Desert Fox wrote:The problem is that if you give a firm a set number of interviews, they are mostly just going to pick really good GPA. Firms don't seem to operate based on strict GPA floors. A firm would hire someone with a 3.3, might just pick the twenty students who have a 3.7-3.45. Even though they would have taken lower. If the firm has to narrow, they'll use GPA to do it.
Lottery works because people will want to target firms that will actually hire you. The 3.0 guy won't bid on Cravath. And the 3.9 won't bid on DLA Piper North Dakota. But in lottery, the 3.0 kid has to compete for an interview with the 3.9.
The only people who benefit from preselect are high grades / terrible interviewers.
Lol say what? That's exactly what (big) firms do. To a point where it's kind of amazing actually. I'm not even sure why they do screeners. NYC and DC firms are especially bad with this.
They may have a bottom floor, absolutely won't go below this for anyone floor. But Northwestern callback data suggests the lowest called back GPA is way lower than the median callback GPA.
My point was they don't just say, hey everyone above a 3.5 gets a callback, nobody below gets one. With preselect, I believe they tend to say, everyone below 3.5 won't even get a screener.