Anonymous User wrote:I definitely did not overestimate my interviewing skills- I did much better than I expected. I believe I did all that you listed, and I don't think I bid too high (I'm not surprised by the V10 rejections I got, but disappointed by some others). I don't think it's all grades, but it sounds like people with excellent grades and amazing resumes are a cinch for CBs, and people who are the best interviewers get a lot of CBs as well. Then there a lot of people like me who probably aren't the absolute best on either front, but overall present a very good, well-rounded candidacy that should be equal to the person who is mostly strong on one front.
It seems like most of the people I've heard about with trouble like OP is having are K-JDs. Do you have a convincing narrative to tell in your interviews about why you went to law school / why you want to work in big law? New associates aren't profitable to firms and I think they are rightly concerned about choosing people who might quit after a year or two. Also, from talking with big law associates, it seems like the interview process boils down to whether your interviewer thinks (1) that he wouldn't mind working with you on a project until 3am and (2) that you come across as mature and responsible, so he wouldn't be worried about your professionalism / presentability with clients.
The second is more applicable to partners, but probably also senior associates whose ass is on the line when they pass your work along to a partner. I would do some thinking to see if there is anything you could improve on along those two lines. Also, ask other people---go over your answers to the usual questions and see what they think. It's hard to have enough self-awareness to judge these things accurately yourself. Just saying these things to try to help; I know it sucks right now but you have two CBs and have a chance to turn those into two offers. Keep positive