5ky wrote: Anonymous User wrote:
desertlaw wrote:I think doing 4 markets might be stretching it. Maybe cut it down to 3.
Same guy here, not arguing with you, just picking your brain. I appreciate the feedback. Any reason why you think applying to more markets hurts your overall odds of getting a good job? In my 1L mind I don't see why it hurts my overall odds as long as the firms I apply to are reasonable for my grades and I can make a good case for that firm and that city. I could see why this would hurt my odds of getting a job in a specific market since I will have less bids to go around for each one.
Or if there isn't a particular reason, have you just seen things go poorly for people who have bid on a bunch of different cities?
I agree with desertlaw. I'm actually not quite sure why, but when they asked me why I wanted to be in City X, they also asked what other cities I applied to. Going through a whole thing about how you really want to be in City X, and then have to say you are applying to Cities W, Y and Z too isn't great. You could lie, I guess, but lying in an interview like that is a morally gray area and could also bite you in the ass.
I disagree with desertlaw and 5ky here. I targeted 5 cities at OGI last year (and actually interviewed for 6). My wife and I really hadn't decided where we wanted to end up and had decent stories for a lot of place. I ended with offers in 4 cities and choosing a city that I almost did not even interview for. So I would suggest doing place you are interested. It actually is a really good way to visit these cities and get a better sense of where you want to live (this opportunity is actually very valuable to you). Of course you should still maximize your chances of getting a job and plan accordingly. Mass mail may be a good to diversify and see what the interest is.
About telling a firm where you are interviewing when asked. It would be pretty dumb to recite a list of all the places that you have interviewed for or applied. When asked, I told them about a city close to them and the city closest to where I was from. Often I may mention NY as a backup. It is not lying to tell tell them where you are applying without giving them an exclusive list. I guess if they pressed you and said, "anywhere else?" I'd probably give them more info, but I wouldn't say more than one or two cities when they ask (its understandable that you may shoot resumes to everyplace you can think of). Really they dont care, they just want to know that you want to be in their city legitimately; as long as that is true, you don't have to say a lot.
Edit: the only downside with so many cities is obviously a lower number of interviews per city possibly, but you can always get around this if there is interest in you by mailing, asking people for additional interviews at lunch or though one of the more formal processes, making some other connection with someone at the firm, visiting the city and asking for interviews, etc. Additionally, for me scheduling callbacks in different places was kind of crazy and it may take a while to get everything in, but thats fine, just be prepared to do whatever you have to in terms of travel