2019 Public Practice Recruit FAQ: Fall

Fall Recruit 2019 is officially around the corner! Are you a post-secondary student looking for a pre-approved position with a CPA firm? Read the important points below to make sure you’re ready.

What types of positions does the Recruitment Framework apply to? The CPABC Post-Secondary Recruitment Framework applies to all full-time, summer, and co-op positions that start in 2020. These guidelines apply to all candidates applying for a pre-approved positions that begin in the 2020 calendar year, including current students, graduated students, and out-of-province students.

What is the difference between Spring and Fall Recruit? Spring Recruit applies only to selective firms in the Lower Mainland and has an additional sign-by date. Both Fall and Spring Recruit have the same processes and applies to the same positions. Click to view the Spring and Fall Recruit dates for Lower Mainland.

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 2020 you will want to go through the recruitment process the in 2019.

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 2020 positions? Firms have agreed to use the consistent offer acceptance (i.e., sign-back) dates for any recruiting done from January to October 2019. This allows students to make informed decisions in respect of all offers available to them, prior to accepting.  Click to view detailed dates for Lower Mainland, Northern BC/Okanagan or Vancouver Island.

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. Most 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 Night 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.