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Category: Consulting

Case Interviews: The Dangers of Too Much Practice

This is the second in a series of posts for Vault by Nick Waugh and Kenton Kivestu on preparing for the upcoming consulting recruitment cycle. Check in for a new interview-related post each Monday until August 27th, when we will be launching the 2013 edition of the Vault Consulting 50, which will feature insider information-including tips and sample interview question-from thousands of practicing consultants at the most prestigious consulting firms in the world. Read More >

3 Tips for Cracking the Case Interview

When it comes to interviewing, practice may not always make perfect, but it can certainly increase your chances of getting the job. That's especially true for case interviews-an interviewing technique that is pretty much mandatory in the consulting industry, and catching on in other industries too. While many candidates spend hours practicing their answers to questions such as "tell me about your biggest weakness," it can be tempting to overlook case interview preparation. Read More >

What Makes a Company a Great Place to Work?

Here at Vault, we've long been aware that, when it comes to choosing a place to work, money isn't the most important factor: firm culture is.* (The reason we know this: our annual surveys of employees at leading professional services firms around the world.) That raises an obvious question: if firm culture is so important to employees, what makes a great culture? Read More >

The 2012 Vault Consulting Rankings for Europe and Asia are H

The 2012 Vault Consulting Rankings for Europe and Asia are Here!   It's shaping up to be a good year for McKinsey. Not only is the firm the world's most prestigious consulting outfit, it has also emerged as the Best Consulting Firm to Work For in both the 2012 Vault Consulting 25 Europe and the Vault Consulting 25 Asia rankings. Read More >

Do's and Don'ts for Career Resolutions

I know, I know: another piece on resolutions. By this point in the fledgling year, you're probably as sick of hearing the "r" word as you would be if someone piled everything you consumed throughout the holidays onto a table-or tables-in front of you and handed you a fork. But trust me-you really can fit just one more in. Because it turns out that big resolutions really do help people to meet their goals. Read More >

Announcing the Consulting 2012 Quality of Life Rankings

More than ever before, consultants are looking beyond prestige when determining their future place of employment.  Today, firm culture, compensation, both formal and informal training, and various other Quality of Life factors are becoming equally, if not more important, than a name brand. This was the basis behind the recently released Vault Consulting 50 Rankings, which combined both prestige and quality of life to determine the best firm to work for. Read More >

A Decade of Dominance for McKinsey & Company in Vault Consul is continuing its Consulting Week celebration today with the release of its annual Consulting Prestige Rankings for 2012 and while yesterday's rankings went beyond prestige, today's rankings are all about name value. Yes, quality of life matters to a lot of jobseekers, but many still want to work for the most prestigious firm.  And when it comes to prestige, they don't come any better than McKinsey & Company. Read More >

Important Checklist for Work Travel

by Kristine Schoonmaker, MyConsultingLife.ComLearning how to pack for a week away may be the one of the biggest adjustments for those new to the travel scene.  One thing you'll learn very quickly is that checking bags is never high on the list.  You lose way too much time dropping off and picking up.  Besides, who can afford the risk of lost luggage and having nothing to wear to your client? Read More >

Consulting Week Kicks Off With Unveiling of the 2012 Vault C

Consultants are having their voices heard and as Vault celebrates Consulting Week, those voices are letting us know that prestige is only a small percentage of what they look for when searching for a job. For the second straight year, survey responders have made it clear that quality of life concerns far out rank the name and the size of a firm.  The beneficiary of this declaration is once again Bain & Company. Read More >

10 Things NOT To Do in a Project Interview

by Kristine Schoonmaker, MyConsultingLife.ComInterviews can be nerve-wracking, especially when what's at stake is a role for you and a new project for your firm.  During the proposal process clients often want to meet the prospective team, or at least the key members, before they make their final decision.  And it's understandable.  If you were going to pay someone even $50,000 for a project, never mind millions, wouldn't you? Read More >


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