J9ofDiamonds wrote: First Offense wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Come on guys. Outing doesn't do anything but move more no offers to being cold offers which is, at best, marginally helpful, and at worst, continues this pattern of people thinking they're at a 100% firm until the surprise "welcome to Greenland" phone call.
A Cold offer is markedly better than a no offer. When a cold offer happens and you're interviewing with another firm, you can spin the "Yeah, I got an offer but I'm looking for a firm that has a better fit for me (be it practice group, personality, assignment, whatever)". A no offer doesn't allow you that leeway.
You can also accept a cold offer and there is a decent chance they won't even remember or that you end up in a group where none of the partners have a clue you got cold offered. I'd rather hear about 5 friends getting cold offers than 1 getting a no no
This is perhaps the stupidest thing I've ever read on this site. Trust me, everyone will know you are cold offered, and you will be pushed out in a year or less. That might be "better" than a no offer in some technical sense, but it's still a career-threatening disaster. The cold offer rate is decidedly non-zero, and my friends who got them never really got back on their feet.
Put differently, if you are 3L interviewing after your summer at [insert firm here], and you say you got an offer but that [firm] wasn't a good fit for you personally, it's not like the other firms you're interviewing with are fooled.