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Callback interviews

Re: Callback interviews
« Reply #20 on: September 03, 2006, 02:47:32 PM »
After the call-back, will the firm call or write you in the event that they decide to extend an offer? I'm 3 days out of my first call-back and I can't decide if I should be obsessively checking my phone or mailbox.


And I have to agree in regard to not sending a thank-you note in regard to the OCI Screening Interviews. These seem to be about your hard numbers and any huge personality defects. Absent an anti-social personality disorder, I can't see an OCI making a huge difference in their initial thoughts about an offer. While I'm sure there are exceptions, I have a feeling they already know who they want before you walk in the door.
Also, more practically, what is there to thank them for? Thanks for giving the fluff answers you already have on your website about being a lifestyle firm and the commitment to pro-bono work. Thanks for listening to me craft BS questions based on your NALP report or website attorney profile. 

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Re: Callback interviews
« Reply #21 on: September 03, 2006, 02:55:48 PM »
Well thanks for the "advice", but seeing how my Career Director is the one who has a relationship with the particular firms that conduct OCI at my school, I'll follow her advice, and not some random internet people's advice. I think she has a little bit more insight into these particular firms and whether or not they appreciate thank you notes after screening interviews or not.

Just because the firms that interview at your schools don't appreciate thank you notes, doesn't mean that the firms that interview at my school don't.


Thanks for the opinions, but you know what they say about opinions...

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Re: Callback interviews
« Reply #22 on: September 03, 2006, 02:57:47 PM »
Well thanks for the "advice", but seeing how my Career Director is the one who has a relationship with the particular firms that conduct OCI at my school, I'll follow her advice, and not some random internet people's advice. I think she has a little bit more insight into these particular firms and whether or not they appreciate thank you notes after screening interviews or not.

Just because the firms that interview at your schools don't appreciate thank you notes, doesn't mean that the firms that interview at my school don't.


Thanks for the opinions, but you know what they say about opinions...

Of course, you should do what your career services advisors tell you; they are the ones getting paid to help you after all.  I just thought it was interesting how different career offices take different approaches.

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Re: Callback interviews
« Reply #23 on: September 03, 2006, 03:00:20 PM »
Oh and "Johnnylongtorso", you can take your elitest attitude and shove it up your ass. I haven't seen one post of yours that actually is aimed at helping someone. Go and take your ass over to xoxoth where maybe someone will actually care that you go to a "T14".

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Re: Callback interviews
« Reply #24 on: September 03, 2006, 03:02:00 PM »
Well thanks for the "advice", but seeing how my Career Director is the one who has a relationship with the particular firms that conduct OCI at my school, I'll follow her advice, and not some random internet people's advice. I think she has a little bit more insight into these particular firms and whether or not they appreciate thank you notes after screening interviews or not.

Just because the firms that interview at your schools don't appreciate thank you notes, doesn't mean that the firms that interview at my school don't.


Thanks for the opinions, but you know what they say about opinions...

Of course, you should do what your career services advisors tell you; they are the ones getting paid to help you after all.  I just thought it was interesting how different career offices take different approaches.

No problem. That post wasn't directed at you, but at Mr. Elitist.

Re: Callback interviews
« Reply #25 on: September 03, 2006, 04:14:52 PM »
Well thanks for the "advice", but seeing how my Career Director is the one who has a relationship with the particular firms that conduct OCI at my school, I'll follow her advice, and not some random internet people's advice. I think she has a little bit more insight into these particular firms and whether or not they appreciate thank you notes after screening interviews or not.

Just because the firms that interview at your schools don't appreciate thank you notes, doesn't mean that the firms that interview at my school don't.


Thanks for the opinions, but you know what they say about opinions...

Easy there, big fella.  Take a deep breath.  I think it should be obvious at this point that you aren't getting very good advice, and that unless some different, unusual firms interview only at your school, they don't want or expect a thank-you note after a screening interview.  Admittedly, you seem to have some insecurities about not going to a T14, so maybe the small firms that interview at your school do want thank-you notes.  But it doesn't help anybody when you act like this woman in your OCS office is omniscient.

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Re: Callback interviews
« Reply #26 on: September 03, 2006, 04:47:05 PM »
I haven't read all of the posts, so if I am being repetitive.  First, re: thank-you notes.  They do nothing but expose you to the possibility that you will make a huge spelling error in them.  Look at it this way - most firms have made a decision about an interviewee within a day or two of the interview.  Unless you use FedEx, there is little chance that your thank-you note will make it to the firm before they have made their decision, so it will do you no good.  They will not say "well, we thought this guy was a no-go, but now we have this thank-you note on this fine piece of stationary, so he's in."  But, if they have already made up their mind in your favor and you make some huge gaff in the note, things could change.  Obviously this doesn't apply to all firms, but having gone through it twice and now having interviewed on behalf of my firm, I can say that most firms don't pay attention to thank you notes.

So, BudLaw, you may ask "why then did my Career Services officer say I should send them?"  Glad you asked, Bud, I'll tell ya.  Career Services people are not working for you, individually, all the time.  Their primary client/constituency at all times is the school.  If your interests and the school's interests coincide, then great.  But if they don't, the Career Service person will advise you based on what is best for the school.  For instance, it looks great for the school if all the students send thank you notes - it looks like all the students are climbing over top of each other to get to that firm if they all send thank you notes, so it is worth while for the firm to come on campus, which is what Career Services wants.  But, as I said above, a thank you note is like a cover letter - it can do nothing but hurt you. 

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Re: Callback interviews
« Reply #27 on: September 03, 2006, 05:29:45 PM »
Well thanks for the "advice", but seeing how my Career Director is the one who has a relationship with the particular firms that conduct OCI at my school, I'll follow her advice, and not some random internet people's advice. I think she has a little bit more insight into these particular firms and whether or not they appreciate thank you notes after screening interviews or not.

Just because the firms that interview at your schools don't appreciate thank you notes, doesn't mean that the firms that interview at my school don't.


Thanks for the opinions, but you know what they say about opinions...

Easy there, big fella.  Take a deep breath.  I think it should be obvious at this point that you aren't getting very good advice, and that unless some different, unusual firms interview only at your school, they don't want or expect a thank-you note after a screening interview.  Admittedly, you seem to have some insecurities about not going to a T14, so maybe the small firms that interview at your school do want thank-you notes.  But it doesn't help anybody when you act like this woman in your OCS office is omnipotent.

Are you still speaking? Like I said, do us all a favor and head on over to xoxoth.

 

Re: Callback interviews
« Reply #28 on: September 03, 2006, 06:21:19 PM »
I don't see why you're so defensive about this.  Nobody is saying that it's your fault you got crappy advice from career services.  How many more people need to confirm that it's a bad idea to send thank-you notes after a screening interview before you'll believe it?

Re: Callback interviews
« Reply #29 on: September 04, 2006, 09:12:17 AM »
one rejection letter and one call back thus far - the call back came within 48 hours of the interview (DC firm)

going on two weeks from my first interviews now... must say, doesn't look promising in terms of receiving a call back from those firms (unless they're just slow, which is somewhat improbable given the nature of the FIP)

but whatever, all i need is one ;)

regarding the thank you letters: we were also told not to send to them. apparently the odds of them ever reaching the people who are deciding on your file before they the decision is made are slim to none ... but i suppose in principle the gesture is still nice