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Idiot writing sample mistake

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:10 pm

I accidentally sent a couple firms an older version of my writing sample which had a couple of small mistakes (missing letter and missing apostrophe). Should I send them the right version even though I already interviewed? I figured they will probably ding me for them anyway, so maybe it wouldn't hurt to. I guess I could also just hope they miss them but that seems unlikely.

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Re: Idiot writing sample mistake

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:15 pm

They almost certainly will not notice them and they will not notice all of them and if they do they won’t ding you for them. Don’t resend.

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Re: Idiot writing sample mistake

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:47 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I accidentally sent a couple firms an older version of my writing sample which had a couple of small mistakes (missing letter and missing apostrophe). Should I send them the right version even though I already interviewed? I figured they will probably ding me for them anyway, so maybe it wouldn't hurt to. I guess I could also just hope they miss them but that seems unlikely.


I recently got a v50 offer where I made a mistake or two similar to that which you describe. I have a feeling they barely even read the sample. Do not resend.

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Re: Idiot writing sample mistake

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:54 pm

I just finished “reviewing” a candidate’s writing sample. Spent max 90 seconds on it. Too busy to read it thoroughly enough to spot a typo. Only read intro and briefly skimmed the legal argument section to see if candidate had the general idea how to write a brief. Can’t imagine many lawyers do a more thorough review.

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Re: Idiot writing sample mistake

Postby RaceJudicata » Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:46 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I just finished “reviewing” a candidate’s writing sample. Spent max 90 seconds on it. Too busy to read it thoroughly enough to spot a typo. Only read intro and briefly skimmed the legal argument section to see if candidate had the general idea how to write a brief. Can’t imagine many lawyers do a more thorough review.


Yep, that’s about how much time I just spent reviewing a writing sample... and it was on my cell phone. If you resend, however, I might run a redline to see what you are trying to get by me.

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Re: Idiot writing sample mistake

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:38 pm

I spend maybe 45 seconds looking at a writing sample. If it looks lawyerly and isn’t some weird formatted mess, it passes. If a candidate were to ask me about their writing sample in an interview, I wouldn’t even remember what they submitted.

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Re: Idiot writing sample mistake

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:58 am

Mid level who does plenty of recruiting here:

(1) I don’t read writing samples

(2) I have let plenty of dumb typos slip into things that have been filed

(3) I would probably ding you if you emailed to correct a writing sample. It means you were both careless enough to miss it in the first place (which is not a deal breaker) and that you are so neurotic that you see the need to correct and call attention to it (which is)

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Re: Idiot writing sample mistake

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:29 pm

Thank you all for calming my raging OCI nerves.

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Re: Idiot writing sample mistake

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:34 pm

I just received/accepted an offer at a V50 where I spelled the recruiting contacts name wrong on the cover letter... so yea...

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Re: Idiot writing sample mistake

Postby SFSpartan » Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:35 pm

They will almost certainly not notice them. An additional anecdote to help calm your nerves - the first firm I worked at out of school jumbled the first letters of it's founding partners names into an acronym (think AMBQ). I misspelled said acronym in my cover letter. Still got an offer, and nobody noticed. Chances are, nobody will notice your error(s), and even if they do notice, they won't care.

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Re: Idiot writing sample mistake

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:07 pm

I misspelled the name of the firm (damn autocorrect) in 4/9 emails I sent after my callback. Still got the offer.



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