(Original post by seraphina)
Hi, I think it's fair to say that most people probably have a slightly higher success rate at getting interviews when applying during/post-BPTC, though whether that's due to the course or just being a bit more experienced at the whole process is debatable. That said, not getting any interviews at all would suggest that there's one or more of the following problems going on:
1)You're aiming too high in terms of the type of Chambers you're going for. It's really easy, even as a pretty good candidate, to overestimate where you've got a reasonable chance on your first attempt. Check the CVs of recently recruited tenants at the sets you've been rejected from - do they sound substantially better than yours?
2)You've got fundamental problems with your CV that are going to be difficult to rectify eg. didn't get a 2.1, went to a relatively low ranked university.
The extent to which it's possible to get over issues like this is a bit of an ongoing debate on this forum and one I don't have the energy to wade into. Suffice to say if this is the problem doing the BPTC isn't magically going to make it better next year.
3)Your application is missing some of the tick-box requirements - mini-pupillages, pro bono, mooting are the ones that immediately come to mind, having some other extra-curriculars that are interesting/eye-catching/impressive would be great too. The good thing is that this is easy to rectify - just get adding these things to your CV. It's probably easiest to do so during the BPTC but you ought to be able to do most of them beforehand too.
4)You application wasn't written very well - take a critical look at it and ideally get someone else to do so. On the most basic level, is the grammar and spelling okay? More subjectively, have you given well written, compelling answers to the questions?
Alternatively of course, you could just have been unlucky. You only have to skim read this forum to see that there are people with really impressive CVs who don't get a pupillage and that the same person can be rejected without interview at one set and offered a pupillage at another very similar one.
In conclusion, don't let it get you down (hey, you haven't heard from all of them, maybe you'll get an interview tomorrow!) but try and think honestly about whether any of these things apply to you and if so what you could do to make things better next year.