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2014 "You're Hired" Interview Competition - Sponsored by Scotiabank

2014 "You're Hired" Interview Competition

All students from the Undergraduate and Graduate Business Programs Commerce are welcome to register and participate in the next “You’re Hired” Interview Competition, sponsored by Scotiabank

Your participation in the “You’re Hired” Interview Competition will provide the following benefits:

  • Development of your written communication skills (profiles, resumes and cover letters)       
  • Development of your oral communication skills (elevator pitches and interviewing)
  • The opportunity to network with employers
  • The prospect of employment with Scotiabank
  • A chance to win the Dr. Sunny Marche Memorial Award of $1,000 cash.

Your participation

To determine the top two finalists, participating students will be shortlisted through three sections of the competition.

Round 1: Resume and Cover Letter Scoring

Participating students will be provided with a mock job description to develop a tailored resume and cover letter. Students must submit their completed resume and cover letter to be entered in the competition. All applications will be scored with the top 16 students moving on to Round 2.

Round 2: Elevator Pitches and Mock Interview Scoring

On Tuesday, February 25, 2014 the selected 16 students will present a 1-minute elevator pitch to a panel of employer partners. Each student’s elevator-pitch will be scored. Following the elevator pitches, our employer partners will serve as mock interviewers. Using the same interview questions, each student will have a 15-minute interview, which will also be scored. One student with the highest score will move on to Round 3, the final stage of the competition.

Round 3: Live Interview Competition

On Friday, February 28, 2014 the top three finalists (2 from Dalhousie and 1 from the Sobey School of Business, SMU) will be interviewed by a panel of judges in front of a live audience. To engage and educate the audience about the interview process, the judge’s notes will be projected behind the student as they are being interviewed. Each interview will be scored to determine the winner.

The prizes

The student who wins 1st place will be honoured with the Dr. Sunny Marche Memorial Award of $1,000 cash.
2nd Place - $500
3rd Place - $250

How to register?

In order to participate in the “You’re Hired” Interview Competition, students must submit their registration form [PDF] with the following information to by Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 12:00pm Noon.

  1. Attached Registration Form: Your name, program, year of study and your BannerID number.
  2. Submit your resume and cover letter in a single PDF document. Please use the subject line: ‘Interview Competition’. Please use the job description for Associate Commercial Banking [PNG] in writing your cover letter and resume.

WATCH THE FINALS: "You're Hired" Interview Competition

DATE:  Friday, February 28, 2014 LOCATION:    Room 1101, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building

2013 RMA Credit Risk Case Competition


Team Coyne from Dalhousie University Rowe School of Business

Chris McKenney, Becky Fiander, Jason Reid, Mary-Eleanor Walker


Second place winners Saint Mary’s University
Sobey School of Business

 Jason Nicholls, Jenn MacHattie, Nathan Dennison, Richard Flynn


Third place winners University of Toronto
Rotman School of Business

Rex Yeh, Colin Gray, Alan Kelly, Aswani Pulipake

For information on the 2014 competition go HERE 

Congratulations, Team Coyne of Dalhousie's Rowe School of Business

for capturing first place and $10,000 of prize money at the
2013 RMA Sobey Risk Management Case Competition! 

“This has been a phenomenal learning experience,” says Mary-Eleanor Walker, on behalf of Team Coyne, the group of four Dalhousie University MBA students who took the $10,000 first prize.

The $5000 second place winner was Team Dodge from Saint Mary's University Sobey School of Business and third place winners from the Rotman School of Business at University of Toronto split a $3000 prize.

“Teams really demonstrated an impressive grasp of the nuances of financial risk analysis. They demonstrated insight and creativity in applying the tools they’d learned,” stated Ross Backman, a manager with RBC and member of the organizing committee.

The competition was hosted by the Risk Management Association and the Sobey School of Business, and was designed to offer students an opportunity to practice business analysis and financial risk assessment skills they’ve learned. Eight teams competed, including teams from Queens, University of Toronto, Wilfred Laurier, and Dalhousie University.

“Active learning is a key to developing skilled leaders. It was interesting to note not just their financial prowess, but the softer skills students demonstrated,” noted Patricia Bradshaw, dean of the Sobey School of Business. “The eye contacts, the handshakes, the presentation skills, the confidence. We are so proud to have an opportunity to build this bridge between students and industry.”

The competition gave teams a limited time to analyze a case and prepare a presentation to industry judges. The judges cross-examined each team. The top four teams took part in a final ‘crisis round’ in which they had 10 minutes to prepare a response to a second challenge.

Judges for the competition were drawn from the banking and risk management industry. The event was sponsored by Scotiabank, BMO, CIBC, HSBC, RBC and TD Bank Financial Group.

Risk management is a growing field, with many interesting challenges, David McLeod, another organizer and a manager with CIBC, told the students at the wrap up. “I hope I will be seeing many of you young professionals at recruiting events.”

Interested in Participating in 2014? Please contact:

Shawn Swallow, CHRP

Manager, Career Services

Graduate Programs

Sobey School of Business

Saint Mary’s University

Phone: 902.491.6238