Anonymous User wrote: 5ky wrote: chem wrote:
5ky wrote:How many interviews are you allowed to keep this year?
23 I think?
If your GPA is over 3.6, 3.65 or so, then your bid list will be almost entirely irrelevant, because you won't be participating in the lottery, unless you decline so many you drop below the limit in hopes of getting a lottery interview with your favorite firm. That's not something I did, but I suppose it's not that
risky, KD's admonitions about a bird in hand being better.
But even if you want to do that, nothing more than your very top few will matter at all.
Can you explain how this works. I'm just having issues following the logic.
So if you really want a particular firm, and decline lots of interviews, you get a better ranking slot? Can you just keep it at say 20, so you make sure you get your 3 favorites?
Doesn't the OGI handbook or whatever walk through this for you?
You're only allowed to keep 23 interviews.
The preselect stage comes first. There you find out how many interviews you got selected for. You can keep them or decline them. If you have over 23, you HAVE to decline some.
Next comes the alternate trickle-down stage. Because the very top of the class will have to decline a boatload of interviews, those people selected as alternates will find that their alternate has turned into a preselect. For some people, this will mean that they have now hit the 23 cap and have to drop interviews to be able to pick up the alternate. Note that KD does this manually, contacting each person as needed, over the course of like 24 hours. He is a machine. For others, the alternate turning into a preselect doesn't require declining any preselects because they are under the 23 limit.
Finally comes the lottery. You only participate in the lottery if you have under the 23 limit. If you are at 23, your list is full, so you obviously can't participate. This is where most of the people medianish and below will get the bulk of their interviews from.
As to whether you want to decline interviews to get your number around 20 in hopes of getting your top 3 or so from your bid list is an individual decision. When we went through, KD advocated the bird in hand decision, and wasn't a huge proponent of declining preselects (remember this means that the firm looked over a bunch of resumes and selected your) for the possibility
of getting lottery interview (which means the firm looked at your resume and decided it wasn't one of the top 20/40/whatever people they wanted to interview). I don't know the difference in CB rate for preselects/lottery interviews. I have heard it is not as big as you might think, but I am sure it is at least a little lower.
The logic of declining an interview in hopes of getting one of your top 3 or whatever is that you are exchanging a firm you are lukewarm on for the chance of getting to interview at one of your Dream Firms. This is of course a bit silly because the decision is invariably made on lolVault, but I suppose that's better than nothing. You might want to drop your Baker & McKenzie preselect for the chance at a DPW lottery interview, that's perfectly fair. But you can also special request firms you really want, so keep that in mind. I kept all of my interviews and then special requested two I didn't get but were at the top of my list. (unless you aren't allowed to special request if you are at interview cap. this was a gray area during my OGI)