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Can Companies Save Money By Paying Their Employees More Money?

Have you ever wondered why Trader Joe's employees are always so cheerful and helpful? If so, here's New Yorker financial columnist James Surowiecki with the answer: A substantial body of research suggests that it can make sense to pay above-market wages-economists call them "efficiency wages." If you pay people better, they are more likely to stay, which saves money. Read More >

Take the PLAT (Parental Leave Aptitude Test)

Last week, in his latest State of the Union Address, President Obama noted that the U.S. is just one of a few industrial nations in the world without laws mandating paid parental leave for employees. This had me wondering: Which are the other two countries that don't mandate paid leave to parents? Which countries offer the most paid leave? And which companies here in the U.S. Read More >

49 Interview Questions Top Accounting Firms Ask

Since December, Vault has been asking accounting professionals across the U.S. to tell us what it's like to work for their firms. So far, we've surveyed about 6,000 accounting professionals, and one of the questions we've been asking has to do with interviews. Specifically, we've been asking accountants to tell us the questions that they were asked during interviews with their firms. And, to that end, below you'll find 49 common interview questions that top accounting firms ask. Read More >

Yahoo Chairman Maynard Webb to Job Candidates: "Dudes, Where's Your Self-Awareness?"

When Yahoo Chairman Maynard Webb interviews you, he doesn't just probe your past for things like extracurricular activities, teamwork skills, and ability to overcome difficult situations; he also wants to get a sense of your level of "self-awareness" and "openness." In fact, here's a two-part question Webb uses while probing prospective employees: "Six months from now, we're going to know each other very well. What will your team and what will I say that you do really, really well? Read More >

10 Biggest Workplace Stories of 2014

It was the year of distressed babies, flash boys, and underpaid women. It was the year of frozen eggs, racist statements, income inequality, and the openly gay CEO. It was the year that Wall Street got soft, and the year that an unknown schoolteacher in China who hatched a company in his tiny apartment became a multi-billionaire in the largest IPO in history. It was 2014. And here are your 10 biggest workplace stories of the year. 10. Read More >

Medical Marijuana Is Coming to NYC—and Needs Finance, Legal, and Health Care Talent

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to speak with Ari Hoffnung, a former Wall Street banker turned public servant turned medical cannabis entrepreneur. For more than a decade, Hoffnung worked at Bear Stearns, where he was a managing director. Not long after Bear imploded in 2008, Hoffnung went to work for the City of New York as deputy comptroller. Read More >

The Most Powerful Woman in the World and the Science of Her Success

One of the most interesting details packed into the recent 15,000-word New Yorker profile of German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the fact that Merkel, widely considered to be the most powerful woman in the world, studied physics and earned her doctorate in quantum chemistry. This scientific background of Merkel's interested me so much that it led me to research the academic and work experience of the 43 men who've served as President of the United States. Read More >

What's Your Job Like? Tax Professional, Deloitte

Ever wondered what life inside a major firm is like? Here, Deloitte's Heather Reiter--a New Jersey native--gives us a glimpse of her career to date, as well as her day-to-day life as Manager in Deloitte's Tax Management Consulting practice in Belgium. Read More >

What the New York Times Failed to Mention About Goldman Sachs' Tech Employees

Last week, the New York Times published an article entitled "Goldman Sachs Recasts Its Reputation to Woo Tech Talent. Read More >

Internship Candidates Care More About Pay Than Career Advancement

With 40 percent of all entry-level full-time hires now being sourced from internship programs, you'd think that the most important factor to college students when choosing an internship would be full-time employment prospects. But that isn't the case at all. In fact, the two most important factors to students are these: location and pay. Earlier this year, Vault administered its annual Internship Experience Survey to 5,800 interns at 100 different internship programs. Read More >

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