Anonymous User wrote:Initial anon who's losing his/her shit:
Look, I know it's only day 2 but I've witnessed firsthand friends and classmates receiving responses from the following firms/offices (that have all made decisions within 24 hours): Skadden NY, Latham NY, Gibson Dunn NY/DC (dinner invitation = necessary for a cb at least), and white & case. Look, I understand that some firms are slower than others and send out cbs in waves, but at the same time, I've had NY interviewers say they make these decisions extremely quickly, often within a 24-48 hour window, and well, clock's ticking.
I'm sorry if I'm freaking people out, but I'd prefer to know sooner than later whether or not something is seriously wrong with my interviewing, so I can go talk to CSO to pinpoint problems and salvage the few interviews that I have next week.
Don't get me wrong, I'm def happy for everyone who's heard back so far but it's also really disheartening to watch people pick up their phones, get an ecstastic expression on their faces, and then dash out of the room to schedule a callback.
Ok I'm going to down several shots of tequila and call it an early night. Please do what I am refusing to do: keep calm and carry on.
I went through this two years ago. Everything worked out, but it's indeed frightening when you feel that everyone but you is getting callbacks. I have two basic pieces of advice:
1) Do not read TLS threads on which firms have given callbacks. Do not discuss callbacks with friends. Spend as little time around the law school as possible, because you're bound to overhear students receiving callbacks, boasting about their callbacks, and loudly calling firms to schedule callbacks (yes, this actually happens). I read threads on callbacks throughout OGI and all it did was freak me out more and cause me to waste time that could have been used to prepare for future interviews.
2) There's a lot of luck and randomness in OGI, but if you are significantly
under-performing based on your grades and the firms you're targeting, weak interviewing is probably part of the reason. You can't change the fact that you didn't fly fighter planes before coming to law school like some of your classmates, but it's never too late to improve your interviewing. I'm sure different things work for different people. I ended up spending a few hours in front of a mirror rehearsing my answers to the standard questions (thoughtfulness and a confident delivery are key). My friend practiced interviewing with her more successful friends and received valuable feedback. Both of us did much better afterwards.
You should practice your answers to the usual questions like why you are interested in firm X, why you came to law school, why you want to be a lawyer, and so on, practice discussing something you worked on over the summer, practice discussing every item on your resume, and practice asking the questions that you plan to ask.