Q: Feel there is no way I even stand a chance with full time positions there. Should I just focus on tier 2?
No. You can definitely get an invitation and offer even if you are rejected from an event. Events usually create a preferential channel for applications so it is great if you are invited, but there are other ways to break into consulting.
There are three main things you need to be invited for interviews:
- A great CV
- A great Cover (not always required)
- A referral – the more senior the person the better
Given you are coming from a non-target school, a referral would be very important in your case.
To find a referral, you should follow three steps:
- Identify the people who can help you
- Write to them a customized email
- Have a call and indirectly ask for a referral
You can find more information on networking and the steps to follow below:
▶ How to Network in Consulting
▶ How to Get a Referral – The Exact Steps
If you need help with getting invitations or have other questions please PM me, I do a session exactly on that where we can optimize everything you need for an invitation (referrals included).