chances with an IB this year: they organised a great wine tasting event with really good Old World wines, and I just couldn't help myself. Thank God I left on time.

To my defense, the wines were great :-D
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Re: MBA networking do's and don'ts [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2009, 10:20
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Also, if you are a guy and you are handshaking a female executive, don't squeeze her hand so hard (as you would with a male counterpart).


You guys worry about random stuff :)
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Another tip:

Go to one or two recruiting networking events for companies or industries that you have absolutely no interest in. Treat these as "practice" networking if you're unsure or relatively green to the whole schmoozing thing. You'll get comfortable with it in a no-risk situation.
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Re: MBA networking do's and don'ts [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2009, 11:43
Be confident and gregarious, though not obsequious. Assume you're on top of the pack for the job/internship in question. No one wants to hire a wilting violet.

And for god's sake, don't brown nose.
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Re: MBA networking do's and don'ts [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2009, 12:37
I would say buy this book for starters: http://www.amazon.com/Never-Eat-Alone-Secrets-Relationship/dp/0385512058 It is absolutely fantastic for learning how to expand your network. Many of the lessons in the book are guiding how I am going about creating contacts at every IB prior to B-school.

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1. Chat up everyone you have time to have a 3-5 minute meaningful conversation with at networking events, but don't just wisp around the room talking to everyone for 30 seconds. The more people you meet, the more people you have going to bat for you. Just try and have as many meaningful conversations as possible. Also, say hi and have conversation with the people you know and are comfortable with at your target firm, but try and branch out as much as possible and cast your net wide.

2. ALWAYS Follow up - especially important, it is the only way to keep a relationship going
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Re: MBA networking do's and don'ts [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2009, 14:12
AlexMBAApply wrote:
Another tip:

Go to one or two recruiting networking events for companies or industries that you have absolutely no interest in. Treat these as "practice" networking if you're unsure or relatively green to the whole schmoozing thing. You'll get comfortable with it in a no-risk situation.


That can seriously annoy people actively recruiting in that field, so be sure to show a certain amount of graciousness and self awareness if you do this.
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