It looks like I will have a lot of items to address. Someone asked about what is going on behind the scenes when you have come in for a callback, had what you perceive to be good interviews, yet haven't heard anything for a couple of weeks. You may still be in the running. In fact, we ding faster than we offer, in many instances. So, there's still hope. If you got a quick ding, it usually means it was not a fit. You had too many negative reviews, it was an obvious no go, etc. So, for those who haven't heard, what is going on?
Well, it could be a number of things. Perhaps the HP is out of town and needs to sign off. Or, HP wants to consult with a practice group leader of a group you expressed a strong interest in, and that person has been unavailable. It also may have to do with how the recruiting committee is run. Ours has weekly meetings. Unless we think we need to move on someone immediately (very special cases), we wait till our weekly meeting and then discuss each of the candidates who visited during the past week plus any we are holding. We may be comparing and contrasting students, and ranking our choices. We may decide to issue offer to Student A, but hold Student B and C, and ding D. If you just came in during the past week, we feel we can hold you longer than someone who was in a few weeks ago. Our recruiting coordinator may reach out to you to let you know you are still under consideration. This is to give you an update and possibly to get some sense of how your situation is panning out -- e.g., our coordinator will often ask you to let us know if you have an offer that needs action under the NALP rules -- that may force us to decide sooner. Finally, some firms have national recruiting committees in addition to local office committees, so they may need to wait until that meeting As I said, it can be any number of reasons.
You may wonder if the HP gets the ultimate veto. Again, depends. Someone may not "wow" me, but if everyone else loved them, I will go along. If it is more a split bag. Some people thought ok, others said "definitely offer," I may be the tie breaker. I try to be egalitarian on my committee to get different views and recognize that I tend to like a certain type of candidate and perhaps others like other types and different types will work fine in the firm.
So, what to do? After two weeks, it is AOK to check in with the recruiting coordinator, assuming that person was your main contact. Let them know you are still definitely interested. Don't look desperate, but do express your continued interest in the firm. Be respectful to the recruiting coordinator, these things are noted.