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What To Do With Alternates Post-OCI

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Aug 21, 2011 11:55 pm

I was selected by five firms as an alternate for OCI, but slots never opened up and these firms didn't take walk-ins or resume drops during interview days. I'm now past OCI and wondering whether I should forget about these firms (treat the alternate-with-no-interview as the same as a rejection) or send e-mails to recruiters to see if I can get screeners at some other point (treat alternate as a sign that the firm is willing to talk to me). I know it's getting late already and I'm not sure whether I should expend more energy chasing these firms. Thanks for any and all advice...

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Re: What To Do With Alternates Post-OCI

Postby Sup Kid » Sun Aug 21, 2011 11:58 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I was selected by five firms as an alternate for OCI, but slots never opened up and these firms didn't take walk-ins or resume drops during interview days. I'm now past OCI and wondering whether I should forget about these firms (treat the alternate-with-no-interview as the same as a rejection) or send e-mails to recruiters to see if I can get screeners at some other point (treat alternate as a sign that the firm is willing to talk to me). I know it's getting late already and I'm not sure whether I should expend more energy chasing these firms. Thanks for any and all advice...

In the 10 minutes that you'll spend writing on TLS and waiting for advice, you can send 5 generic emails to the firms saying "I was an alternate, can I come to your office for a screening interview, please find attached my resume, thank you." Just do it -- it can't hurt you.

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Re: What To Do With Alternates Post-OCI

Postby beach_terror » Mon Aug 22, 2011 11:01 am

Sup Kid wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I was selected by five firms as an alternate for OCI, but slots never opened up and these firms didn't take walk-ins or resume drops during interview days. I'm now past OCI and wondering whether I should forget about these firms (treat the alternate-with-no-interview as the same as a rejection) or send e-mails to recruiters to see if I can get screeners at some other point (treat alternate as a sign that the firm is willing to talk to me). I know it's getting late already and I'm not sure whether I should expend more energy chasing these firms. Thanks for any and all advice...

In the 10 minutes that you'll spend writing on TLS and waiting for advice, you can send 5 generic emails to the firms saying "I was an alternate, can I come to your office for a screening interview, please find attached my resume, thank you." Just do it -- it can't hurt you.

Good advice, was on the fence, but doing this now.

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Re: What To Do With Alternates Post-OCI

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 22, 2011 11:08 am

OP here, I sent my five e-mails this morning, for the benefit of future classes I'll update this post at some point to reflect whether there was any benefit to contacting these firms . . . though I agree there's absolutely no reason not to take the time and send the messages (it can't hurt!).




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