Anonymous User wrote:Anonymous User wrote:Anonymous User wrote:Personal observations (from a bunch of combined anecdotes): It seems the median student got anywhere from 2 to 5 lottery picks, and one or two preselects. Many people in the top third got around eight interviews, top quarter around twelve, with 15-20+ going to top 10% and/or LR people. Anyone eligible to interview with patent firms had a wider range of options. Consensus is that interviewers seemed very interested in work experience, and those who had been out in the real world a few years had a leg up.
Callbacks have been difficult to predict. From what I've seen, for those without a technical background, top third grades were necessary but not sufficient at most EIW firms. I noticed a lot of emphasis on fit during my own interviews. I do think, contrary to conventional wisdom, that external background factors matter now more than ever. If this all sounds very depressing, that was not my intention. This is meant to be a hopeful and encouraging message, as I do think we've seen some improvement from last year's OCI, and this story is very far from over. Most people I've talked to have heard from fewer than half of their interviewers at this point.
I absolutely agree. I have been so grateful for my past work experience because it's carried many of my interviews. That said though, I'm still highly aware of the possibility that I ultimately won't get an offer. Good luck to everyone and let's hope that the firms we have yet to hear from will be good news!
To the person who got 4 rejections today - I feel your pain, I've gotten 3 between yesterday and today.
I am the person who posted the above, and like the other anonymous user, I am also at four rejections. Eleven interviews total. Do you feel it was your WE and external circumstances that made you successful? I am curious, because I believe mine may be hurting me.
Yes, in my case, I believe WE helped. A lot of my interviewers had highlighted it on my resume and asked me about it right away. It was legal work though, and I think it showed that I've been committed to the legal field for a few years now. Do you think that your WE hurt because it was completely unrelated to law? I can't imagine how it could hurt you unless they think you're not serious about the law or wanting to work for a firm.
Still, my WE obviously wasn't enough - I'm at 6 dings and expecting more. Just hoping it all works out soon.