Anonymous User wrote:Disagree.
Passing on lunch was not the reason you did not receive an SA. Attending lunch is not make or break and I have serious doubts that CB lunches provide overwhelming upside to your chances of landing an offer. (Glowing review from a 1st year has little weight and a bad review can potentially sink you.) That said, if you were awkward about declining the lunch…
EDIT: I'm second guessing myself. Though not attending lunch might not sink all candidates, maybe it plays a bigger role for borderline candidates. itbdvorm, care to weigh in more thoroughly?
it's a weird thing to do unless there's a good reason for it. shows a lack of interest in the firm (especially bizarre for 1L summer). why would a firm commit to you when you're not willing to spend an extra 120 minutes having a delicious meal on them? fit, etc.
and those first year reviews can and will sink candidates or make candidates, depending on performances.