TTH wrote:While I'm here, I might as well tell a fun story about what happened to me last week.
I logged in to Symplicity Friday morning to see if any bid results got posted, and it said I did not get any invites. I was bummed out, but it wasn't unexpected. There were only four employers coming and I'm only t25%. I logged in later that afternoon to check for any new job postings, and it loaded the OCI page first (last page I looked at on the site before closing the browser), and the invitation column was gone.
Went to ask Career Services about it, and it turns out it was a glitch and that bid results aren't in yet and won't be till Tuesday. She said she'd heard back from one of the employers and told me I got a pre-select.
Happy ending, but it was a helluva ride.
It's amazing how incompetent these on campus interview programs can be (warning, the following story is long and not very interesting)
I applied to 14 places. I got 1 Pre-Select, and 1 Pending (aka waitlist). To get off the waitlist basically depends on the rest of your open schedule and the slots available for the employers. My Pre-Select employer didn't have enough money to make it from the East to SF, CA so they changed it to a phone interview. I mistakenly thought that the phone interview would clear up my schedule so that I could have a good shot at getting my Pending interview too... no such luck, they kept the interview block on my schedule until the deadline for assigning the open slots to the waitlists was over.
Showed up to campus 15 minutes before registration (8 AM) so that I could get in line to sign up for the remaining open slots. There were already 150 people ahead of me in line
and I didn't even have time to fully dress myself while all these other people had obviously been awake since 4-5 AM and standing in line in front of a closed building for over an hour and a half. After this line there was an entirely separate line for signing up for open slots. After waiting in line for at least 2 hours I finally got a chance to sign up for one of the last open slots (and thankfully it was for a job I really wanted). I got scheduled in at 10:30 or so. Ten minutes before the interview they call me and tell me that it's been rescheduled for 3:20. At 3:20 my interviewer apparently never knew that I was rescheduled so he thought the 3:20 slot was still empty and thus he never showed up. I called him, and he showed up at 3:50, the next time slot. After figuring out the problem I went at 3:50 and everyone else (including person that had the 3:50 slot) got shifted down another 30 minutes too. The interview actually went ridiculously well (all things considered) and the guy wanted me to talk to him after all the interviews were over so that I could forward my materials to the person in charge of hiring. Course that meant I had to wait till everyone else that got shifted down, so around 6PM I finally finished talking to guy. All in all, I'm really happy how it turned out, but I could think of better ways to have spent my time than just waiting all day long.
An electronic registration system could have prevented all these headaches.