Attorneys meeting a candidate for a first interview must be as convinced of the student's ability and "fit" as the initial interviewer. Do not be surprised if the committee decides to keep you on "hold" until they determine their organization-wide hiring needs. Do not immediately write the firm off and assume that a rejection will follow. Patience and follow-up often pays off.
Once the organization has made an offer, it is important to do the following:
- Immediately acknowledge its receipt. Please do not delay in contacting an employer who has offered you a position. In today's market, you do not have the luxury of waiting if you are uncertain of your answer.
- Call and let the firm know of your interest and, at the same time, find out the firm's timetable for an answer.
- All offers require a written response–whether positive or negative. Whether accepting or rejecting an offer, call the organization and speak with the individual who extended the offer. The telephone call is important even when rejecting an offer; it leaves the organization with a more positive feeling about you.
- Whenever possible, do not burn any bridges. You have only one professional reputation and you must protect it at all costs.
- After your telephone conversation, follow-up with a letter confirming your acceptance or rejection of the offer.