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Callback interviews

Re: Callback interviews
« Reply #30 on: September 04, 2006, 10:13:33 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

Without knowing more, it's tough to say how bad your chances are.  I'm guessing you go to GW, but again, if you interviewed with smaller firms, they might take longer to get back to you, just because they wait for the hiring committee to meet (which is usually weekly or every other week) before making callbacks.  The fact that most people were on vacation either this week or last can slow the process down.

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Re: Callback interviews
« Reply #31 on: September 04, 2006, 12:58:23 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?

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Re: Callback interviews
« Reply #32 on: September 05, 2006, 12:19:19 PM »
I'm sure it varies quite a bit from firm to firm but in all, how does the hiring decision get made?
Do all the people that I met on the call-back vote? Are there more people involved who read my resume/notes from the interviews?

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Re: Callback interviews
« Reply #33 on: September 07, 2006, 04:10:26 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?

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Update: I received two call-backs yesterday. One was from an screening interview that occured 14 days prior (and this was a large national firm too) and the other was from a screening interview that occured 19 days prior. (mid-sized firm)

So I guess the thank-you letters that I sent didn't hurt.

The lesson out of this is that not every firm gives you a call-back or rejection within a few days.

Re: Callback interviews
« Reply #34 on: September 16, 2006, 09:47:27 PM »
I send thank you notes because it's the proper thing to do. Not because it will help me. In fact, I received a callback 24 hours after the OCI and my thank you's hadn't even gone out yet, but I still sent them. I am sending them out for the callback as well. I think it's just polite.
But I have heard from a few younger lawyers that they don't think it's necessary and that if you screw something up on it (like spelling the name wrong) it would give them a reason to ding you.
So its all what you want to do. If you are going to do it, do it right. If you aren't going to send one, its probably not going to be seen as rude.

Re: Callback interviews
« Reply #35 on: September 20, 2006, 07:17:14 PM »
I have to say I send thank you notes and I don't think they hurt at all especially if you think that a firm might be a bit of a reach.  I haven't gotten the callback yet, but yesterday I got a personal response to my thank you letter (i just send email) that was very positive about my credentials and telling me that they would be in touch with me soon.  I mean obviously we are all adults and you do need to proof read, but sending a quick email showing that you paid attention during the interview never hurts.

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Re: Callback interviews
« Reply #36 on: September 20, 2006, 10:20:58 PM »
This is horrible advice.  I always send thank you notes.  I sent thank you notes to every interviewer I've met at every callback.  And they have ALWAYS resulted in offers, and the people have ALWAYS complimented me on the nice notes I send.

And these aren't at the supposed 'small firms'.  These were Wilmer Hale, Kirkland and Ellis, Proskauer Rose, Mintz Levin.

Send the notes, its a great idea.  Take it from my ACTUAL experiences.

Re: Callback interviews
« Reply #37 on: September 20, 2006, 10:40:27 PM »
Ok, so when you go to callbacks then do you send thank you notes to *each* person you interviewed with, even if it was over 10 people?


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Re: Callback interviews
« Reply #38 on: September 21, 2006, 05:29:00 AM »
Each offer I've gotten came before the mail would've gotten my thank you note to the recipient.  I chose not to send any.  IMO, if you want to send them, send them.  If you do send them, make sure they're appropriate and clean re: grammar and spelling.  If you don't want to send them, don't bother, as it won't make a difference.

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Re: Callback interviews
« Reply #39 on: September 22, 2006, 06:33:01 AM »
This is horrible advice.  I always send thank you notes.  I sent thank you notes to every interviewer I've met at every callback.  And they have ALWAYS resulted in offers, and the people have ALWAYS complimented me on the nice notes I send.

And these aren't at the supposed 'small firms'.  These were Wilmer Hale, Kirkland and Ellis, Proskauer Rose, Mintz Levin.

Send the notes, its a great idea.  Take it from my ACTUAL experiences.

Ok, I too have ACTUAL (the capitalization apparently makes it more actual, or actual-er) experience interviewing at many of those named firms.  I too got offers from many of those, or comparable firms.  Not ALWAYS (again, lest you doubt the certainty of always, I have capitalized it, so what's up now?), but I got a fair amount of offers.  And I never sent thank you notes.

Moreover, I now have actual (lower case is the new hottness) experience interviewing for a firm comparable to those you listed.  That's right, I'm now on the other side of the desk with my list of platitudes to feed you, using words/phrases like "collegial" and "quality of both life and work" and "immediate responsibility."  I have gotten several thank you notes and not once have I ever remembered who had sent it, and I immediately throw it in the trash.  But, the one time I did take the time to figure out who this guy was that had sent a thank you was when it had a silly, glaring error.  I hunted the guy's file down and his was the only name I associated with thank you cards at the recruiting teleconference.  I don't know yet if he got an offer, but he certainly did not get my vote.