Considerations for an In-Person Callback
by the Summer Associate Hub Team
- Every person you meet is a member of the firm and should be treated as such. During your visit to the office, you will likely meet receptionists, cafeteria staff, and other office staff when you arrive and/or throughout the visit. The recruiting staff, who runs the recruiting process for the firm (a very busy time for the team), will likely meet with you and escort you to your first callback interview. Either the recruiting team member or the interviewer will escort you to your next interviews.
- Time between interviews still counts. Between callback interviews, either the interviewer that you just met with or a member of the recruiting team will escort you to the next interview. Although the prior interview is “over,” is not really over. It is helpful to keep a normal chatter during the time walking from one interview to the other. After all, many attorneys say that the most important thing they want to find out during a callback is whether you are someone they want to spend time with at 12am on a busy deal.
- Keep the energy up. With 3-6 consecutive interviews (often covering largely the same topics), a callback can be tiring. Do your best to keep your energy levels high throughout the length of the callback.
- Callbacks are a two-way street. The prevailing wisdom is that, if a firm invites you in for a callback, you are more likely than not to land an offer (some in law school might call this “by a preponderance of the evidence”). So, keep in mind that the firm is also trying to sell itself to you during the process.
Summer Associate Hub Team
This content is based on our own experiences as former law students and BigLaw attorneys, and countless conversations with firm recruiting teams, law students, law school career advisors, legal career coaches, and hiring partners.
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