GeePee wrote:I'm going to break the chain of anonymous replies, mostly because my OCI season was a tale of two cities and I was afraid it might not be credible anonymous.
It's hard to say exactly what was responsible for my lack of success in DC, but it seems unlikely that I just sucked as an interviewee because of the contrast in NY, even with the highly selective firms. You can strike out in DC from anywhere in any class, so I highly recommend bidding smartly.
I had a similar experience, but rationalized it slightly differently in my mind. I applied to only two DC firms - W&C and Covington (both are very selective, so maybe I can't speak about DC generally) and did not get CBs from either. I had a pretty rough time in NYC, too, getting one V5 but none of the others to which I applied in NY. On the other hand, I murdered California - including CBs-> offers from those two CA firms at the top of the Vault Selectivity rankings.
I have science background and my resume is entirely California (aside from the fact that I go to law school on East Coast) and concluded that DC and NY both want ties. People said NY wouldn't matter - but I got grilled about it during my screeners; actually, the one that grilled me most was the V5 that gave me an offer; maybe I was able to convince them. Felt well-prepared for screeners in DC but didn't feel a great connection with the interviewer. Maybe it's because I'm a California kid.
Market(s): LA, SF, DC, NY
Approximate class rank: top 3%
Law review: secondary
Work experience: 2 years paralegal
IP background: B.S.
Anything else that might have an impact? (diversity, etc.): no
Screening Interviews: 18
Mass mails: 10
Callbacks received: 8
Callbacks accepted: 8
Offers w/vault ranges: 1(v5), 4 top-California
How many firms just didn't get back with you with a rejection/callback? maybe 1-2