« on: October 11, 2009, 11:44:28 AM »
I dunno. I'm kinda sympathetic to the firm's perspective. Think about it if you're a partner at one of these firms. Your business is WAY down in the past year. You're under constant pressure to bill and rainmake, and then some entitled kids without any legal skills (and little going for them besides a good LSAT score and a year of LS grades) expect immediate answers. This is after you've laid off people who already had four or five years of experience, and are languishing in the streets.
You even said that you did very little. You memorized some facts on the firm's website. You shot the breeze with their associates. You ate crab-cakes at their callback dinner. There are very few substantial things in this process that make you stand out, sadly. That becomes none more apparent than with these waits. You invested little in them (not the general them, but specific firms); they invest little in you.
"Life is hard, the world is cruel" -- Hebrew proverb
I'd also like to throw in a plug for secondary market firms. Recruiters were much nicer and more prompt at firms that interview, say, 30 people per year for 10 spots, as opposed to mega-sweatshop firms that interview 200 of the best and brightest for 10 spots. I had nothing but good experiences with places in my secondary markets.