In order to network successfully, you have to show that you know what you’re talking about. This means you will have to do a lot of reading, research, and preparation throughout the process. One of the things most students dread the most are the technical concepts you must be comfortable with in order to get into investment banking. Although it is unlikely that anyone would ask you a technical question during an informational interview, you should have a broad understanding of how things fit together. This will not only help you be more confident when discussing certain topics with professionals you are networking with, but it will also help flatten the learning curve for when it comes time to practice technicals for interviews. At the end of the day, no one will expect you to be an expert on any of these topics, but it is important to have an understanding of them to the extent that we cover here.