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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 >

4 Reasons You Should (Still!) Take an Internship

Internships have been in the spotlight a lot lately, but for all the wrong reasons: unhappy interns. It's not a new story-interns have long gone unpaid, unthanked, and sent on one too many coffee runs. But a recent slew of class action suits raises the question: where does opportunity end and exploitation begin? Though it's up to the courts to decide what's fair labor in the realm of interning, you should know that not all unpaid gigs are equal. Read More >

Interview Like a Two-Term President

Although it's impossible to point to a single moment when Barack Obama jumped out in front of Mitt Romney during the presidential race, never to look back, I'd argue that that moment occurred during the third presidential debate, supposedly focused on foreign policy. Read More >

How My Liberal Arts Degree Paved the Way for a Consulting Career

As recruiting season kicks off, I remember back to two years ago when I was just beginning the interview process as a Dartmouth senior. Studying for a degree in History and Geography, I had enjoyed my liberal arts coursework, but was interested in pursuing a consulting career post-graduation. I wanted to quickly gain a variety of business skills and get broad exposure to several different industries rather than committing to one before knowing what I was actually passionate about. Read More >

The "Detial Oriented" Need Not Apply

All applicants say they're detail-oriented; I just make my employees prove it," says Kyle Wiens. As the CEO of a software company who hires "code monkeys" (programmers), it makes sense that he'd need conscientious workers. But Wiens has an unusual way of making sure new hires are competent: he gives them a grammar test. Seem unrelated to coding work? Wiens doesn't think so. He explains this practice in Harvard Business Review: "I hire people who care about those details. Read More >

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. They're also the types of questions that can make or break an interview. Which means you better know how to prepare for them as well as how to nail them. To that end, the first rule of guesstimates and brainteasers is there are two types of wrong answers: the random guess and giving up. Read More >

Do's and Don'ts for the Consulting Interview

The search for a job, whether you're coming out of college or a senior executive, is never easy.  It is a venture into the unknown, and that can be scary and daunting. But fret not! While a healthy respect for the interview process should always be maintained, there are some tips that can help make your day go much more smoothly.    Make a solid introduction As my parents always said on the first day of school, "you only have one chance to make a first impression! Read More >

3 Interview Tips From Johnny Ramone

You might be surprised to learn that the late Johnny Ramone of the legendary band the Ramones was a raving Republican*. You might also be surprised to learn that Johnny preferred milk and cookies to drugs and alcohol, and watching ESPN SportsCenter to cavorting with groupies. Read More >

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