I am extremely frustrated with OCI. I am in the top 20% at a high tier 2. My school uses a prescreening system. So far, I have received 10 interviews, 2 alternates, and 16 rejections. Of the 16 rejections, 10 of them have come from firms that are ranked lower then the 10 firms that I was granted an interview with. However, some of them pay more then the ones I was chosen to interview with.
For example, I was chosen for the firm ranked just inside the top 10 in the state and it pays $2000 a week. Meanwhile, I was not chosen for a firm ranked in the 30s that pays $2300 a week. I was told by career services (and some 3Ls) that I probably wasn't chosen because the firm doesn't think I will accept an offer from them. I really do not think it is fair at all that someone with a lower GPA/rank gets a shot at a firm that pays more then me, and faces a lower level of competition in doing so. Meanwhile, I'm stuck with only 10 interviews (so far...we are still waiting on about 10 more firms to make their selections) against stiff competition because my firms are ranked higher in prestige, PPP, number of attorneys/support staff, etc.
I understand that if my rank was in the top 10% then maybe I would be "overqualified" for a firm ranked in the 30s or 40s in our market. However, how is one "overqualified" when (barely) ranked in the top 20%? At this point, with the market being what it is and me being so desperate to land a job, I would sign with any of the firms in my market that paid more then 80K.
Just venting. End of rant.