We understand that the route from application to in-firm interview to cocktail party can be long, hectic, and nerve-racking. How do you go through it without coming out the other end as a frazzled, nervous, and thinly-stretched applicant? Get prepared by reading our tips and advice section learn about what type of attire is appropriate at an in-firm interview, how to address your cover letter and how to get some great on-campus interview tips. It will let you know what it takes, and how to get it done.
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Here are a few things you can expect at our in-firm interviews.
|You can contact Shannon a few days before your interview (e-mail is the best) and she'll tell you who's interviewing you (the interviewers are always subject to change due to unexpected shifts in their schedules).||
When you arrive at Cassels Brock, you'll be directed to the student reception area. Some of our articling students will be there to greet you. If you have any last minute questions about the firm, ask them.
|It's important to keep your energy level up. As demanding as OCIs were, the November interviews are more demanding because they're two days in length. We'll have juices and snacks in the student reception area.||
We keep a first aid kit in the student reception area. If those new shoes are giving you blisters, help yourself to a bandage. If Bay Street is turning your stomach, help yourself to an antacid.
After your interview, our former articling students are available to take you on a tour, introduce you to more of our lawyers, and to answer any questions you might have.
If you feel you need more information about us in order to make an informed decision, don't hesitate to let us know and we'd be pleased to see you again at your convenience.
Tips & Insights
Jeremy Bornstein (Western): Prepare by getting to know the firm and the people in advance so you can show that you want to work there and that you would be a fit.
Chris Selby (Western): Try to connect with your tour guide at the firm. They can be a great resource during your visit to answer questions that you may not be comfortable asking lawyers.
Clara Lee (Windsor): Wear comfortable shoes. Work them in before you realize that walking around in new shoes for 3 days makes for unhappy feet.
Stephanie Voudouris (Osgoode):Bring lots of bandaids! Also, when you have a free minute, take the business cards you’ve received and try to write down some key words about the conversation you had with that person. This makes it easier to send thank-you emails later!
Max Rothschild (Dalhousie): Relax the weekend before. There’s a very good chance you won’t end up sleeping the Sunday night just based on nerves/anxiety. You want to keep yourself healthy and have your wits about you, especially on the Monday.
Samuel Yorke (Toronto): Make sure you bring a “Tide to Go” to the dinners!
Jessica Lee (Osgoode): If you live far away from the financial district, I would highly recommend staying with a friend or family member downtown or splitting a hotel room in the area with a few friends on the first two nights of in-firm week to reduce anxiety and exhaustion on those very important days. You may have early mornings and late nights and you want to make sure you get as much sleep as possible! Trust me, your mind and body will thank you!
Luke Gill (Toronto): Don’t schedule too many, there are a lot of names and faces too remember. I’ve heard 4-6 is the maximum, but even that might be pushing it. And if you forget who is who you might send a follow-up email to a lawyer about the baby pictures you looked at when you definitely did not look at ANY baby pictures with that person.
Jared Puterman (Osgoode): Sometimes it’s difficult to find the right balance between confidence and enthusiasm, I suggest the latter.
Leonard Loewith (Dalhousie): Don’t feel you have to spend every minute “selling yourself” – be honest, be friendly, and don’t worry if conversations seems very light/casual.
Kyle Simpson (Western): Try to meet as many people at the firm as you can, including any articling and summer students that may be helping out during the in-firm process. The more people you are able to meet, the better you will be able to gauge the firm culture and whether the firm would be a good “fit” for you. While it can be a busy few days, try to relax and be yourself, and remember that the interviews work both ways – both sides are trying to find the best fit. Lastly, always be polite, smile, and try to keep your energy level up.