Derek Loosvelt

Derek Loosvelt is Vault's senior finance editor. Derek has a BS in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in creative writing from the New School. His writing has appeared in several online and print publications. Previously, he worked in investment banking as an M&A analyst and associate.


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How to Be a Professional and Not Just an Employee

by Derek Loosvelt  |  November 20, 2017

While some people think professionalism and being a professional is a state of mind, I say it's more about action: the things you do make you a professional, not the things you are. And here, below, are some of the basic things that true professionals do, in pretty much any industry, that set them apart from even their hardest-working colleagues. Read More >

10 Things Men Should Never Wear to an Interview

by Derek Loosvelt  |  November 13, 2017

Two weeks ago, we posted a blog including a handful of interview-attire don'ts that were geared toward women. Today, we shift our focus to men. Here, below, are two handfuls of things men should never wear to an interview. 1. Unusual-color suits Gone are the days when men 100-percent absolutely have to interview in a blue or gray suit with a blue or white shirt, conservative tie, and black or brown leather shoes. Read More >

5 Tips for Reporting Sexual Harassment at Work

by Derek Loosvelt  |  November 10, 2017

In the below video, Claire Dawson, an employment-law attorney in the U.K., offers several tips for anyone who believes they've been a victim of workplace sexual harassment. The tips focus on how to go about reporting harassment and how to get support if your mental or physical health have been affected. Although the video was produced a few years ago, it's perhaps never been more relevant than it is today. Here's some of the advice that Dawson covers: Read More >

When English Majors Earn More Than Engineers

by Derek Loosvelt  |  November 07, 2017

It's commonly thought that if you major in a so-called STEM area (science, technology, engineering, math), then you're nearly assured of landing gainful employment upon graduation. And that if you do very well in one these majors, and go to a highly prestigious school, then you're more or less assured of receiving gainful employment with a very prestigious employer, perhaps even with one of the "Frightful Five" (Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Face Read More >

The Single Most Revealing Interview Question

by Derek Loosvelt  |  November 01, 2017

Last week, Adam Bryant wrote his final Corner Office column for the New York Times. And I was sad to hear it was his last. Bryant's weekly interviews with CEOs (which I pointed to often during the past few years, such as Read More >

How to Answer the 3 Types of Tech Interview Questions

by Derek Loosvelt  |  October 26, 2017

Kevin Dolan, the chief technology officer of Metric Collective, knows a thing or two about tech interviews. Dolan has been on both sides of the interview table dozens of times, and so he knows about both the common pitfalls and best answers when it comes to interviewing for top tech positions. In the video below, Dolan discusses how to nail the three types of tech interviews, which he breaks down as follows: 1. Quizzes These are questions about specific tech concepts and general computer... Read More >

3 Tips for Students from D.J. D-Sol (a.k.a. Goldman Sachs Co-COO David Solomon)

by Derek Loosvelt  |  October 25, 2017

In a recent Exchanges at Goldman Sachs podcast, Goldman president and co-COO David Solomon offers some rather helpful advice for college students. Solomon, who in addition to his Goldman duties spins music in Miami and the Bahamas under the stage name D.J. D-Sol, went to Hamilton College, a small liberal arts college in Clinton, N.Y., about Read More >

Do Psychopaths Make Good Hedge Fund Managers?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  October 24, 2017

Although corporate psychopaths tend to get promoted more often than their peers, they don't make better investment decisions. According to a study of 101 hedge fund managers by psychology professors from the University of Denver and Cal Berkeley, psychopathic traits (lack of empathy, lack of a cons Read More >

Can Growing Up Without Money Make You a Better Entrepreneur?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  October 23, 2017

It can be difficult to know what to say and what not to say in an interview. For example, do you tell your interviewer about that business you had your freshman year in college in which you made a couple grand manufacturing fake IDs, selling them at premium to ex-boarding school kids, only to be shut down by the local bar after one too many guys came through its doors from the same street in Mill Valley, California? Conventional thinking would say that this is probably one of those... Read More >

Why Do Corporate Psychopaths Get Promoted More Often Than Their Colleagues?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  October 18, 2017

Clive Boddy, a professor of leadership and organizational behavior at London's Middlesex University Business School, knows a thing or two about corporate psychopaths and bullies. Boddy has extensively studied the unfortunate frequency and traits of psychopaths and bullies, and he himself has been bullied by a corporate psychopath at work. According to Boddy (and the psychologists he's spoken to in the course of his research), these are the main characteristics of corporate... Read More >

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