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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 >

7 Interview Questions You Need to Nail to Work in Wealth Management

With banks like Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse focusing more and more on wealth management as opposed to traditional investment banking, jobs in wealth management (also known as private banking or private wealth management) are becoming more and more prestigious and lucrative. As for interviews at most wealth management firms (or at units of bigger banks), you should expect to receive thoughtful, structured questions and expect that your answers will be scrutinized carefully. Read More >

11 Interview Questions Private Equity Firms Ask (and How to Answer Them)

Although the interview process in private equity varies by firm, all applicants will participate in a "fit" interview. In these, you will answer questions about your background or experience, and the hiring manager assesses your credentials and personality to see if you are a good match for the firm. Some firms also ask candidates to complete a paper LBO or walk through a case study. Read More >

What Hedge Fund Managers Really Do All Day

Today, there are more than 8,900 hedge fund firms in the world. Many firms have fewer than five employees, and even the largest firms typically have only between 200 and 1,000 employees. Bridgewater Associates, for example, has the most assets under management of any hedge fund, but it only employs 1,500 people. J.P. Morgan Asset Management, ranked second in assets under management, employs less than 1,000 investment professionals. Read More >

How to Land a Private Equity Job

Landing a private equity job might not be as difficult as running a four-minute mile or swimming across the English Channel, but it can be quite a formidable challenge. To many who love finance (and large paychecks), a private equity position is a dream job. And the majority of PE firms only hire when they're fundraising or otherwise expanding. Read More >

50 Best Banking Firms to Work For

Follow me on Twitter. Read More:Thanks to Goldman, Wall Street Work-Life Balance Is Better Than EverIs Wall Street Getting Less Diverse? Read More >

Is Wall Street Getting Less Diverse?

Recently, I wrote about the improving work/life balance and work hours on Wall Street. To recap: based on Vault's latest Banking Survey of 3,000 investment banking professionals, respondents rated their work/life balance and satisfaction with respect to work hours much better than they did last year. In fact, nearly across the board, in 19 of 20 quality of life categories in which we asked bankers to rate their own firms, scores were higher this year versus last. Read More >

What We Brag About When We Brag About Long Hours

I have a friend who's a serial entrepreneur and whose latest entrepreneurial venture, his tenth or eleventh, has proven to be "the charm." Previously, he ran businesses in real estate, apparel, and hospitality; some of which did well, while others went bust quickly. But his latest, in health and wellness, has made him a millionaire. That is, now, for the first time in his career, he's earning north of $1 million a year. Read More >

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