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What Do Young Venture Capitalists Do All Day?

Venture capitalists (and venture capital funds) are in the business of investing in young, innovative companies (often in the tech and healthcare sectors) in exchange for an equity stake that hopefully can be translated into a profit when the company goes public or is merged with or sold to another company. And so, in order to be successful, venture capitalists are always on the lookout for growth companies. This means digging down on specific data to assess opportunities. Read More >

50 Best Internships for 2016

This past summer, Vault surveyed more than 5,800 interns at 102 different intern programs. We asked current and former interns to rate and review their internships in five areas: the application process, compensation and perks, quality of life, meaningfulness of assignments and training, and full-time employment prospects. Vault also asked interns which employers have the most prestigious internships. Read More >

4 Interview Questions Venture Capital Firms Ask

Venture capital interviews aren't tricky. Generally, there are no brainteasers or case questions. A VC interview is a chance for venture capitalists to get a sense of you, the same way they do when meeting with entrepreneurs. That's how venture capitalists make investment decisions-by gut instinct. Hiring is no different. As a result, the interviews are often very personal in nature. Read More >

7 Tricky Interview Questions Private Equity and Hedge Fund Firms Ask

Brainteasers are like standardized tests: of little relevance to the actual subject but designed to compare all people equally. As for what these tricky interview questions entail, they typically encompass probability and/or statistics. Both hedge funds and private equity firms use brainteasers during the interview process. But hedge funds use them more often because these questions test mental math skills, which are perhaps more important for hedge fund jobs than PE positions. Read More >

If You Work For a Hedge Fund, Now's the Time to Ask For a Raise

Remember a few years back when it seemed like everyone and their mother's hedge fund manager were being busted for insider trading? Well, it turns out that what those folks were doing wasn't insider trading at all. Or, rather, it was, but back then it was illegal to trade on inside information, and now it's legal. That is, sort of legal, as long as you don't know it's insider trading and/or you don't take money for handing over an inside tip. Yes, it's all very confusing. Read More >

Are Humble CEOs More Successful?

Although I've never come across a study measuring CEOs' success against their level of humility, I'd wager that there's a strong positive correlation between the two. And so, I'd wager that what this recent Wall Street Journal article points to is true: that braggart CEOs with big egos do not perform as well, nor do their staffs perform as well, as CEOs who've been schooled in the fine art of humility, and that, as a result, boards of companies are beginning to hire accordingly. Read More >

11 Essential Cover Letter Tips

Your cover letter is just as important as your resume and deserves just as much attention. It's the first correspondence read by a prospective employer, and a badly written cover letter won't get you in the door, or even your resume read. Typically, a cover letter has three short paragraphs. Each has no more than three sentences. The first paragraph is your chance to get the reader's attention. Read More >

How Your Mother's Advice Can Lead to a VC Job in Silicon Valley

All too often, those who dole out interview advice emphasize memorizing the answers to certain questions (what are your strengths? weaknesses? tell me about a time when …) at the expense of making sure you come across as a human being, which is to say making sure you allow a genuine conversation to take place as opposed to simply repeating answers you learned by rote. Because if you just do that, you risk sounding like an unemployable robot. Read More >

Career and Life Advice from Glamsquad CEO and Gilt Co-Founder

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, the subject of the latest New York Times Corner Office column, is a Harvard graduate and former investment banker turned very successful entrepreneur. She co-founded the wildly successful online discount retailer Gilt, and is now on her second venture with Glamsquad, an app that sells beauty products. Read More >

7 Networking Tips for Making Stronger Connections

Networking is all about building connections. These connections can open up opportunities, promote your personal "brand" even if you aren't actively looking for a new position, and help build life-long personal and professional friendships. Using an intelligent approach to networking, whether you're at a casual social-hour type of event or attending a conference, alumni event, or trade show, can produce the best results. Read More >


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