I was wondering how much a partner referral can help w LEK. I have a 3.1 and the partner said he will try to land me an interview, the minimum is a 3.4 but do you think an interview would be possible? Non-target, w competitive internships and President of consulting club. Please let me know if I should even try.
How much does Partner referal help w/ LEK?
It depends on how hard the partner will fight for you. As long as he pushes hard enough, a partner can make anything (within reason) happen.
Once you get to the interview, though, you are on your own, and the partner's referral is unlikely to have any impact. The fact you have competitive internships and a strong leadership experience should hopefully give you plenty to talk about at your interview.
If a partner truly recommends you, nothing else matters really - at least until your interview
I guess you are talking about the grades. I believe if the partner makes you a reference - the grades do not matter