I am currently preparing for a final round with a firm. I originally just applied online without any networking or referrals, and I want to reach out to some alumni to get to know more about the firm/local office and to show interest before my final round. However, I am worried about a couple things.
1. Since I am already in the interview process, would reaching out to current employees be seen as going behind HRs back or brown-nosing?
2. Would it be appropriate to reach out to employees that have only done their MBA where I have done my undergraduate? Is that a strong enough connection to ask for a quick chat?