I learnt something about HR departments in law firms today. They don’t always know what they’re doing when sifting through applications.
I applied to a law firm last week for an employment paralegal position, and I received a reply a few days later via letter informing me that I would NOT be invited for an interview. It so happens that my best mate works at the same firm, so I asked him what he thought. He said he would pass on my CV to his boss, who is Head of Department.
Later on in the day, I received an sms saying that his boss was incensed because he was impressed with my CV and yet had never seen it. I have to admit I was surprised not to be asked for an interview, especially as I have plenty of employment experience plus I’m studying a LLM in employment law!!
It makes me wonder: how many applications have I sent to firms during the past few years that have fallen at the wayside simply due to incompetent HR personnel who don’t really know what they’re meant to be looking for. How often do the lawyers themselves get to look at the applications? How do they know the HR departments are picking the right candidates for the job?
The Group for Solicitors with Disabilities is having a meeting plus reception on the 15 December. If you are a Deaf or hard of hearing lawyer or law student, we would like to see you there. In addition, we are also hoping to meet outside this. To attend this reception, you will need an invite, therefore please contact us or GSD direct.
Had really helpful replies from Charles Russell and Olswang (!).
Thank you for your email regarding your application for a Training Contract.
Unfortunately due to the large number of applications that we received it is not possible to provide feedback to applicants who have not reached interview stage.
However, I think it is safe to say that the calibre of applications we received was especially high and it would not necessarily have been one particular aspect of your CV and covering letter that affected your application, simply that other applications were considered stronger overall.
I hope this is not too much of a disappointment to you and wish you every success in securing a Training Contract elsewhere.
Due to the volume of applications we receive, unfortunately we are unable to give individuals feedback on their application at this stage of the process.
We are sorry, but would like to take this opportunity to wish you luck in securing a training contract.
The Graduate Recruitment Team
Why doesn’t these replies surprise me?