stoopkid13 wrote:I disagree that the people who strikeout are "unlucky." Getting turned down by 1 firm might be luck; but if you strikeout it's probably more than just chance. That's partly why I think at a certain point doing more screeners at EIP doesn't add a lot of value. If you're on your 30th screener, you're banking on getting lucky enough to find a firm that overlooks your weaknesses. What you really need is time to reevaluate and figure out what you're doing wrong. It's hard to do that during the four days of EIP.
Look, some percent of the class is Stone-plus and is additionally charismatic/likeable, and that group will clean up a pile of offers like it always does. But that's not the majority. Something like a third of EIP participants will have either zero or one offer. And for marginal candidates, the difference between zero and one (which is a hell of a lot more important than the difference between one and ten) is going to involve a certain degree of luck. Sorry, it's unavoidably a little bit of a raffle. That's why we tell people to get as many "tickets" as possible. So yeah, there's no shame in "banking on getting lucky enough to find a firm that overlooks your weaknesses." That's how a lot of people get hired. You just have to try as often as you possibly can.
That does NOT mean students shouldn't be trying to improve their performance any way they can. Historically, most students tend to think they're better interviewers than they really are. Every year, I tell TLS students, who are not usually prom kings and Fonzies in the charisma department, to go and do practice interviews with anyone who will listen--OCS, outside consultants, your friends and family, and, when no one's around, your mirror--until you're blue in the face. And that's not just substance, but overall presentation--body language, dress, handshake, tone, pitch, gestures, facial expressions, eye contact, etc.
Those things are not mutually exclusive. You can maximize your chances in the interviews and also take as many bites at the apple as they'll give you. Trust me, looking back from your job at how you overprepared for EIP will be a lot funnier in a few years than looking back from the Vale at how you underprepared.