Anonymous User wrote:UVA2B wrote:Anonymous User wrote:How does this calculus change if you're telling a non-interviewer at the firm (partner you know personally) of your absolute preference for their firm? Obviously my phone call to them will not present an opportunity for fire or flesh wound, but curious on best practices for this kind of move (or advice not to do it).
Are you absolutely dead set on working for this firm? You should only mention that the firm is your top choice if you'd accept an offer, regardless of who you're talking with at the firm, and regardless of other options available to you. Otherwise, be cordial, appreciative, and non-commital until they make a decision. Your control of the process begins and ends in the interactions you have with the firm, and you should appreciate that. It doesn't matter if it's an interviewer or not, because everyone at the firm can affect your candidacy at the firm. But if you have a strong advocate at the firm because you want to work for them, absolutely leverage that relationship.
If some people got cbs for a firm and nobody got rejections yet, does it pay to follow up with the partner? He liked me and I said I could email him something we spoke about and then I did not (because it wasn't a promise, but a "I can email you")
Does it ever help to email follow up? Sigh
I'll provide an optimist perspective, even though I question this will work: anytime you can interact with a firm that hasn't rejected you, you are given another opportunity to give a positive impression to that person/that firm. Law firms are making important hiring decisions at this time of year, and while there is important guidelines a firm will follow, there is real value to showing you're genuinely interested in the firm beyond initial interviews. Keep leveraging your contacts when you can. We all need that type of confirmation sometimes.