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Ontario Securities Commission
Articling Student was asked...June 19, 2014

How do you strike a balance between investor protection and encouraging efficiency in the capital markets?

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Be concise, make a couple of key comments about the importance of balancing the two and some examples of how the OSC has been able to do it, read their press releases for more details on their work. Less

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Which city should we open an office in?

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A city in an emerging market, focusing on an established practice group.

MNP

Tell me about yourself A follow-up question of my answer to " tell me about your self". I said that I like playing table tennis. The interviewer asked me how do I play table tennis? Why do you choose MNP? Why did you choose accounting? Why did you choose MMPA?

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I mentioned MNP's entrepreneurial spirit.

MNP

Why I wanted to work at the firm

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Because of the high growth rate of the firm and the potential to grow with MNP. Also the various learning opportunities available through working with clients in such a wide variety of industries. Less

MNP

What I was looking for in an accounting firm?

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I was most interested in working at a firm where I fit with the culture and could make true friends with my co-workers. I wanted to work somewhere that incorporated 'fun' aspects that incorporated team features. I have always performed best from a team point of view. Less

PwC

Questions about education background

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Gave details about what was already given in application

"Why do you think we do that area of law?"

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It's part of your company's business title...

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Describe a recent Ministry case that went to the Supreme Court of Canada.

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I discussed the case, the area of law, and its significnce.

Norton Rose Fulbright

If you were the interviewer and had to ask 3 questions, what would they be?

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I chose three qualities that I thought were important as a lawyer 1) client driven 2) high sense of ethical responsibility and 3) a good listener Less

MNP

They went through my resume and asked about every single aspect/detail they were interested in. The whole interview was not really structured. They encourage you to take the initiative to share.

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The chill interview sometimes is good or bad. Because you could share your experience based on your preferences and logic but you could also easily lose the focus. Therefore, I think the key is to firstly, get really familiar to your resume and secondly, always remember you are selling yourself, relating your stories with the abilities and skills the job needs! Less

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