Here are some things to keep in mind when you think about the employers with which you would like to obtain interviews:
1) Like it or not, many of the employers who receive the resumes of students who have bid to interview with them will make their pre-selections based almost entirely on GPA and class standing. Therefore, if your class standing is in the top 10% of the class, you are likely to be pre-selected by every firm you bid on. If you are one of these fortunate persons, please bid judiciously. If you don't seriously intend to schedule yourself for, and actually attend, 15 interviews during Phase One, then don't bid for interviews with 15 different employers.
2) Because a large number of our students want either to stay in the upper Midwest or to go to New York or California, employers with sizable offices in Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, Minneapolis, New York, D.C. and Los Angeles tend to be the ones bid on by most students. To maximize your chances of getting interviews, consider bidding on some of the excellent firms from smaller cities who are coming here this fall.
3) Do not bid to interview with patent law firms unless you have an
undergraduate or graduate degree in science or engineering. If you are
an English or history major who bids to interview with a patent law firm,
you are wasting one of your bids.
4) What if you don't meet the employer's stated hiring criteria? Some employers list the criteria for their "dream" candidates, knowing that they may deviate from those criteria; but others stick strictly to the criteria they provide us. If you are anywhere close to the cutoff (i.e., in the top 1/3 and they want top 1/4), go ahead and enter a bid, especially if you have other credentials that that employer will find impressive. If, however, the employer requires top 20% and you are in the fourth quartile, it is unlikely that you will be selected for an interview.
We do not screen resumes. If you enter a bid and have uploaded your resume, your resume will be forwarded to the employer.