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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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 >

How to Write a Resume to Beat an Automated Tracking System

by Phil Stott  |  January 24, 2018

The majority of applications for many jobs never get seen by a human. If you've ever submitted an application through a company's website, there's a strong chance that your resume was screened-and likely rejected-by an automated system. Here are some tips to help make sure that your resume makes it through in future, so that it can at least get its six seconds with a real live human. Research Keywords Imagine that you were trying to find the job you're applying for in a Google search.... Read More >

A Spotify Channel for Your MBA Studies

by Phil Stott  |  January 19, 2018

As marketing initiatives go, IESE business school has come up with something of a gem: its own Spotify channel, featuring a number of playlists that will help students-MBA or otherwise-to focus. According to a press release issued by the school, the channel currently has four playlists: "Time to (case) study", which "is ideal for students who seek concentration through the relaxed melodies of Ludovico Einaudi or Yann Tiersen, among other prestigious artists." < Read More >

Ask Vault: Is It Ethical to Take a Job While Searching for Another One?

by Phil Stott  |  January 10, 2018

In our Ask Vault feature, Vault's editors answer career-related questions and conundrums that we receive from readers. This question, which we have anonymized to protect the correspondent, reached 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 ema Read More >

The Most and Least Ethical Career Fields

by Phil Stott  |  January 09, 2018

If you want to work in a job that earns the trust and respect of your peers, you should probably choose a  career related to health care, and stay away from, uh, just about anything that involves talking about politics. Those lessons, while probably intuitive to anyone who's been paying attention to any form of media in recent years, are underlined by a recent Gallup survey that asked Americans to rate the honesty and ethical standards of a variety of professions Read More >

Will 2018 Be the Year of the Female Tech Leader?

by Phil Stott  |  December 12, 2017

As we look back over the smoking ruins of 2017, it's already clear that this year will be remembered as the one in which society as a whole was forced to begin to confront sexist behavior in the workplace, from allegations of harassment and assault to the insidious biases that hold women back in terms of career attainment and equal pay. Even clearer: the fact that the reckoning we're seeing in every field from the media and entertainment industries, to politics and-most recently-the... Read More >

4 Reasons Why You Should Skip the Office Party

by Phil Stott  |  December 05, 2017

In the wake of the ongoing wave of sexual harassment and assault revelations that are sweeping the landscape, a number of companies are considering limiting their potential exposure to future problems by scaling back on their holiday parties. Vox Media, for example, has reportedly dropped the open bar from its annual bash this year, while citing the following rationale in an email to its employees: "We recognize that even though alcohol isn't always the reason for unp Read More >

How Companies Use Interviews to Identify Your Potential

by Phil Stott  |  December 04, 2017

If you want to know what companies are looking for in the hiring process, one of the best things you can do is learn to look at the world from the perspective of the person making the hiring decision. As the following video from the Harvard Business Review shows, the qualities that companies are seeking in new hires has shifted over the years, from brawn to brains, to capabilities and-currently-to potential. Therefore, it stands to reason that if you know how companies define potential,... Read More >

Veteran Careers: Positive Traits Veterans Should Stress in Interviews

by Phil Stott  |  November 13, 2017

This is the last of three posts on veteran careers, based on an interview I conducted with branding expert Lida Citroën that I conducted earlier this year. In the two previous posts, I focused on Citroën's comments on some of the challenges facing veterans as they attempt to transition into the civilian workforce—chiefly related to cultural differences and Read More >

Veteran Careers: Dealing with Stereotypes

by Phil Stott  |  November 10, 2017

Veterans face several issues when transitioning out of the military and into civilian careers. In my last post, I shared a number of structural and cultural barriers that veterans face, as told to me by branding expert Lida Citroën earlier this year.  In this post, the second of three from my interview with Lida, we'll look at another issue: stereotypes that veterans face when dealing with hiring managers, and what both parties can do address them. Read More >