Icculus wrote:bdubs wrote:Icculus wrote:rinkrat19 wrote:Obviously firms do a bajillion screeners for each open SA slot, but is there any estimate on how many callbacks is typical per opening? (Basically, what are your odds if you manage to snag a CB?)
ETA: I know that's impossible to answer precisely and it shouldn't matter anyway for effort put forth. But I'm curious.
ETA2: And did the great debate finally settle on a thank-you via email, rather than handwritten, for a screener?
1. No one knows. Some firms have a 2:1 CB to offer ration, some have a 10:1, totally depends on the firm. A CB in this economy is not merely an opportunity to not fuck up, it's a round of interviews where you really need to impress. Do not assume a CB means an offer, and do not go trying to figure out your odds. Your only focus right now should be: impress at screeners, impress at CBs, and keep working/hustling/etc. until you get a job. I cannot stress this enough: CLASSES ARE YOUR LOWEST PRIORITY THROUGH HIRING SEASON. YOU MISS CLASSES, JOURNAL MEETINGS, EXTRA CURRICULARS, EVERYTHING FOR INTERVIEWS AND CALL BACKS.
2. I didn't send a single thank you to a screener or cb interviewer. I don't think it hurt me. But if I were to send one it would be through email. Lawyers have enough paper to deal with. They probably have too many emails as well.
I will reiterate and add a little.
1) I know this number for my firm and it surprised me a bit. Don't think that because they are paying a god awful amount of money to fly you out and put you up in a fancy hotel that it means that your chances are high. They are willing to spend a totally unreasonable amount of money to get the people that they want (and then pay again over the summer for them to get wined and dined). Treat the CB as though you are still fighting, but be happy because the odds are definitely much more in your favor during a CB than a screener.
2) Also no thank you notes sent and no adverse reaction. Attorneys have full inboxes and they didn't really want to be doing recruiting interviews in the first place.
To add to number 1, remember that many firms, esopecaily in New York are not flying out that many people. So while you may be coming from Chi to NYC, they alsoi have a billion NYC schools to pick from that cost them nothing to bring in. So while only a few NU people may get CBs, 100 NYU students could and it wouldn't change the expenses.
The amount of billable hours you chew up is worth probably two or three grand. I doubt they really care about air fair.