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ON-CAMPUS INTERVIEWS (OCI)
HANDBOOK
Appendix C
OCI Frequently Asked
Questions
(updated May 2011)
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What is the On-Campus Interviews (OCI) Program?
The On-Campus Interviews (OCI) Program is coordinated by the Placement
Office and brings employers to Florida State Law to interview students.
Participating employers include: law firms, corporations, government agencies,
and public interest organizations. OCI is conducted throughout the fall and spring
semesters. Traditionally, Spring OCI is smaller, and employers who participate in
Spring OCI are typically small and mid-sized firms, government agencies and
public interest organizations which offer job opportunities to a broader segment of
the class.
Who is OCI for? I am not at the top of my class. Does this mean I can’t
participate? Will there be employers I can interview with?
OCI is for EVERYONE! While some employers will “require” certain criteria (i.e.
Top x% of class, Moot Court/Mock Trial, journals, etc.), MOST employers
“prefer” certain criteria.
If an employer “requires” that students have certain qualifications to interview (e.g.
top 25%, Law Review, etc.), you may NOT drop for an interview with that
employer unless you meet those requirements. However, if an employer “prefers”
that students have certain qualifications to interview, you are welcome to drop for
an interview with that employer!
Employers select students for many reasons such as: previous work experience,
language skills, and legal interests. When you review the OCI employers in
Symplicity, at first glance it may seem that some legal employers seek only those at
the top of the class, but a closer look reveals that a sizeable number of firms seek
applicants in the top half of the class or applicants with specific experiences or
backgrounds.
During Fall 2008, 2009, 2010 and Spring 2009, 2010, 2011 a total of 197 employers
participated in our recruiting programs at Florida State law. Of those employers,
67% did not require a class rank to interview. Clearly employers are looking
beyond the top 10% of the class in making their selections. It is imperative that
you carefully read all OCI postings, resume referral announcements, and job
listings as you will see that there are opportunities for all students.
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Can I contact an employer that has “required” hiring criteria that I do not
meet to see if they are willing to make an exception and interview me?
YES! If you find an employer that “requires” certain criteria you do not meet (i.e.
Top x% Class Rank), please contact Elmer Ignacio ([email protected]) so he
can provide you with the contact information for that employer. You can then
contact the employer outside of the OCI process to try to secure an interview.
Can I contact an OCI employer who is not recruiting for my class year and ask
them if they are willing to make an exception and interview me?
YES! If you find an employer that you do not see in Symplicity because the
employer is not interviewing your class year, please contact Elmer Ignacio
([email protected]) so she can provide you with the contact information for
that employer. You can then contact the employer outside of the OCI process to
try to secure an interview.
What are the resume drop deadlines for Fall OCI?
Resume drop deadlines for Fall OCI ARE 14 DAYS PRIOR TO THE
RECRUITMENT EVENT DATE. Please be sure to check Symplicity for the
actual deadline.
Are we supposed to upload a transcript, writing sample, references, etc. into
Symplicity in addition to our resume?
Some employers will require you to submit additional documents (unofficial
transcript, writing sample, references), so you will want to upload these documents
as well and submit them only when the employer requires them.
How will I know if I need to submit additional documents along with my
resume (transcript, writing sample, references) to be considered for an
interview?
If an employer requires any additional documents for you to "drop" for them,
Symplicity will force you to select those documents before you will be able to
successfully finish the "drop" process.
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What is the difference between an “official” and an “unofficial” transcript?
Can I print a copy of my transcripts from Blackboard?
An official copy of your transcripts is obtained by completing a records request
with the registrar’s office. It takes two to three days to process this request.
Official transcripts are printed on transcript paper and placed in a sealed envelope.
These transcripts become unofficial if the seal is broken.
Unofficial transcripts can be obtained from the records office on the same day as
you submit a records request. Unofficial transcripts are printed on plain paper.
Students may stop by the Placement Office to scan the unofficial transcripts for
uploading to Symplicity.
Transcripts obtained through Blackboard should not be used for OCI purposes.
The transcripts on Blackboard are based on the 4.0 grade scale used by main
campus. Transcripts from the law school are on the 100 point scale.
If an employer requires I bring a transcript to the interview, can I use an
“unofficial” copy of my transcript?
YES- a photo copy of your unofficial transcript is fine.
How do I find OCI employers in Symplicity?
Log onto https://law-fsu-csm.symplicity.com/students/. Click on the “OCI”
button at the top of the screen. Select one of the available sessions options from
the drop down menu. Scroll down to view the upcoming interviews and events
scheduled.
I don’t see as many OCI employers in Symplicity as I thought I would. Why is
this?
Symplicity only allows you to see the opportunities that are specific to your class
year (2L/3L).
How can I find out what employers are participating in OCI that are NOT
specific to my class year (2L/3L).
The Placement Office will continue to e-mail all students periodically (once a week
or so) with a list of new OCI employers and the class year(s) they are hiring for.
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How will we know if we were selected for one of the OCI's we bid on?
If you have dropped your resume for OCI, and you now log into Symplicity and
click on the OCI tab, you will find an extra column titled “Invitations”. You will
see one of the following words in this column: pending, not invited, or preselect.
Pending: The resume drop deadline hasn’t passed yet. We have not yet sent
resumes to the employer for their review.
Not Invited: You were not selected to interview with this employer.
Preselect: The employer has selected you to interview and you need to sign
up for a specific interview time.
NOTE: the Placement Office ALWAYS sends each student an e-mail either
stating “Congratulations, you have been selected to interview with xyz employer”
or “You were not selected to interview with xyz employer”.
When can I expect to know if I was selected?
We ask employers to let us know who they would like to interview no later than 7
days prior to their interview date.
How do I sign up for an interview slot if I am selected by an employer to
interview?
Log onto https://law-fsu-csm.symplicity.com/students/. Click on the “OCI”
button at the top of the screen. Click on “Employers/Bidding/Applications”.
Select one of the available session options from the drop down menu (Fall 2011
OCI). Click on “accept preselect”. Click on the interview time you would like.
Click “sign up.”
How can I double-check my scheduled interview dates/times?
Log onto https://law-fsu-csm.symplicity.com/students/. Click on the “OCI”
button at the top of the screen. Click on “scheduled interviews”. Select session
from drop-down menu (Fall 2011 OCI).
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How do I know if I am supposed to bring anything to my interview?
The Placement Office would recommend you always bring a couple of extra
copies of your resume to the interview. If an employer wants you to bring
additional documents (transcript, writing sample, etc.), you can find this listed in
the “hiring criteria” column of the employer OCI in Symplicity. Additionally, the
e-mail you receive from the Placement Office letting you know you have been
selected to interview will contain this information.
How many people actually get their jobs from OCI?
OCI is probably the most visible effort of the Placement Office and the one most
well known by students. However, it is only one of many ways to find a job.
Approximately 25-30% of the students receive their jobs through OCI. Therefore,
you should not limit your search to only those employers interviewing on campus.
Instead, take advantage of other opportunities such as networking, volunteer work,
job fairs, and targeted mailings. A Placement Office staff member will be happy to
assist you in defining and narrowing your job search efforts.
What OCI events does the “No Show” policy apply to?
All OCI activities including Fall OCI and Spring OCI.
Should I send a thank you note to my interviewers after my OCI?
YES- After your interview you should write each interviewer a note thanking him
or her for the interview. By 12:00 (noon) on the day after an employer has
interviewed on campus, the interviewers’ information will be placed in a notebook
labeled “Thank-You” located at the front desk in the Placement Office. This
notebook will be a good resource for you to double-check the spelling of names
and obtain mailing addresses.
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