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Answering phone calls during callback season

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:26 am

Do you say "hello?" or "this is (first name)" or some other variety?

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Re: Answering phone calls during callback season

Postby cinephile » Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:33 am

Why wouldn't you just answer the phone the same way you normally do? Be sure to be somewhere quiet where you can take the phone call and hear the person, but I intend to answer the phone normally.

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Re: Answering phone calls during callback season

Postby dixiecupdrinking » Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:59 am

Oh my god.

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Postby 20130312 » Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:01 pm

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Re: Answering phone calls during callback season

Postby thewaterlanding » Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:01 pm

dixiecupdrinking wrote:Oh my god.

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Re: Answering phone calls during callback season

Postby Haymarket » Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:04 pm

It's definitely a huge deal. I was about to get an offer for a V15 1L SA but when they asked if it was [my name] I mistakenly said "This is him." The recruiter told me to go fuck myself and called me a moron. Misunderstanding predicate nouns on the phone LITERALLY cost me a job. Learn from my mistake and be sure to obsess over how to answer a phone call.

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Re: Answering phone calls during callback season

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:13 pm

I actually think this is a much bigger deal than most people think. I think "hello" might be a bit too informal. "Salutations" is much preferred, I think. Also, along with your name, you should also mention your school, class rank, and if you consider yourself a URM. I've heard of things really going downhill after the first five seconds on the phone. Don't fuck this up.

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Re: Answering phone calls during callback season

Postby Haymarket » Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:21 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I actually think this is a much bigger deal than most people think. I think "hello" might be a bit too informal. "Salutations" is much preferred, I think. Also, along with your name, you should also mention your school, class rank, and if you consider yourself a URM. I've heard of things really going downhill after the first five seconds on the phone. Don't fuck this up.

Brave use of anon.

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Re: Answering phone calls during callback season

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:28 pm

Serious question/response: what about answering v. letting it go to voicemail to screen?
I recently answered a call from a partner who basically did a screener over the phone that I was totally unprepared for. Did not enjoy it.

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Re: Answering phone calls during callback season

Postby jessuf » Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:12 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Serious question/response: what about answering v. letting it go to voicemail to screen?
I recently answered a call from a partner who basically did a screener over the phone that I was totally unprepared for. Did not enjoy it.


All of mine go to voicemail because I'm at my internship when they call, I'm usually in a courtroom or in the chambers, and I don't know if it's a wrong number, spam, or what. It's not a big deal. Just don't wait forever to call them back.

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Re: Answering phone calls during callback season

Postby LeDique » Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:31 pm

This is a big concern that I didn't want weighing on my chest. So I hired a secretary to answer and screen my calls for me. He has a certificate from DeVry University in Telephonic Communication Assistance where he received numerous classes in proper phone etiquette. Sure, it costs some money now, but it's an investment in my biglaw future.

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Re: Answering phone calls during callback season

Postby Mr. Frodo » Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:40 pm

LeDique wrote:This is a big concern that I didn't want weighing on my chest. So I hired a secretary to answer and screen my calls for me. He has a certificate from DeVry University in Telephonic Communication Assistance where he received numerous classes in proper phone etiquette. Sure, it costs some money now, but it's an investment in my biglaw future.


Lmao. A DeVry joke.




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