Anonymous User wrote: wwwcol wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:OCS says you can email the hiring coordinators 10-12 days after a CB if you haven't heard anything.
Does this seem like it would actually change anything (like get a ding or offer faster)? I can't see it helping anything, except perhaps a yield protect situation.
Don't do it unless you have another offer expiring soon. You're exactly right that it won't help anything, but it may hurt you.
How can it hurt you, unless you are saying things like "could you make a decision asap?"?
I think something like "I would like to know the status of my candidacy" should be alright.
I think you're underestimating how much work the recruiting folks are doing right now/how much power they have.
E.g., at my firm, there was one head of recruiting and s/he had one assistant. Together, they coordinated about 700 on campus interviews given by 22 attorneys. S/he and (when applicable) each of the 22 attorneys met with the hiring committee and gave at least cursory consideration to everybody (and much more in-depth consideration for candidates on the cusp). Each of the 150-or-so candidates who got a callback received a personalized phone call and then called in to coordinate their callbacks. S/he arranged the schedules for those 150 callbacks, each of which involved meeting with 5 different attorneys (with requirements as to how many were partners/associates and the need to loop in hiring committee members.) All of those 150 candidates were then discussed by subunits of the hiring committee (with alums from each school brought in to help give context) and offers were extended to some portion of them.
The amount of coordination involved here is immense. Oftentimes the staffing is lean. And probably the last email s/he wants to receive (of the dozens and dozens s/he got that day) was from a Harvard student asking about their candidacy (which will be interpreted, though I have no doubt this is not your intention, as a "Where is my offer" email.)
S/he is a professional and would never let annoyance at getting an email get in the way of your decision. (Also, the committee structure somewhat reduces her/his ability to do so.) But at some firms, the recruiting people have a ton of say in who gets a callback.
Does this mean don't send an email? No, not necessarily. At some point the wait does become ridiculous. Especially, as suggested above, if you've got offers expiring. Every recruiting person in the world understands how that works and will probably try to be helpful. But just think before sending off the email.