Working Connections while on hold from callback interviews

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Working Connections while on hold from callback interviews

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:10 pm

Like some other people out there, I have a few pending callbacks from OCI that I should "hear back within the next few weeks."

Since I currently don't have an offer on the table, I recently started a mass email campaign and started working connections with family friends at 2 smaller regional firms.

At firm A, a 70 lawyer regional firm, assuming I don't make an idiot out of myself in the interview, I would definitely get an offer. However, firm A, while regionally respected, is very far away from my home market.

At firm B, I have a strong family connection with one of the name partners in a 70 lawyer regional firm. While nothing has been firmed up, it seems like I would have an excellent chance at getting an offer. It is located in my home market.

However, both firms A and B do not practice the type of law I am interested in. Both practice Mass Torts, Admiralty, Worker's Comp, Products Liability.

Meanwhile, I am waiting to hear back from two callbacks, one from a regional office of a mid ranged Vault firm, and one from a regional firm. Both firms have practice areas that I'm interested in. Both callback firms would be preferred over firm A and B. However, since Vault firm has only 1 spot and regional firm has 2 spots, my odds of getting an offer are probably not awesome.

I would certainly love to work at A and B, if I had no other options. But I want to go with my preferred choices if I land them. And I don't want to offend the family friends by hitting them up for a job, then saying "Never mind got an offer from someone else." Anyone have advice for this sort of situation?

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Re: Working Connections while on hold from callback interviews

Postby The White Flame » Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:13 pm

It is better to offend some family friend than to be unemployed. And as long as you are tactful about rejecting the firm, it shouldnt be a problem.

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Re: Working Connections while on hold from callback interviews

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:19 pm

The White Flame wrote:It is better to offend some family friend than to be unemployed. And as long as you are tactful about rejecting the firm, it shouldnt be a problem.


OP here- I guess what I am asking is, what is the most tactful way to reject the firm?




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