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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 >

5 Essential Project Management Skills for Your Resume

Most companies will need to meet various business goals and objectives at any one time. The most common approach is to group related activities into distinct or related projects. It is crucial that these projects are planned and managed successfully, the value of project management should never be underestimated.  Whether you are preparing an event, building a website or constructing a building, project management is a critical function that every business will come across at some point. Read More >

Why Negotiation is a Crucial Career Skill

When we think of the skills necessary to be successful in business there are quite a few things that come to mind. Maintaining good business relations, the ability to make tough decisions quickly, maybe even organization all come to mind. Although all of these traits are extremely important to keeping a business in the green, many people tend to forget another critical business skill: negotiation. 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 >

The Best Consulting Firms in Europe, 2016

I'm delighted to announce that the Vault's 2016 European Consulting Rankings are now live! Marking our final set of consulting rankings for the year-we released North America and Asia-Pacific in August and September respectively -it's wonderful to be able to report that all three rankings were based on significantly higher survey responses than in previous years, from a higher number of participating firms than ever before. 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 >

Newsflash: Your Cover Letter Doesn't Matter

Is crafting the perfect cover letter worth the time and effort you put into it? Not according to research conducted by the Addison Group, which surveyed hiring managers about the factors that are most important to them when assessing candidates. According to that research, just 18%  rank cover letters-or their equally antiquated cousin the thank you note-as important parts in assessing potential candidates. 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 >

10 Tips for Answering Business Case Questions Successfully

Landing a job in the consulting industry generally means that you're going to have to sit through any number of case interviews. The following tips are excerpted from Vault's recently-updated Guide to the Case Interview, which features many more practical tips, as well as real-life interview examples from the likes of BCG, McKinsey, A.T. Kearney and more. 1. Take Notes As your interviewer presents your case, be sure to take careful notes on the numbers or other facts given. Read More >


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