I know that TLS can be a scary and sometimes awful place, but hopefully this will be an EXCELLENT resource for us all in the coming stressful months.
I’ll put this out front right away: I’m not an expert and I TOTALLY think that many of you reading this know more about bidding, interviewing and the EIP process than I do. I just hope we can use this MOST TRIUMPHANT thread to collaborate on bidlists and to share information when callbacks go out.
Please don’t be an asshole or a pretentious gunner in this thread.
I know we have a bit of a reputation, but
Please Use Anonymous Handles
We all want to maintain some privacy during this process. That said, it is also nice to keep track of who is saying what. I’m going to recommend that everyone pick a handle to sign their anonymous posts with (you obviously don’t have to) so that we can keep track of one another. As I’m writing this post with a Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure theme, you can always look there for a name if you’re stumped. Besides, historical figures are TOTALLY BOGUS.
Bidlists! I’m sure if you’re reading this you probably have made/are making your bidlist. Please don’t freak out if you haven’t finished yet as there is still time!
EDIT: So, we have grades! This is a good thing. Hopefully we can share bidlists and think through strategy some here. I don't think there's a one-size-fits-all solution and I don't think there's a way for anyone to game the system, so hopefully we can work together to make sure everyone has the best shot at employment that's possible.
The basics of bidlist stuff should be straightforward even if you’re not Socrates: if you think other people are more likely to bid on a firm, you should bid it high. Firms that are less grade-selective or that have fewer interview spots are more competitive, so you should probably rank them higher. Don’t rank a firm high just because you want it, but if you really want a particular firm it might be good to rank it high for your peace of mind. Finally, you should probably avoid spreading your bids out between multiple markets unless you have strong ties to all of those markets. We’ve all seen the data: there are just more jobs in New York, so NY is a solid backup for folks who are trying to head to California, Chicago or DC. In the end, we’re just looking for
Once we’re at least part way through the first rings of interviewing hell, people will get callbacks. In past years, people would post the firm name and the initials of the person who interviewed them when they received a callback so that people would know that callbacks had gone out. If reading that sounds like a way to add extra stress to the interviewing process, I’d avoid this thread.
We're through EIP! People have been posting information about when callbacks have been going out. I'm sorry that I didn't update the OP with that information. If I have some time I might try to catalog it here, but no promises.
Strategies Outside of EIP
Obviously EIP isn’t the only way to get a job, and I’m sure you can ask around about mass mailing, networking fall OCI and other job-hunt stuff here as well.
Let’s be excellent to each other and
-Ted “Theodore” Logan
You can see last year’s thread here: viewtopic.php?f=23&t=187757