Anonymous User wrote:I'm just trying to get my ahead around the disparity between my mass mail interviews and my OCI ones so that I can formulate a game plan for the rest of OCI and re-work my approach. I've been doing very well through mass-mail interviews, but OCI doesn't look like its shaping up the same (could change, but who knows). Could this be because the mass mailings pre-screened me and were looking more toward my personality, while the OCI interviews are still hung up on things other than "fit" since they haven't had a chance to screen me in advance? Could it be that, since the timeframe of OCI interviews is shorter, I'm not condensing in all the info and points that have led to my mass-mail interview success? Could it be that, during OCI, I'm just one fish out of hundreds, whereas during a mass mail interview, I am likely one of just a select few people interviewing on a given day? Or perhaps it could be that my mass mailing interviews are in a market where I have very significant ties, whereas the ties aren't quite as strong to the OCI firms (though still pretty strong).
I just want to understand what I am doing wrong, and what I can do to change it up for the next 2 days of OCI. I still have about half my interviews left, so there are still many opportunities to salvage. I want to make sure I take advantage of this.
Just a guess, but maybe because when employers come to your new school, they're looking to snatch students from your new school (and not from your old school). You might be a perfectly acceptable candidate when you apply to them directly. But you're not really a student from your new school yet (in the sense that you don't have any grades from there and don't know any profs yet, etc...).
If you go to the grocery store with the intention of buying apples (because you have a certain target for the number of apples that you need), and you come across lots of oranges, you might really like oranges but not buy any during that shopping trip simply you aren't looking for oranges.
Edit: I think that you're also trying to attribute too much meaning to something that is pretty random/chaotic right now. Maybe things were different before ITE because firms had several decades to perfect knowing what students to go after, but you really might just be falling through the cracks (through no fault of your own).