I have read the posts about referral on this forum, but still have some specific questions:
1. Currently, I am applying for MBB. For a specific firm, how many referrals would you try to secure? My original plan was to secure 2 people each firm to refer me, and send my CV to both to just make sure that the referral is completed. Should I just ask one person to refer, given that there might be an issue of referral bonus if I asked two people to refer for me?
2. It seems that firms like McKinsey have a referral system where you need to fill in specific reason why you think the candidate is a good fit. My question is, given that reason for referral needs to be provided (instead of just forwarding application to HR), is it still logical to cold mail to find a person who could refer me? Even if I successfully had a quick chat on phone with an employee, it's hard for him to provide solid reasons of why he should recommend me.
3. I have spent a lot of time sending cold mails and asking for phone chat. But some of my friends mentioned that they would prefer referring people (to earn the $) but wouldn't want to spend time to chat. Is it recommended to directly cold mail and ask the employee whether he could refer me (of course, crafting a nice mail mentioning about my background and motivation)?
Any suggestion would be appreciated. Thanks a lot!