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Ann Israel is the legal profession’s Dear Abby. A New York legal recruiter since 1979, Ann is a past president of the National Association of Legal Search Consultants. Advice for the Lawlorn is updated every Tuesday.


Q: What is the etiquette for reapplying to a firm that you previously interviewed with but were not offered the job? Are you forever “persona non grata” with that firm?

Dear Persona: Wow! That is a tough question — but, certainly, a good one. I hesitated when deciding whether to answer this question because there are so many variables to consider before making the decision whether or not to approach a firm that previously rejected you.

When you are dealing with a recruiter, it is a bit easier to approach this situation because, obviously, the headhunter is able to speak with someone at the firm or corporation and inquire whether or not you are eligible for coming back to be interviewed again.

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