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declining an offer

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Oct 03, 2011 12:24 pm

Is it appropriate to decline via email or should I call as well? Thanks.

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Re: declining an offer

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Oct 03, 2011 12:25 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Is it appropriate to decline via email or should I call as well? Thanks.


I emailed, got really nice email replies. Most people say you should call. If you know the conversation is going to suck, might as well email.

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Re: declining an offer

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Oct 03, 2011 12:26 pm

Doesn't really matter. As long as your are polite, courteous, etc. I typically just email when I decline an offer.

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Re: declining an offer

Postby Helmholtz » Mon Oct 03, 2011 12:49 pm

I e-mail the partner who extended the offer, graciously thank him for his time, explain how much I enjoyed meeting with everybody at the firm, say that I chose another firm in the end although it was a difficult decision to make, and then send it with the recruiter CC'd.

I was going to call, but it just seemed like it would be really awkward and that a busy partner would prefer an e-mail anyway.

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Re: declining an offer

Postby tfer2222 » Mon Oct 03, 2011 1:01 pm

i always called. hiring partners seemed to appreciate it. I say be a man and call. It's awkward sometimes but more courteous than a measly email.

I also sent hand written thank you's to anyone i really made a connection with during callbacks. They all responded very well to these as well, encouraging me to keep in touch. Legal community is always smaller than you think.

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Re: declining an offer

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Oct 03, 2011 2:23 pm

tfer2222 wrote:i always called. hiring partners seemed to appreciate it. I say be a man and call. It's awkward sometimes but more courteous than a measly email.


Sometimes being "a man" and being courteous means not putting other people in awkward situations or calling them when they may be really busy.

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Re: declining an offer

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Oct 03, 2011 2:25 pm

I agree that calling is a waste of their time, and would do nothing but create an awkward situation.

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Re: declining an offer

Postby tlstlstls73 » Mon Oct 03, 2011 2:28 pm

tfer2222 wrote:i always called. hiring partners seemed to appreciate it. I say be a man and call. It's awkward sometimes but more courteous than a measly email.

I also sent hand written thank you's to anyone i really made a connection with during callbacks. They all responded very well to these as well, encouraging me to keep in touch. Legal community is always smaller than you think.


Your approach is very patriarchal. Gender is burning.

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Re: declining an offer

Postby imchuckbass58 » Mon Oct 03, 2011 5:32 pm

I called recruiting and emailed any attorneys if I particularly hit it off with them.




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