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Vault's 2015 Consulting Rankings Are Here!

It's been quite a year for changes in the consulting industry, which is apropos for the launch of our 2015 Consulting Industry ranking-the pendulum for "Best Consulting Firm to Work For" has swung back to Bain this year, with the firm beating McKinsey to pole position by the slenderest of margins, powered by incredible performance across our individual Best to Work For categories.   Out in the industry, the biggest change is easy to identify: the deal that saw Booz & Co. Read More >

Use Those Vacation Days!

The last two weeks of August are upon us. Still not sure if you will take vacation? Thinking you might just take a long weekend instead of a full week off, because there's just too much to do? Or are you thinking, it's a slow time at the office, may as well stick around and be productive while things are quiet? Think again. Neuroscientist, musician, professor and best-selling author Daniel J. Read More >

Vacation Auto-delete for Email: Good Policy or Bad for Business?

Over on his Marginal Revolution blog, Economist Tyler Cowen reports that German auto firm Daimler has given some 100,000 employees the option to have any incoming emails auto-delete while they are on vacation. According to the FT piece cited by Cowen, "The sender is notified by the 'Mail on Holiday' assistant that the email has not been received and is invited to contact a nominated substitute instead. Employees can therefore return from their summer vacation to an empty inbox. Read More >

Goldman Sachs’ ‘Protected Saturday’ Policy Might Be Working After All

Last fall, in the wake of Goldman Sachs' announcement of its new policy preventing young bankers from working on Saturdays (unless working on a live transaction), I wrote about Why Goldman Sachs' New Saturdays-Off Policy Won't Work. Now, some nine months later, after several other banks have followed Goldman's suit and enacted their own "Protected Saturday" policies, I'm happy to report that I might've spoken too soon. Read More >

7 Things You Need to Do to Win Promotion

Promotion tends to make us think of moving up the so-called corporate ladder, but maybe we need to think about the importance of what we're doing on our level - lateral promotions. What you're doing now in your career is just as important. However, if working your way up is what you want then go for that. Just don't forget that there are other ways to show off your skills and experience. Read More >

On Campus Interview Style--Simplified

With the start of OCI, rising 2Ls are tailoring those resumes and crossing their fingers for interview slots. For those fortunate enough to land interviews, the next step after firm research and mock interviewing is to pick out an outfit. Guys--you have it easy. Dark suit, white shirt, conservative tie. Basically, look like you have it together, get a haircut and be a professional adult human. Ladies--things for you are a little more complicated, of course. Read More >

How to Answer Difficult Situational Interview Questions

The following is an excerpt from the new Vault Career Guide to Accounting.  A situational interview features questions about how you handled or would handle a job challenge. These types of questions aim to assess your problem-solving and critical-thinking skills and see how you think on your feet under stress. Situational interview questions can be difficult to answer because they can be about almost anything and you might never have encountered some of the challenges. Read More >

Brand Yourself to Advance Your Career

By now, most job seekers know that anything posted to social media is potentially available to recruiters, future employers and current bosses. In addition to adjusting their privacy settings and de-tagging pictures of themselves doing body shots on spring break to hide certain aspects of their lives, job hunters and those seeking career advancement can  use social media to create a personal brand showcasing their skills to further their career goals. Read More >

Is Harvard Worth It?

It may seem like an alternate universe in which a list of the nation's top colleges does not include Harvard in its top five, and the top two-Babson College and Webb Institute-are ones you may have never heard of. This is what Money magazine's best colleges list looks like, and the reason it is so different from traditional college rankings is the emphasis it places on tuition costs as compared to post-college earnings. Read More >

"Don't Choose this Firm!" What the Unhappiest Consultants Say About Their Companies

As we gear up for the launch of the 2014-15 Vault Consulting rankings later this month, I've been spending a lot of time with the data collected from our survey, trying to figure out what makes the top firms different from the others in the industry. The answer to that question: happy employees-and lots of them. For more than that, you'll have to check back in when we launch the rankings on August 19th! Read More >

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