sanetruth wrote:i'm sure this has been discussed here, but this thread is too massive to go through and the search wasn't coming up with what i'm looking for.
so, can anyone explain exactly what 'preselect' at OCI means and why everyone agrees that this is one of UVA's downfalls? What are the problems with preselect and if it is so bad why does UVA do it? Someone mentioned that no other T14 does this is this still the case? Am I out of date?
Again, if this has been discussed at length maybe someone can just point me there. But the only relevant thread I found was from 2009 and it was really out of date (already!).
(1) I don't think there is any consensus about preselects being bad. There are a number of people on here who will argue that preselects are good - it matches candidates with firms that are interested in them. And, it helps increase the number of firms willing to come to OGI.
(2) The general OGI system is as follows (it varies every year):
Each student gets 50 bids.
Each firms gets to fill 60% of their interview slots with preselects. This means that the firm gets to see the resume and transcript (plus cover letter if they requested it) of everyone who bid on them. They can then fill 60% of their slots with the people they are most interested in.
Each firm then gets to fill 20% of their interview slots with preselects selected only from those who bid that firm within their top 5 bids.
Finally the remaining 20% of slots are filled through a lottery system.
I think everyone typically got 9 or so interviews with the top of the class getting ~30 (maximum allowed interviews).
Note - all of this can change on a year to year basis.