As a law student, the end of summer can be extremely stressful. As you complete your summer clerkship and begin to wind down from the various summer festivities, something terrifying lurks around the corner, On Campus Interviews (OCI’s). In addition to being an overall nerve wracking experience, OCI’s can be extremely hectic, especially if you have several scheduled in one day. If this is your first go-round, I hate to break it to you, but the interview itself won’t be the most stressful part of this process. Once you’ve prepared and applied these tips, I have no doubt that you will do a good job. However, the most stressful part of the OCI process comes after the interview. It appears during the long waiting period that you must endure before hearing back or in some cases hearing nothing at all from a prospective employer.
So what do you do after you’ve sent your thank you letters and you have no other reason to justify corresponding with your interviewer? You must wait. Sometimes this wait could be for just a few days before getting the good news that you’ve received a call back interview or sometimes this wait can be a few months before you receive a standard rejection letter in the mail. Regardless of what the outcome is, the instant gratification of an offer on the spot is unlikely. Therefore, waiting will be a necessary evil before receiving contact from a prospective employer.
So what do you do during this time?