I won't be able to have physical coffee chats with people at consulting firms because I won't be in the country, but I would still like to connect with them online. I would also like to reconnect with colleagues and alumni that I have already met at these firms. So my questions are:
1) What's the best way to start a conversation with consultants/analysts whom I haven't met before via linkedin, email, etc. Likewise for people I have already met but want to get in touch with them again such as school alumni? I'm a bit anxious in asking them about the recruiting process because it would just seem like I am only talking to them for that sole purpose.
2) What are some great questions to ask to learn more about the firm?
3) I find it really hard to build a strong connection with a consultant via text so do you have any advice on how to do so effectively?