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Are the Class of 2016 Prepared for Reality?

For the past few years, the folks at Accenture have been conducting a survey that polls 2 groups of people: college seniors, on their expectations when entering the workforce; and members of the last 2 graduating classes, on what they've actually experienced out in the real world. The results are usually illuminating, and this year's report is no different. Read More >

2016 Was Our Best Consulting Survey Ever!

Those of you who work in consulting can finally rest easy: you won't be receiving any more emails asking you to participate in our consulting survey this year--we closed it out for the year yesterday, and will shortly begin the hard work of reading and collating all 17,000+ responses in time for the rollout of our 2017 rankings this fall. Read More >

Should You Get Your MBA in Europe?

There's an interesting post over on Quartz today about a growing trend of US students heading across the pond to get their MBAs in Europe. The reason? Well, there are 3 of them covered in the article: 1) Favorable exchange rates mean that your dollar buys more Euro or Pound-denominated education than it did a couple of years ago. 2) Many European programs are 1-year rather than 2, which reduces both lifestyle (residence, food, etc.) and opportunity costs. Read More >

25 Financial Consulting Interview Questions

Got an interview with a consulting firm that specializes in financial consulting? Or thinking about applying for a position with one? Either way, you'll probably want some idea of what you're likely to be asked in the interview. Good news: we've got you covered, with sample questions from people who have either recently been through the process with the top firms in the financial consulting field, or who conduct interviews for their firms. Read More >

10 Tips for Answering Consulting Case Questions Successfully

If you're interested in a career in the consulting industry, the case interview is an unavoidable fact of life: at some point, you're going to have to prove that you have the ability to break down a business problem on the fly. And even if you've got your methodologies down pat, it's possible to mess up the basics in a pressure situation. Here are a handful of tips-excerpted from the 2015 edition of Vault's  Guide to the Case Interview-that will help to keep you focused. 1. Read More >

19 Economic Consulting Interview Questions

As I mentioned last week, I've been digging out some consulting interview questions by practice area, from the data in our annual consulting survey. (Last week's post featured 47 questions for would-be tech consultants.)  This week, I thought I'd bring you some of the questions that folks who work as economic consultants have faced (or ask), so if that's your field, read on. Read More >

47 Questions the Top Tech Consulting Firms Ask

Being prepared for an interview in the consulting industry means more than just brushing up on your pat answers to a couple of behavioral questions, and arriving armed with multiple copies of your resume. Fortunately, we've got you covered: each year, as part of the annual Vault Consulting Survey, we ask consultants-many of whom are recruiters-to give us examples of the kinds of questions an interviewee at their firm is likely to face. Read More >

What Makes Big 3 Consultants Different?

The question of why you would choose one firm over another as an employer is something that greatly interests us here at Vault-so much so, that we put the question into our annual consulting industry survey, so that we can find out what makes consultants tick. Read More >

Warren Buffett is Upbeat on the Economy. Here's Why.

"For 240 years it's been a terrible mistake to bet against America, and now is no time to start. America's golden goose of commerce and innovation will continue to lay more and larger eggs. America's social security promises will be honored and perhaps made more generous. And, yes, America's kids will live far better than their parents did. Read More >

Are Long Hours Good for Your Career?

"I often refer to the series Mad Men, taking place in the '60s, where they're drinking and smoking in the office. And you think, 'What are you doing? You're at work!' But we're doing the exact same thing right now. We're showing up just as bad, in terms of performance. We're not nearly having as much fun, though. Read More >

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