merde_happens wrote:Not a partner but just to try to assuage some neuroses, I have definitely said this and it meant nothing other than a token platitude that sounds better at the end of the interview than "see ya!" Maybe not the finding the perfect fit, which does sound a bit ominous, but I've said "good luck with the rest of the process" and "good luck with 2L" or something of the like.
Senior associate here: I often say this in response to thank you emails from candidates - wish them good luck figuring out the right place for them (and usually offer to be a sounding board if they want input choosing between firms, if I in any way enjoyed our conversation and found them to be thoughtful about their search.) I've intended the "good luck" part as just sincere good wishes in working out what the right offer to accept is, and I say "right place" because I don't want to be presumptuous whether they think our firm is the best fit for them. I say it regardless of whether the person is getting an offer from my firm or not (and sometimes that decision hasn't been made when I respond.)
Just one perspective. Hope I haven't been freaking any of the recipients out about "subtext." There isn't any on my end.