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Same day callback rejection?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:35 pm

Has anyone else ever received a same-day rejection after a callback interview? I just got one and I am very confused. I thought the interviews went fine. I have had a number of callbacks, and went to a post-OCI dinner with the firm before receiving a callback, so I can't be that bad of an interviewer. V10 satellite office.

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Re: Same day callback rejection?

Postby UVA2B » Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:36 pm

They moved quickly for one reason or another. Since it's a satellite office, is it also a small class? They might have already found an ideal candidate, but interviewed you to see if you could top that candidate, but you didn't. Don't let it get to you. Too often law students take offense to being rejected or wonder what they did wrong. Sometimes there was just someone better. Move on from it and accept that you weren't the best fit for the firm.

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Re: Same day callback rejection?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:01 pm

UVA2B wrote:They moved quickly for one reason or another. Since it's a satellite office, is it also a small class? They might have already found an ideal candidate, but interviewed you to see if you could top that candidate, but you didn't. Don't let it get to you. Too often law students take offense to being rejected or wonder what they did wrong. Sometimes there was just someone better. Move on from it and accept that you weren't the best fit for the firm.


Actually a fairly large class (20+), and I've never heard of anyone getting a rejection so quickly. Thank you for your advice.

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Re: Same day callback rejection?

Postby UVA2B » Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:07 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
UVA2B wrote:They moved quickly for one reason or another. Since it's a satellite office, is it also a small class? They might have already found an ideal candidate, but interviewed you to see if you could top that candidate, but you didn't. Don't let it get to you. Too often law students take offense to being rejected or wonder what they did wrong. Sometimes there was just someone better. Move on from it and accept that you weren't the best fit for the firm.


Actually a fairly large class (20+), and I've never heard of anyone getting a rejection so quickly. Thank you for your advice.


I know it sucks, and it's natural to parse whether you did something wrong. Maybe you did, but I doubt it if you didn't say anything wildly inappropriate or try to sell yourself in a practice area that the satellite office doesn't do and the firm isn't strong in.

Keep pushing through the interview/hiring season until you have the offer you want in hand. Do more mock interviews if you're worried about your interviewing style, and run your answers to specific questions you think might have gone poorly in that interview to see if you've made any missteps. And continue carrying yourself with confidence in every interview you do in the near future.

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Re: Same day callback rejection?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:43 pm

I wouldn't read too much into the timing. At my firm, the recruiting committee meets once per week, always on the same day. How quickly you get a response completely depends on what day of the week you interview on. If you happen to have an early interview the same day the committee meets and everyone submits their evaluations right after the interview, then you might hear back the same day. Obviously rejections never feel good, but a same day rejection doesn't mean it went unusually bad or anything.

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Re: Same day callback rejection?

Postby dixiecupdrinking » Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:50 pm

Yup, almost certainly just a function of when the committee met. It was that same day in your case. I'm sure it felt shitty but don't take it personally.

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Re: Same day callback rejection?

Postby mjb447 » Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:57 am

Yeah, the timing is almost certainly a function of how the firm makes decisions rather than anything you did. The alternative is that they accelerated their process just to reject you a little earlier than they otherwise would have, which doesn't make sense.

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Re: Same day callback rejection?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:43 pm

Fried Frank DC did that to me last year. I thought it was a dick move since I was still at the hotel they put me up in. I ordered a large dinner and billed it to the firm.



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