Anonymous User wrote:It's way too early to throw up the white flag. Firms are hiring into late October. Just keep reaching out to people. And if you haven't received dings from your callbacks this is wayyyy too premature.
Is it just a rumor that Haynes & Boone has made two rounds of rejections? (I'm the OP clone who got screwed by the CSO). Also, I got added to the schedules of 5/6 firms with few or no openings, including the one I got the CB from, after talking to the HR person outside the door, sometimes for up to 20 minutes. I think if I had presentation issues, or social skills deficits, I wouldn't have gotten that kind of response rate since the main purpose of the HR people standing outside the interview door (with Texas and California firms) is to screen for social skills prior to the interview to narrow the pool. I also got a 5-1 callback ration with NYC V30's at a job fair, which isn't great for my numbers but isn't awful either, prior to taking the CSO's advice (a few of these are still pending, so fingers crossed).
My grades at UT and a native Texan on LR should NOT be striking out of Big Tex without serious social deficiencies. I have a feeling my meeting with the new Dean may be productive based on my ability to document everything in writing and explain it cogently, so I'm not dropping out yet. I'd love to work in Boston, Chicago, or NYC if he can make some calls for me in those cities where he's been during his career. Wish me luck!
EDIT: In response to non-profit, I did sometimes talk about firm culture on a very basic level in my interviews , but I think it sounded insincere and commercialized because I have little feel for this sort of thing having never been around a large law firm before. At risk of outing myself, I tried to ask every firm not on Chambers & Associates whether they did the "free market system" or the "Cravath model" and tried to sell my interest based on their answer. But I realize this probably sounded really canned--since I have never experienced either and have no particular authentic reason to care about one or the other-- and didn't win me any friends. I also occasionally asked about partnership tracks. But these kinds of questions do not sound real, ya know? They sound like questions someone memorized for an interview. Firms want to hire people with a genuine interest in their practice areas and the ability to relate to normal people, which questions like these don't bespeak.