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One Interview Question You Should Definitely Ask

Standard advice about interviewing at companies decrees that you should always do your research in advance, and come armed with a few pertinent questions on the firm's business model, goals, and the like. It also decrees that you should save questions pertaining to compensation, perks and benefits for at least a second round interview. Read More >

Training: Coming Soon to a Workplace Near You!

Question: what recipe can you make with the following ingredients?  A record number of employees approaching retirement age in the next handful of years. A bunch of companies whose workforces were hollowed out by layoffs in the recent past, leaving them with record cash reserves, but struggling for battle-tested, promotable talent to meet future needs. Students graduating from college lacking the skills to hit the ground running in their careers. Read More >

McKinsey Uncovered: Has the Firm Earned Its Reputation?

For as long as it has existed, the consulting industry has been plagued by one major question: does it-and by extension the consultants it employs-actually create any value for its clients?  That question is at the core of The Firm, a new book by journalist Duff McDonald, which examines, as its subtitle proclaims, "the story of McKinsey and its secret influence on American business. Read More >

Vault's 2014 Europe Consulting Rankings Are Here!

We are proud to announce that the 2014 Vault European Consulting Rankings are here-and that this year's edition comes with a unique achievement.  For the first time, one firm has taken the top spot in both our Top Consulting Firm and our Prestige rankings in all three regions covered by our survey. In emerging at the top of both of our signature rankings, McKinsey & Co. Read More >

The Top Consulting Firm in Asia-Pacific Is...

We are delighted to announce that the Vault 2014 Asia Pacific Consulting Rankings are here! As a region that is home to around two-thirds of the world's population, and a number of rapidly developing economies, Asia-Pacific is key to the future of the global economy. Read More >

Vault's 2014 Consulting Rankings are Here!

Having spent much of the past few years under the same kind of financial stresses as its clients, there are signs that the consulting industry is getting back to being a growth industry. Read More >

Do the PRISM Leaks Spell Trouble for the Consulting Industry?

If you're in the business of providing services that require your employees to hold security clearances, there are two things that you definitely don't want to happen: for a leak to come from one of your contractors; and for the leaker to come forward and draw attention to themselves and your company. Read More >

Cracking the Case Question: Advice from the World's Best

Case questions are a critical part of preparing for life as a consultant-not only are they a major component of the course load at many MBA programs, they are often used as a means of testing job candidates at the interview stage. Being able to quickly and efficiently handle a case question, then, is critical. Read More >

Is Yahoo Right to Ban Working From Home?

Is working from home a good idea? Opinions on the subject tend to be fairly starkly divided: people usually either love the idea, or profoundly mistrust it. And the reasons for belonging to either camp are fairly well mapped-out too. Those in the "for" group tend to believe that the freedom to work in comfortable surroundings makes them more productive, and gives them the ability to better balance their work and personal lives. Read More >

Future-proof Your Career

If you want to future-proof your career, it helps to know two things: what skills businesses are likely to need in the coming years; and how HR professionals are anticipating meeting those needs.  While we've looked at the first part of that equation recently (hint: tech skills will be useful), a new report from Accenture goes some way towards addressing the second part of it-and it has some potentially wide-reaching implications for job seekers. Read More >

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