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Vault's Top 10 Blogs of 2012

From The Monitor Group and Dewey & LeBoeuf bankrupcies to a simple act of ingenuity at Krispy Kreme donuts, 2012 has been a big year in career news. Revisit some of your favorite stories and advice blogs with our list of Vault's Top Read blogs of the year, 2012: 1. 6 Trickiest Interview Questions and How to Nail Them Guesstimates and brainteasers are two types of interview questions commonly asked by Wall Street firms, consulting firms, and tech firms. Read More >

5 Biggest Hiring and Firing Stories of 2012

The past year was a tumultuous one in C-suites across the country. Several scandals and billions of dollars in losses meant that many CEOs were shown the door. But there were also some bright spots at the top of org charts, most notably in the tech sector, where two women were finally given their just deserve. And in the world of politics, we watched (and salivated over) many a dogfight which, despite their lack of beauty, were never dull. Read More >

Fake It 'Til You Make It?

You know the job description--you've seen it a million times. An entry level position with a 5-year experience requirement. Or an internship citing "MUST HAVE" working knowledge of 3 kinds of software. Maybe it's a series of soft skills that's required, that you're not sure you have. Are you really detail oriented? Self starting? Good at multitasking? It can be tempting to skip applying altogether. It's a lost cause unless you're a perfect match, right? Not so fast. Read More >

Why Won't a Legal Recruiter Work with Me?

Earlier this week I received an email from a prospective candidate asking for my advice. His concerns are so ubiquitous, it prompted this blog post response. This candidate, a recent graduate of a respected law school, with good grades, law review, moot court, and a clerkship on his resume, is unemployed. In addition to the multitude of applications he submitted directly, he has also sent his resume to several recruiters, but never heard back. Read More >

3 Traits for Successful Case Interviews

The case interview is a crucial part of the hiring process in the consulting industry, and variations of it crop up in other industries as well. Read More >

Bite Off More Than You Can Chew: A Lesson from Krispy Kreme

If you haven't seen this video yet, your day is about to be made. Jia Jiang, who writes a blog called "100 Days of Rejection Therapy," had a simple mission: make an outlandish request at Krispy Kreme, and get better at hearing the word "no." Only trouble was, the woman behind the counter didn't say no. Jackie, the shift leader at her Austin, Texas branch was at first perplexed by a request for five doughnuts connected and glazed to look like Olympic rings. Read More >

Normal Gets You Nowhere: Kelly Cutrone's Interview Tips

So you've made it this far: you have been selected for a job interview in a competitive industry, with little room for error. You've done your research about the company, pressed your interview suit, and printed fresh resumes. Yet you can't help wondering if there's one more thing you could do, something to give you a competitive edge. Enter Kelly Cutrone, New York City's highly successful PR maven and reality TV star. Read More >

The (Investment Banking) Associate

Money makes the world go 'round, so it is hardly a surprise that more and more law students are drawn to interviews with investment banks. The finance industry has always been a competitive field, due in large part to the glamour and prestige assigned to the working relationships with industry titans, but what does it really mean to be an associate at an investment bank? Read More >

5 Lessons on Getting Hired from Election Night

Hoping to inspire confidence at your next interview? Look no further than the election results. If two presidential candidates could convince millions of Americans to go out of their way to vote for them, you can certainly take a page from their campaign books and win over your next boss. Here are the best notes from Tuesday's tight race: 1. Read More >

Fired from a Job? Here’s How to Talk About It

If you have been fired from your job and are interviewing for new positions, it is natural to be concerned about how a prospective employer will perceive your departure. It is important to prepare a reasonable and well-articulated explanation to help your interviews go smoothly. First, it is important to avoid making negative comments about your former employer. Read More >

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