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One Interview Question You Should Definitely Ask

Standard advice about interviewing at companies decrees that you should always do your research in advance, and come armed with a few pertinent questions on the firm's business model, goals, and the like. It also decrees that you should save questions pertaining to compensation, perks and benefits for at least a second round interview. Read More >

Why Goldman Sachs’ New Saturdays-Off Policy Won't Work

Last week, when I clicked on the headline, "Goldman Sachs Pushes Junior Investment Bankers to Take Weekends Off," I assumed I'd be sent to a URL containing the words Comedy Central, or Funny or Die, or perhaps The Onion. Instead, to my surprise, I was taken to Bloomberg. Read More >

Training: Coming Soon to a Workplace Near You!

Question: what recipe can you make with the following ingredients?  A record number of employees approaching retirement age in the next handful of years. A bunch of companies whose workforces were hollowed out by layoffs in the recent past, leaving them with record cash reserves, but struggling for battle-tested, promotable talent to meet future needs. Students graduating from college lacking the skills to hit the ground running in their careers. Read More >

Work on the Wild Side: Lessons From the Life of Lou Reed

Lewis Allan Reed, better known as Lou Reed, the iconic front man for the legendary New York City band the Velvet Underground, passed away this week at the age of 71. During his lifetime, Reed, through his music and lyrics, built a worldwide fan base of millions of people. He also served as inspiration for at least two generations of musicians. Read More >

No More Unpaid Internships for Conde Nast

It's the end of an era: publisher Conde Nast is ending its internship program in 2014, making this batch of (unpaid) interns its last. The change has come about after two former interns sued the publisher in June 2013, but ironically, it seems that those most upset by the end of the program are the prospective interns themselves. Read More >

Q&A With Rani Nazim, a Female Executive Director at Morgan Stanley

Rani Nazim is an Executive Director in the Fixed Income Division at Morgan Stanley, where she trades investment grade bonds and credit default swaps. She has worked for Morgan Stanley for the past nine years. Recently, she sat down with Vault and answered questions concerning the current state of female diversity in investment banking, what it's like to be a woman on Wall Street, and Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In" philosophy. Below is an excerpt from that conversation. Read More >

Failing up: Career Lessons from Dilbert Creator Scott Adams

In the annals of "successful people doling out advice," the genre may have found something of a new classic text in Dilbert creator Scott Adams' Wall Street Journal piece on failing your way to the top. Read More >

Get Your Interviewer to Like You: 9 Hacks

You know it's key for your interviewer to like you, but how do you win them over? If you've ever acted super friendly only to see if fall flat, or tried being ultra-confident to a chilly reception, you'll know that one approach never fits all. The key may be to come to your interview adaptable--observant and responsive to your interviewer's cues, and ready to act (or react) accordingly. Here are a few ways you can get on their wavelength: 1. Read More >

Employer Strikes Back: When Companies Respond to Public Resignations

You've probably seen the viral video of Marina Schifrin, a video editor at Taiwan's Next Media Animation, interpretive dancing her way out of a job. Still at the office at 4:30am (!!), she made a movie of herself dancing around the office to Kanye West's "Gone" while subtitles documented her grievances. Among them? Read More >

Is Silicon Valley Just as Decadent as Washington and Wall Street?

In a recent interview with online arts and political magazine Guernica, George Packer, a staff writer for The New Yorker, talks about his latest book, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, which was published earlier this year and was inspired, in part, by "the failure of Wall Street, the failure of Washington, [and] the bottoming out of the economy. Read More >

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