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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 >

Risky Business: 3 Interview Gambles That Pay Off

The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) posed a question to its members: "What types of things should job seekers include in their resumes if they're trying to get hired by a successful startup?" The invite-only nonprofit (made up of young entrepreneurs) got a lot of great answers from small business owners on what they'd like to see-but what about a big company? How can you be bold enough to be noticed without being offensive? Read More >

How the Presidential Debate Can Make You a Better Interviewer

Have an interview coming up? You might want to re-watch last night's presidential debate for some pointers. No, I'm not suggesting that you talk over the person asking you questions (like one candidate) or show up looking like you could use a nap (like the other candidate). But listen closely to each question, and at the end of the candidate's response, ask yourself: are we now on an entirely different topic? Read More >

What It Takes to Join a Top Wall Street Bank

With the application process for full-time and summer investment banking internships now underway, you might be asking yourself: What makes a successful candidate? To join any line of business at a top Wall Street firm, it's perhaps most important to demonstrate a deep interest in the financial industry, personal drive, and the ability to learn quickly. It's also important to demonstrate your capability to be entrepreneurial and motivated. Read More >

The Vault Tech Consulting Rankings Are Here!

From helping major organizations implement cloud-based data storage solutions to working on software to ensure that the government can keep running, tech consultants perform some of the most vital work in the economy today-and for very little recognition. While those with strong tech skills have remained in demand throughout the recession and on into the recovery, it's an industry whose stability is often overstated-at least from an employee's perspective. Read More >

Impress the Receptionist: 5 Tips for Your Next Interview

The Wall Street Journal's blog "The Receptionist Is Watching You" very provocatively opens with the following tip: "Want that job? Better be nice to the receptionist." As a former admin, I can tell you the rumors are true: hierarchy doesn't dictate closeness within a company, and the CEO is as likely to ask his front desk person to weigh in on a potential new hire as another associate. But that doesn't mean that kissing up to reception will get you good reviews. Read More >

Vault's Asia Pacific Consulting Rankings Are Here!

In an increasingly global economy, businesses have fewer boundaries than ever before, and must go where the opportunities are in order to survive, compete and grow. The rising importance of the Asia Pacific region is no secret-China and Japan boast the second- and third- largest economies in the world, with China expected to become the world's leading economic power sometime in the next two decades. With that reality in mind, Vault. Read More >

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