Phil Stott

Phil Stott

Phil Stott is a Vault Editor. Since joining Vault in 2007, he has covered a variety of industries including consulting, consumer products and technology. He is also well-versed in general career issues, having worked in a variety of fields including freelance journalism, consumer banking, English language teaching, soccer coaching and more. Originally from Scotland, he holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Modern History and a Masters in Research in Civil Engineering. 

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Is Facebook a Career Liability?

by Phil Stott  |  March 20, 2018

"You should delete Facebook." "Why you shouldn't delete Facebook." "Should you delete Facebook?" All of those are actual headlines that have flashed across my computer screen at some point in the last few days, and they raise real questions about our digital lives-questions that go far beyond the usual career-related concerns we typically cover here (in a nutshell: protecting your feed and not posting stuff that will give recruiters an excuse to write you off). Rather, the details now... Read More >

How to Run an Effective Meeting

by Phil Stott  |  March 13, 2018

Have you ever sat through a meeting that has no set purpose, goes nowhere, and wastes the time of pretty much everyone involved? Of course you have: that's pretty much the definition of "meeting" in many companies. But what if there were another way? Imagine a promised land where meetings didn't devolve into the loudest person grandstanding regardless of their actual knowledge or ability, or your colleagues taking jabs at one another without naming names in order to explain why thie... Read More >

The True Scale of Gender Inequality

by Phil Stott  |  March 08, 2018

It's International Women's Day*, which is something that sounds like it should be a holiday. I mean, McDonald's has flipped its golden arches for the occasion, so it's got to be something positive, right? As noted in a company statement, McDonald's chief diversity officer Wendy Lewis explained that the company wanted to honor "the extraordinary accomplishments of women everywhere and especially in our restaurants. Fro Read More >

"All You Need is Interest": How One Consulting Firm Turns Students into Software Developers

by Phil Stott  |  March 05, 2018

Allen Tuggle has been a Software Engineer for 20 years. Since 2016, he has been working for Excella where, among his responsibilities, he mentors the next generation of developers at the firm. We've previously covered Excella's mentorship program and Extension Center here on Vault, and were excited to learn more about Allen's role, and to get his perspective on how Excella's program for new developers helps the firm to attract, train and retain talent fo Read More >

How to Answer Questions About Your Resume Gap

by Phil Stott  |  February 28, 2018

If you have a gap on your resume, there's a good chance that you'll be asked about it in a job interview-which means that nailing down your answer before you show up is a good idea. While there are lots of reasons why you might have a gap on your resume, they tend to fall into three main buckets: you quit or were laid off and couldn't find a new job right away;you were taking time out for personal and/or family reasons; or you were off doing something like traveling or working on a passion... Read More >

The Most Admired Company of India: What It's Like to Work for Infosys in the U.S.

by Phil Stott  |  February 20, 2018

Ray Banks is a business development executive at Infosys. Originally from California, he studied in Hawaii, has done missionary work in Italy, interned for companies in China and Taiwan, started his own brand of bicycles, and got his MBA at SDA Bocconi in Milan, Italy. Recently, he took the time to share his thoughts with Vault on his career, the reason he chose to intern at Infosys while getting his MBA, and his subsequent decision to join the firm full time. During my MBA I decided I... Read More >

Small Firm, International Opportunities: What's It Like to Work at Roland Berger?

by Phil Stott  |  February 19, 2018

Sage Jung is a Senior Project Manager with Roland Berger. Based in Chicago, he joined the firm full-time in 2013, following a successful summer internship in 2012 and the completion of his MBA at the University of Chicago Business School. During his time at Roland Berger, Jung has played a significant role in both internship and full-time recruiting; as such, he has a strong sense of the firm's processes from both sides of the hiring experience. Recently, he found tim Read More >

Which Countries Work the Longest Hours?

by Phil Stott  |  February 05, 2018

Are U.S. employers finally taking work-life balance seriously? Are American workers more productive on a per-hour basis than their peers in other countries? Or is there something else behind the chart below, courtesy of Statista, which demonstrates that--when it comes to the percentage of its population pulling 60+ hour weeks at work--the US is close to the bottom of the OECD list. Make no mistake: as an employee, this is a list you want your country to be at th Read More >

Ask Vault: My Recruiter Went Silent. Should I Follow Up?

by Phil Stott  |  February 01, 2018

This question comes to us via Vault's Instagram feed. If you have a question you'd like us to answer, find us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn  or by emailing Hi Vault, I got invited for an interview with a consulting firm that I want to work with ( Read More >

How to Answer: "What's Your Favorite Invention?"

by Phil Stott  |  January 26, 2018

Recruiters and interviewers will often throw out questions that are designed to test a candidate's ability to think on their feet, and ask them to make a case for something they care about on the fly. In doing so, they're looking to assess how well you can make an impromptu presentation, and also to get a sense of how deeply you think about issues in the world around you.  With that in mind, when it comes to answering a question like "what's your favorite invention?", you need to do more... Read More >

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