« on: March 20, 2008, 11:30:10 AM »
I am a 2L at Emory and thought I'd answer some of the questions in further detail about OCI.
I have been through it and it is exhausting, but in a good way. Emory has 2 Fall "On Campus" Interviews. I quote on campus because they have other OCIs but they are in different cities. For example, there is a Fall OCI called "Emory in New York OCI" and this is when Emory gets a bunch of NY firms to come to one place in NY to interview Emory students. The process is the same to apply for the interviews, the difference is that you have to go to the respective city for the interview if you get one. We have these in Chicago, Boston, Dallas, and S. Cal. The 2 OCIs in the fall that are on campus are, as a previous poster mentioned, essentially for different firms. The earlier one has all the large firms, I think that one last year had 100+ firms. The second one is for mid-sized to smaller firms, I think that had about 50+ firms. Also, there are a couple "Resume Drop" deadlines. This is like applying for an interview, but these employers are not planning to come to campus and will contact you if they want to interview you upon receiving your resume, transcript, etc.
There is also an OCI in the spring, this one is much smaller because most of the mid to larger firms do their hiring in the Fall.
Employers are allowed to choose who they interview. Not surprisingly this is usually based on class rank. However, the OCS encourages students to apply for jobs even if they dont meet the listed criteria, which I did, and got a lot of interviews that I did not "qualify" for.
Furthermore, the OCS encourages students to attend job fairs which is the best advice. I got the majority of my callbacks and offers from attending 2 job fairs. So while OCI is good, def do not completely rely on it. Job fairs, independent mailings, networking, etc. are all invaluable resources to find a job.