Public Practice Recruit Series: 2018 FAQ

Fall Recruit is around the corner! Looking for a job with a CPA firm? Read the important points below to make sure you’re ready.

If I want to work for a public practice firm, when should I go through the recruit process? Many firms do their hiring about one year in advance. So, if you are looking to start with a firm in January, May, or September of 2019 you will want to go through the recruitment process the in 2018.

When do firms accept applications, interview candidates, and make offers? Individual firms set their own application deadlines, interview period, and offer period at their own discretion. Some firms may hire on an ongoing basis throughout the spring, summer, and fall, while others may have set application deadlines. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with each firm’s recruiting process and deadlines.

What are the key dates for 2019 positions? Firms have agreed to use the consistent offer acceptance (i.e., sign-back) dates for any recruiting done from January to October 2018. This allows students to make informed decisions in respect of all offers available to them, prior to accepting.  The following dates will be used:

Fall offer acceptance date: October 5, 2018 (applies to any offers made after June 29, 2018 and prior to October 5, 2018).
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Will there be firm networking events over the summer in the Lower Mainland? Yes, various networking events will take place on-campus and in firm offices throughout the summer. These events are not organized by CPABC. To stay up-to-date on these events, connect with your campus accounting club and career centre.

 Will CPABC be holding any other networking events? Yes, CPABC holds a number of networking events including Connect Networking Nights in November and various speed networking events throughout the year. Stay informed of all upcoming events by signing up for our CareerConnect Newsletter.

 What if I accept an offer and then subsequently receive an offer from another firm that I’d rather work at? Students should not renege on an offer they have accepted. They should honour the acceptance of an offer as a contractual agreement with the firm.

 Are there any rules that the firms should be following? The CPABC Post-Secondary Recruitment Framework outlines employer responsibilities here.

Are there any rules that students should be following? The CPABC Post-Secondary Recruitment Framework outlines student responsibilities here.

I still have more questions. Who can I contact? Feel free to email recruitment@bccpa.ca and the Student Recruitment team at CPABC will be happy to help answer any questions you have.