buckiguy_sucks wrote:Anonymous User wrote:buckiguy_sucks wrote:
there is literally zero reason to not use all fifty bids
Considering the GPA, he/she is likely trying to avoid being pre-selected by lower bids, which would count against interview # cap before lottery process even runs... Smart move to limit bids in this scenario.
OP is going to get preselected by literally every firm they bid? That's dumb. Low GPA firms don't preselect high GPA people they know aren't going to go to their firm, and high GPA firms have plenty of 3.8 candidates interviewing with them. The more firms you bid the more opportunities you have to reach out when you don't get in front of them at EIW and try to get an outside interview. OP could be a terrible interviewer and not know it, people with high GPAs strike out. Maximizing interviews is always the move.
Same anon. You said there was "literally zero reason" so I was simply provided one rational explanation for the strategy. At 3.8x, yes, there is a significant risk of being preselected by lower bid firms [most firms won't know what # you bid them, so any firm may rationally assume a bidder is genuinely interested in their firm even if typically outside their GPA target range]. And yes, you can hit your interview # cap -- or a big piece of it -- even before the lottery runs and miss out on your carefully bid "Top 10" altogether.
You may disagree, but that doesn't mean it's "dumb"... Besides, with hospitality suites and mass-mailing, OP could pick up additional screeners as needed. He/she already indicated they had done so independently in the OP.
ETA: Scooped by PotatoSalad's post with supporting data. Always interesting to break down the bid data and to compare shifts in firm preferences from year-to-year