Career Advice for Lawyers by a Hiring Partner-
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Wednesday, September 3, 2008
turning down call backs
My new friend E asked another good question about whether one should decline callbacks to firms in which you are no longer interested when you already have an offer. Yes, you should politely decline the offer. The best way to do this is to get in touch (phone preferable) with the person who extended the call back an inform them that you have another offer and that you appreciate the call back but you need to decline. We understand this happens. We HPs don't want people who would rather be someplace else, and we understand that not everyone chooses our firms, so it is fine for you to decline. This will prevent us from wasting time of our attorney and recruiting staff and open up a slot for another classmate of yours or student from another school. If you just get voicemail, go ahead and leave a voice mail and follow up with an email.
Yes, I am a hiring partner who felt that our latest generation of lawyers and law students really needed some advice and guidance. Who knew the economy would totally tank and they would REALLY need guidance? I just share some observations, some experiences, and some lessons mom and dad should have taught you. Come along for the fun! HP can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org