Anonymous User wrote:had 20+ interviews, good ip bg from good school, good grades from T14. 0 callbacks so pretty sure theres something seriously lacking in my interviewing abilities (i know people with same background, lower grades, who have already gotten 4-5 callbacks).
giving up on plip; any tips on how to improve for oci...?
btw, given how many firms have already given call backs, i think its pretty safe to assume that if we have not heard from somewhere now, although we're not necessarily dinged, we're not in the first batch of callbacks for that firm.
I seriously would not worry yet. As everyone else has said, it is much too early for people to be freaking the hell out like they are. Take a deep breath and relax. With 20 interview slots, you are bound to get at least a few call backs. And regardless as to how it may feel, the majority of firms have not started sending them out yet. Especially the bigger ones, where you probably interviewed. So chill.
However, if there is something wrong with the way you interview, we are going to need more information to be able to help you.
Some example questions whose answeres might help us help you would be:
1. Did you make sure your attire was correct? (Suit cleaned and pressed and a dark gray, navy blue, or other conservative color; Shoes and belt matching-usually black-and polished/not scuffed up; shirt pressed and matching, usually a white, off white, light blue, light gray, or other light non obtrusive color; matching tie, not a ridiulous print)
2. Did you have a portfolio or case of some kind to store your resume, transcripts, writing sample, and all the stuff they gave you so that you look organized and are not just carying around a lot of loose papers?
3. Did you keep the conversation rolling during the interview?
4. Did you maintain eye contact?
5. Did you use a lot of placeholder words as you were trying to answer questions?
6. Did you have to take huge pauses while thinking of questions to ask them?
7. Do you have a strong accent which is hard to understand and are shooting for litigation?
8. Do you think you came across as genuine or fake? Together or scattered? Spontanious or rehearsed?
9. Did you manage to get the conversation onto something specific to the firm, or was it all in generalities?
10. Did you make jokes that weren't funny, or were inappropriate?
11. Did you ask questions that could easily be answered by the website or the NALP sheet, or that just wouldn't really be appropriate in a screening interview (like "What do you get paid?", "What is the billable hour requirement?", or "Do you pay for travel for callback interviews?"
Those are just a few I can think of off the top of my head. However, the only way we could really diagnose the problem is if we were in there with you. So it comes down to self evaluation on your part to figure out what the probem might be.