2 weeks until Malachy’s Soiree!

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ALT Recruitment Partners is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Malachy’s Soiree!

Malachy’s Soiree was started by Kerry O’Reilly Wilks and her husband Lloyd Wilks after their son Malachy, born seven weeks premature, received amazing care at the St. Michael’s Neonatal. The annual celebration raises awareness about the work being done in the NICU and raises money to help the hospital continue to provide world class neonatal care. Driven by a powerhouse steering committee of Toronto’s top women leaders, Malachy’s Soiree has quickly become one of the hottest events of the Toronto legal and business community – truly not to be missed!

Join us on September 27 at Rebel Nightclub. Tickets are selling out fast – get yours here: http://www.malachyssoiree.ca/tickets/

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2 weeks until Innovatio!

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ALT Recruitment Partners is a proud sponsor of the Canadian Lawyer InHouse Innovatio Awards!

The Innovatio Awards celebrate in-house counsel who have shown leadership through innovation and creativity in meeting the needs of their organizations. On September 20, 2018 the winners will be celebrated at a Cocktail Reception, Gala Dinner and Awards Presentation at the Arcadian Court in Toronto.

The 2018 Judging Panel, an esteemed group of remarkable in-house counsel themselves, have their work cut out for them! 

Please join us in celebrating the tireless work of in-house counsel. Visit www.innovatio-awards.com.


Informal Interviews

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Informal interviews often follow a conversational tone. Typically the interview starts with small talk before getting down to the core of the meeting, which you can expect to last for 45-60 minutes. The interviewer wants to understand your experience and how it fits with the role they are seeking to fill (can you do the job?), see how well you speak and interact with others (will you fit in?), and assess your interest in the position (do you want this job?). More often than not, the interviewer will do a lot of talking about the role and the organization before moving to their questions for you. The interview can take many turns, as a normal conversation would, and will often be guided by the experience outlined in your resume and how you answer the interviewer’s questions.

Below are some sample interview questions you can expect in an informal interview:

  • Why are you interested in this role with our company?
  • What do you think makes you a good fit for this role?
  • What aspects of this role do you think will be the biggest challenge for you?
  • What is your communication style?
  • How would you rate your drafting skills?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your areas for improvement?
  • What do you think your references will say about you?
  • Do you have any questions?

The final question of “do you have any questions?” is not meant to trick you. If you have questions, ask one or two that seem appropriate. Do not ask any question that you should already know the answer to through your interview preparation and the information you have been provided throughout the interview. If you do not have questions, it is okay to say that all of your questions have been answered and reiterate your interest in the role.

A note on compensation: typically the topic of compensation is not raised in a first interview, however if the employer raises the topic you should address the question as honestly as possible.

Launch of ALT Legal Support division

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Our clients have asked and now we have answered…

Due to popular demand, ALT is proud to announce the launch of our Legal Support division headed by veteran recruiter Tania Isnor!

Tania will be focused on engagements for legal support professionals. If you have hiring needs in this area and want to experience the ALT Approach offering unparalleled service, please email Tania at tisnor@altrecruit.ca.

What to Wear

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As recruitment experts, we get a lot of questions about appropriate attire for an interview. There are always complicating factors with this question but in our view, the answer is always the same – dress to impress. You can never be overdressed for an interview (unless of course, you opt to dust off your tuxedo or ballgown – not advisable). Below are some specific questions we often field:

“It’s Friday – won’t everyone be dressed down?”

Yes, convention means that many offices adopt a business casual (or sometimes casual casual) Friday attire for employees. It feels just a little bit sweeter going into the office wearing jeans. But depending on your office, casual Fridays are widely varying. In an insurance company, it might mean suit no tie. At our office, it usually means jeans and a blouse with a blazer for meetings. At a technology company, it probably means hoodies and cargo pants. The important thing to remember is that even if employees are dressed down, they are not interviewing – you are!

“If I wear a suit to my office, everyone will know I’m going to an interview!”

We understand the worry – you don’t want to tip off your employer or co-workers that something is up by wearing clothes you wouldn’t usually wear to the office, especially if your interview happens to be on a Friday. How to resolve this? There are lots of ways. Take the afternoon of your interview off, if you can, and go home to change. Or keep your change of clothes in your bag or car and do a quick change in a Starbucks restroom or the gym. We’ve even offered our offices to ALT candidates for a quick changeroom and a place to store your bags – no problem! A recent candidate purchased a tie en route to his interview. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

“I want my unique style to shine through – I don’t want to work somewhere where I can’t be myself.”

