FALL 2017 OCI
- Typical OCI Questions
- OCI Student Participation Agreement
- Fall 2017 OCI info session/panel TBA
- Prepare for a Successful OCI by attending the student panel on Wednesday, July 27th at 4pm in Room 123 Did you miss this session? Watch a video of the panel here: https://vimeo.com/176762857.
Mitchell Hamline students who will graduate in 2018 and 2019 are eligible to participate in the fall 2017 on-campus interview (OCI) program. OCI participants prepare and register in July and August. Interviews begin on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 and continue until Friday, Sept. 8. Most interviews are concentrated in the first two weeks.
How OCI works:
The deadline for registration and bidding for the first OCI phase is noon on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. No exceptions!
First, students register in Symplicity by completing or updating their profiles, uploading resumes and other materials requested by employers, and selecting the employers with whom they want to interview (this happens in July–August).
Next, the employers review the materials from students who have bid for them and select the students they wish to interview. Mitchell Hamline notifies the selected students (via Symplicity), who choose interview times on the specified day (you will also sign up for your interview time via Symplicity). These interviews are typically 20-30 minutes long. The selected students then interview with the employer at Mitchell Hamline.
At this point, the focus of OCI shifts to the employers, who notify students directly if they have been selected for the much longer “call back” interview. The “call back” takes place at the employer’s office and typically lasts between two hours to half a day and often involves a series of interviews as well as a meal. The employer then determines who will receive offers of employment. Please note that a few employers have a slightly different process.
Deciding whether or not to participate? Consider this …
OCI is the only way that certain employers hire. In particular, large firms will use OCI to hire 2019 graduates for their formal summer associate programs, from which they usually look to hire their new associates. These firms often set required or preferred grades, class ranks, and other expectations.
Other OCI employers include smaller firms, public employers (such as the Ramsey County Attorney’s office), companies, and certain judicial clerkships. These employers often do not emphasize grades and other measures as much as the large firms. Some of these employers are looking to hire 2018 graduates as new associates or judicial clerks. Others are looking for 2019 graduates, either as summer associates, summer-only clerks or summer-only interns.
Historically, about 10 percent of Mitchell Hamline students find employment through on-campus interviewing, which means that about 90 percent use other means. Most employers do not use OCI to hire because their hiring patterns do not fit within a fall-only hiring season.
Check the OCI Section in Symplicity in July for the list of employers registered for OCI. The list will be updated on Symplicity as additional employers register…so check this often!
How to participate in OCI
Fall 2017 info session TBA.
Did you miss this session? Watch a video of the panel here: https://vimeo.com/176762857.
Attend the information session on Wednesday, July 27th at 4pm in Room 123
A panel of rising 3L students, who all obtained a summer clerkship through OCI last year, will share their general advice about how to best prepare for a successful OCI process. Our staff and student paenlists will also be available to answer your questions. Please RSVP in Symplicity Workshops.
If you have not uploaded a resume in Symplicity before, upload it by July 24 to guarantee review by an advisor. If you have uploaded your resume previously and want a second review, call 651-290-6326 to make a resume appointment.
Research employers to see which ones you want to bid for.
Search firm websites, the NALP Directory, Martindale, and local newspaper sites for firms in the news. Some information to research: number of attorneys employed, clients, practice groups, diversity, attorney bios (who do they attract?), male/female ratio, work-life balance, impression the website gives, billable hours, and professional development for attorneys.
The Symplicity OCI Section will continually be updated as new employers register—you are responsible for checking this regularly.
Use Symplicity to view the OCI employers looking for students in your graduation/class year and to see their hiring criteria/requirements. If your class year (1L/2L/3L) is incorrect in your Symplicity profile you won’t be able to see any of the firms or bid (updated your student profile accordingly).
Register for the first phase of OCI no later than noon on Thursday, August 3.
Apply to all of the firms you are interested in (the more you apply to, the more chances you have of getting an interview). You also want to keep in mind that if you get 15 interviews, you will be required to participate in all of them.
Register by uploading your resume and other materials requested by the employers you bid for, selecting the employers you are bidding for in Symplicity, signing the Professional Responsibility Agreement, and turning the signed agreement in to the Career and Professional Development Office. You can change your bids and upload different resumes and materials up until noon on August 3, at which time Symplicity will lock out any further changes and. You can bid for a maximum of 15 employers in the first phase.
Attend the “Meet the Employers” reception, date TBA (week of Aug. 1)
- Learn more about the OCI employers by asking thoughtful questions.
- Show your enthusiasm and interest in specific employers.
- Make a lasting and positive impression—Employers often take notes on candidates they meet that impress them. Wear professional business attire. Wine and appetizers will be served.
Prepare for interviews.
The following practice opportunities and resources are available to you:
- Interview coaching appointments with Career and Professional Development advisors: 20-30 minutes designed based on your individual preferences—can be a discussion, mock interview, question and answer time, or a combination of any of these elements. Sign up by calling 651-290-6326.
- Mock Interviews with Attorneys: 20 minute interviews followed by 10 minutes of critique. Sign up by calling 651-290-6326.
Sign up to participate in later OCI phases
You will be notified when employers sign up for additional phases of OCI. You can register at that time, or if you are already registered, you can submit bids for these later phases. Check Symplicity and Student News for new employers.