A deferral is bad. A rescinded offer is worse. But what about multiple deferrals or indefinite deferrals?
Last year, Blank Rome announced that its incoming class would be starting in January 2010, deferred from the normal Fall 2009 starting time.
Then, some of the associates were deferred until May 2010.
But, now May’s here, but not all the associates will be. Blank Rome confirmed that four associates had been deferred for a third time. This time though, there’s no projected start date. An indefinite deferral is pretty douchy. If you’re lucky enough to get an interview somewhere else, they’re going to ask about your previous job and why you aren’t working there now. You’ll want to say you were deferred, so they don’t think you were no-offered. But, that will raise doubts in the new firm over whether you’ll jump ship as soon as a start date (and presumably a much bigger paycheck) show up.
I think at this point, the nice thing to do is rescind the offers, give kids a letter stating that the recension was purely economical and not merit based, and then tell them they’ll be first in line as new positions open up. By giving an indefinite deferral instead of a recension, the firm is hoping the associates-to-be won’t look too hard for other work, keeping them free if the firm needs them later. And for that, they’re getting their Wikipedia page raided.
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