We meet hundreds of candidates every year, ranging from millennial to baby boomer and beyond, and we have seen all kinds of style – short pants, tight pants, bright colours, bright socks, no socks, suit shorts, big hair, polished head – you name it, we’ve seen it. We are not advocating that you wear a black suit and white shirt and red tie – far from it. Expressing personality through style is awesome – but it must be office appropriate. No revealing cleavage (men or women), no tight T-shirts (men or women), and nothing too short (men or women). Looking as though you are heading straight to the club, or the ski hill, isn’t appropriate workwear, let alone interview attire.

“I am never comfortable in a suit – I won’t feel confident.”

Business appropriate attire means different things to different people. Some will opt for pants with a blazer and flats if that’s what they are most comfortable (and powerful) wearing. Others, a dress with a jacket and statement necklace. Others still will prefer a matching suit and pant, perhaps with a vibrant tie, pocket square, and funky socks. You be you – the best form of you – so you can shine through with confidence.

One last tip as you’re walking into the meeting. No matter what you’re wearing, it truly is what is on the inside that counts. First impressions don’t tell your story – you do. So be positive, confident and prepared and you will be amazing.

Oh By Golly Have a Holly Jolly Office Holiday Party This Year!

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It’s that time of year again! Please enjoy this holiday post, written and originally posted in 2016 by ALT Partner Rebecca Toth.


It’s that most wonderful time of the year. Whether you’re excited for festivus, jolly old saint nick, the first noel, eight crazy nights or chrismukkah, you better think twice about the holiday office party. Let’s make sure that when your big boss checks the list to see who’s been naughty or nice, you’re squarely on the nice list. Here are a few office holiday party “DOs” and “DON’Ts” to consider along with some real life mishaps that we have been privy to.

Eat, drink and be merry!

Definitely DO go to the office holiday party. It’s a great way to get to know your co-workers in an informal, social way. There will be lots of laughs, particularly at those co-workers who follow the ‘don’t do’ rules of holiday party etiquette. Done right, however, you’ll see strong mentor relationships and even real friendships develop. Be sure to eat if you plan on having a drink and engaging in merriment. That way you’ll not end up like one office holiday party attendee who passed out in their soup.

Dress in Holiday Style

Holiday parties are the time for a little extra sparkle and shine. DO don something more than your usual office attire. But choose wisely. It’s still a work function and it should be classy. With class achieved, still watch out for wardrobe malfunctions. You definitely want to avoid your strapless dress slipping down while swing-dancing with a senior member of the department in front of everyone!

I don’t know if there’ll be snow, But have a cup of cheer!

Of course the office holiday party is a time to celebrate but DON’T overindulge. The next day when you walk down Bay Street to say hello to friends you know make sure it’s not with your head hung in shame! Almost every awesomely horrific office party story is fueled by one cup too many of good cheer. Moderation is the key to not being the only one in the holiday ‘spirit’ dancing on the bar, splitting your suit pants on the dance floor, or taking a brief nap in the bathroom.

Outside the snow is falling, And friends are calling “Yoo-hoo!”

DO mingle and network with everyone, not just your usual crew. Make a great impression on all – the support team, your peers, and more senior partners. DON’T air your grievances like one first year associate who told the managing partner that they deserve to be paid more because they’re a better lawyer than most at the firm. Similarly, think twice about taking on the office nemesis even though they may well deserve a lump of coal for how they treat others.

Oh, ho the mistletoe, Hung where you can see

While the mistletoe may have been hung with care, the office holiday party is not the place to ‘romance’. A few torrid stories we’ve heard include dirty dancing, office love triangles ending in fist fights, and secretly kissing a co-worker while your significant other chats with other guests. That’s not very merry at all. DO show your appreciation to others in a warm but appropriate way.

Auld Lang Syne

We all love the song that caps off the end of a holiday party. But at this party, DON’T be the last one standing, belting out holiday classics. You still have to show up at work the next morning, all merry and bright!

Happy Holidays & Have Fun!