FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT FALL RECRUITING PUBLIC SECTOR AND PRIVATE SECTOR ON-CAMPUS INTERVIEWS (OCI)

What is OCI?

On-Campus Interviewing (OCI) is the fall recruiting program through which some law firms, corporations and government employers hire summer associates, externs and, not as commonly, first year associates.

 What OCI is NOT: 

It is important to recognize that OCI is not the only way to get a job. Please know that most of you will not obtain your job through the OCI process.  Indeed, approximately 90% of students experience job search success through internships, networking, informational meetings, job fairs, and not through the OCI process.

 What if I am not in the top 10 – 25% of my class?

As a rule, grades play a very important role to most OCI employers.  However, many OCI employers are interested in more than class rank.  These positions are extremely competitive, so please keep this in mind. If you are having trouble deciding whether or not to participate in OCI, please make an appointment to speak with a Career Consultant.

 Who can participate in OCI?

OCI is open to all continuing students (2L, 3L, 3LE, 4LE & LLM) at Denver Law.  If you have any question regarding your eligibility, please make an appointment to speak with a Career Consultant.

 What should I do to prepare for OCI?

Check the CDO Blog daily for specific instructions and application deadlines; update your Symplicity account and profile online; attend all OCI related programming/events during the Spring and summer; participate in Mock Interview Day; visit the Office of Career Development & Opportunities (Suite 223) to review resources or talk to a Career Consultant.  You will need to have your resume, cover letters, writing sample, and references ready by mid-July.  Statement of Grades should be prepared as soon as your grades and Class Rank become available (usually early July).

 Do all students get an initial interview?

No.  Employers will select students online to interview.  It will be important to check your student Symplicity account and the CDO Blog each day to receive the most updated information.

 How should I prepare for an interview?

The best preparation is to research the employer and participate in Mock Interview Day on August 1, 2016, as well as attend other OCI-related workshops.  Mock Interview sign-ups will be posted on the CDO Blog in July.  It is open to all students, even if you choose not to participate in OCI.

 Where will the interviews take place?

All interviews will be held in Denver Law, mainly in the second floor study rooms.

 Can any of these employers discriminate against me?

Participating OCI employers have signed our Equal Employment Opportunity statement.   If you have reason to believe that an employer is not complying with this policy, please contact our office.

 OCI can be stressful and can involve tough decisions.  Where can I go for advice?

The CDO staff is always available to help you in your career search.  Whether it is OCI or any other questions or concerns, please feel free to call or make an appointment (303) 871-6124.

By Colleen Scarola
Colleen Scarola Career Consultant Colleen Scarola