School OCI 50% pre-select, 50% lottery - Any chance of job?

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School OCI 50% pre-select, 50% lottery - Any chance of job?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Aug 02, 2012 2:45 pm

Hey all,

So our school's OCI let's employers pre-select 50% of their schedule, and does lottery for the rest. I only snagged one pre-select interview out of 50 or so firms that are coming. What are the chances that I could get a Summer Associateship off of a lottery interview when I'm competing against pre-selects?

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Re: School OCI 50% pre-select, 50% lottery - Any chance of job?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Aug 02, 2012 3:06 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Hey all,

So our school's OCI let's employers pre-select 50% of their schedule, and does lottery for the rest. I only snagged one pre-select interview out of 50 or so firms that are coming. What are the chances that I could get a Summer Associateship off of a lottery interview when I'm competing against pre-selects?


how close to being "pre-selected" would u imagine you are? if you think everyone they pre-selected has a 3.6+ and you have a 3.2 probably really unlikely. if you think you are just outside then maybe if you wow them you could end up with an offer. also depends on the firms- some firms are much more open to taking a look at lottery candidates and some arent...

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Re: School OCI 50% pre-select, 50% lottery - Any chance of job?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Aug 02, 2012 3:16 pm

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Anonymous User wrote:Hey all,

So our school's OCI let's employers pre-select 50% of their schedule, and does lottery for the rest. I only snagged one pre-select interview out of 50 or so firms that are coming. What are the chances that I could get a Summer Associateship off of a lottery interview when I'm competing against pre-selects?


how close to being "pre-selected" would u imagine you are? if you think everyone they pre-selected has a 3.6+ and you have a 3.2 probably really unlikely. if you think you are just outside then maybe if you wow them you could end up with an offer. also depends on the firms- some firms are much more open to taking a look at lottery candidates and some arent...


Well I don't know who did get pre-selects with the firms I'm hoping to hit with lottery - but I have good work experience and the firms are either in my hometown market or a nearby market which (I'd imagine) not many top-grades students want to be in.

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Re: School OCI 50% pre-select, 50% lottery - Any chance of job?

Postby TTH » Thu Aug 02, 2012 3:19 pm

My school allows firms to pre-select even more of their slots, and I know one or two people who got jobs off of lottery interviews. But really, I always approached it as "they've already looked at me and weren't interested."

If nothing else, it's good interview practice.

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Re: School OCI 50% pre-select, 50% lottery - Any chance of job?

Postby dixon02 » Thu Aug 02, 2012 3:20 pm

This is all fairly irrelevant. At this point, it should be pretty clear to you that OCI should be taken as nothing more than a best case scenario and is unlikely to result in a job. You should be mass mailing like crazy and operating under the assumption that anything that comes out of OCI is just a bonus.

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Re: School OCI 50% pre-select, 50% lottery - Any chance of job?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Aug 02, 2012 3:27 pm

TTH wrote:My school allows firms to pre-select even more of their slots, and I know one or two people who got jobs off of lottery interviews. But really, I always approached it as "they've already looked at me and weren't interested."

If nothing else, it's good interview practice.



Well that's something to be positive about, at least.



dixon02 wrote:This is all fairly irrelevant. At this point, it should be pretty clear to you that OCI should be taken as nothing more than a best case scenario and is unlikely to result in a job. You should be mass mailing like crazy and operating under the assumption that anything that comes out of OCI is just a bonus.


Yeah no worries, I'm doing that too - but a couple of firms I REALLY wanted are at OCI, even though they aren't in the major market in my state. So I'm hoping all hope isn't lost.

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Re: School OCI 50% pre-select, 50% lottery - Any chance of job?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Aug 02, 2012 5:49 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Hey all,

So our school's OCI let's employers pre-select 50% of their schedule, and does lottery for the rest. I only snagged one pre-select interview out of 50 or so firms that are coming. What are the chances that I could get a Summer Associateship off of a lottery interview when I'm competing against pre-selects?


Definitely treat it like you got it as a preselect. While many (maybe even most) employers treat lottery interviews as lost causes, some are still willing to hire lottery interviewees (especially when the credentials are still within range). I ended up converting a lottery interview into an offer and am summering there right now.




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