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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 >

3 Takeaways From Romney's Video Gaffe

Earlier this week, Mitt Romney had some explaining to do when a video surfaced of him of speaking at a private fundraiser this past May, saying that 47 percent of Americans "are dependent upon government, believe they are victims, believe the government has a responsibility to take care of them, believe they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it … These are people who pay no income tax … and so my job is not to worry about those people. Read More >

Showing Communication Skills: The Proof is in the Details

--By Marnie Consky All MBA-level jobs require you to have strong communication skills. Aside from singing your praises in your resume and cover letter, it's even more important to demonstrate those communication skills in instances where recruiters and hiring managers are paying attention. Outside of the obvious networking sessions and interviews, here are some situations where small details count: Voice mail: ensure that your voice mail message sounds professional. Read More >

To Quit or Not to Quit: Knowing When to Move On

Knowing when to move on from one job to another is tough and a decision that remains one of the most personal decisions you can make. Jobs mean money; they mean security and the ability to pay your bills, to eat, to sleep indoors. While the necessity of jobs is unquestionable--outside of winning the lottery or coming from royalty--their fit, on the other hand, isn't. But knowing which questions to ask yourself about your job, and how to decipher the results, is not an easy task. Read More >

Which Wall Street Bank Treats Its Employees Best?

In Vault's 2012 Banking Survey, along with prestige, 3,500 banking professionals were asked to rate their own firms on a scale of 1 to 10 in several quality of life categories, including compensation, benefits, hours, work/life balance, international opportunities, training, overall job satisfaction, and business outlook, among others. Vault averaged the scores for each firm in each category and ranked the top 20 firms. Read More >

Goldman Sachs Named Most Prestigious in Vault Rankings

Approximately 3,500 investment banking professionals took the annual Vault Banking Survey this past spring. During the survey, professionals were asked to rate investment banks on a scale of 1 to 10 based on prestige (they were unable to rate their own firm, and were asked only to rate firms with which they were familiar). And for the 13th straight year, banking professionals named Goldman Sachs the most prestigious bank in North America. Professionals also named Goldman No. Read More >

The Art of the Thank-You Note

The days following an interview can be full of stress. You replay each part of the conversation in your head, second-guess your choice of outfit and constantly check your phone for missed calls. (Wait, are we talking about a first date or an interview here?) While the three-day rule of asking for a second date doesn't apply, it's important to follow up appropriately with your interviewer. A handwritten thank-you note isn't necessary-and might even arrive too late. Read More >

Interviewing for Judicial Clerkships

This is the third in a series of posts for Vault by Steven Feldman on judicial clerkships. In my last post, I went through the nuts and bolts of applying for clerkships. Hopefully, your hard work will result in an interview. Here, I go through the most important tips for a successful clerkship interview. A clerkship interview with a judge is more intense than a typical large law firm interview. Read More >

People Skills, Hacked: 3 Tricks from Apple Geniuses

Oh, Apple Geniuses. You just thought they were knowledgeable and helpful. Turns out, the warm, fuzzy feelings you have as you walk out--with your $600 in purchases-isn't just a product of their natural awesomeness: it's painstakingly studied customer-service skills. Gizmodo recently leaked parts of the Apple "Genius Training Manual"… which reads like a cross between a Pysch 101 textbook and Jedi Mind Tricks for Dummies. Read More >

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