- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I worked at Department of Justice Canada as a contractor (more than a year)Pros
Benefits are incredible. I found the structure less rigid than other departments.Cons
Silos between branches. I didn't believe in the policies we covered.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Keep on working with employees - I enjoyed their effort to engage and inspire us.RecommendsNeutral Outlook
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Department of Justice Canada in October 2012.Interview Details
If you make it through, there are two rounds of interviews. During the on cycle period, interviews happen at OCIs, which are normally in mid-September to early October. Note that interviews with government are largely fact and law driven. It is essential to come prepared, however you must have an outstanding grasp of the law during your second interview. The first interview consists of pleasantries, three questions, and then any questions you have for your interviewer. You will likely not know who your interviewer is beforehand - if possible, ask you Career Liaison Officer if they can provide you with that information, as the interviewers tend to be the same year after year.
I was asked three questions in my first interview:
1. Tell me about a time when you faced a challenge and how you overcame it?
2. What in your opinion is the biggest legal challenge facing Canada today? Why do you think this?
3. Whom to you most admire and why?
Take your time, ask for clarification, and spend a silent moment constructing and ORGANISING the answer in your mind. Then be yourself.
There may be a reception. Go to this and be chatty.
The second interview:
Usually happens with a different interviewer. Much more intense. Be prepared to talk about a specific case. You need to know the facts, issues, holding, and reasoning. Clearly and succinctly answer all parts of the question. Beware, usually the question contains multiple parts.
I was asked 5 questions:
1. What other job would you do if you weren't a lawyer?
2. What case made you want to become a lawyer and why? Explain the facts, issues, holding, and analyses.
3. What section of the Charter needs the most protection and why?
4. Why work for government?
5. What would you do if your co-worker negatively tweeted about a case you were working on?
Questions asked will vary, but in all cases give in depth, to-the-point answers that address all parts of the question.Interview Questions
No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
- What would you do if you were assigned to work on a case, the basis of which you disagreed? Answer Question
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