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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47 Questions the Top Tech Consulting Firms Ask

by Phil Stott  |  March 23, 2016

Being prepared for an interview in the consulting industry means more than just brushing up on your pat answers to a couple of behavioral questions, and arriving armed with multiple copies of your resume. Fortunately, we've got you covered: each year, as part of the annual Vault Consulting Survey, we ask consultants-many of whom are recruiters-to give us examples of the kinds of questions an interviewee at their firm is likely to face. This year, for the first time, we're breaking those... Read More >

What Makes Big 3 Consultants Different?

by Phil Stott  |  March 21, 2016

The question of why you would choose one firm over another as an employer is something that greatly interests us here at Vault-so much so, that we put the question into our annual consulting industry survey, so that we can find out what makes consultants tick. With the hard work of preparing and launching our 2016 survey out of the way (it opened for responses last week-if you're a practicing consultant and want to take it, feel free to get in touch, or contact an HR representative at your... Read More >

Want a Short Commute? Don't Live Here.

by Phil Stott  |  March 16, 2016

When it comes to commuting, there's a growing body of research that suggests that less is more. Not only are they an incredible time-suck, long commutes are bad for you in any number of ways: They're bad for your health. They're bad for your marriage. And they're worse for wom Read More >

Should Harvard Law School Change Its Logo?

by Phil Stott  |  March 07, 2016

Harvard Law School is reportedly considering changing its official shield, as a result of a long campaign that ties imagery on the shield to the slave trade. According to NPR, the dean of Harvard Law recently called for the shield to be replaced, "because it contains the crest of Isaac Royall, a slave owner whose endowment of land helped estab Read More >

Are MBAs Really Flocking to Product Manager Jobs?

by Phil Stott  |  March 04, 2016

An article earlier this week in the Wall Street Journal noted that, for MBAs, there is a new job title to rule them all: Product Manager. It makes sense: that title is most commonly seen at the likes of Facebook and Google, and denotes a level of authority for the holder over, well, everything to do with a product-from research right through to design and implementation. As the Journal puts it, the product manager sits "at the nexus of a company's bus Read More >

Switch Off, Sleep More...Succeed?

by Phil Stott  |  March 02, 2016

In a recent post I wrote about long hours, I cited research which suggests that lack of sleep is one of the major contributing factors to poor on-the-job performance. It's a pretty clear link: showing up to work without enough sleep is like showing up drunk. While last week's post focused mostly on long hours, it didn't really address one of the major reasons why the workday never seems to end: many of us bring it home with us, and continue reading and sending out emails lo Read More >

Warren Buffett is Upbeat on the Economy. Here's Why.

by Phil Stott  |  February 29, 2016

"For 240 years it's been a terrible mistake to bet against America, and now is no time to start. America's golden goose of commerce and innovation will continue to lay more and larger eggs. America's social security promises will be honored and perhaps made more generous. And, yes, America's kids will live far better than their parents did. " In his most recent letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, billionaire investor and living legend Warren Buffett devoted a significant section to... Read More >

Should You Get Paid More for Working on Leap Day?

by Phil Stott  |  February 29, 2016

It's the rarest date on the Gregorian calendar, which raises an important issue: if you're a salaried employee, should you be getting paid more for dragging yourself to work for this extra day? (Especially when it's a Monday). So what's your take? Should we all be enjoying an extra day off? Banking an extra 366th of our salary (or whatever fraction would be relevant for the number of days we actually work in a normal year)? Or just grinning and bearing it? Let us know in the comments... Read More >

Are Long Hours Good for Your Career?

by Phil Stott  |  February 24, 2016

"I often refer to the series Mad Men, taking place in the '60s, where they're drinking and smoking in the office. And you think, 'What are you doing? You're at work!' But we're doing the exact same thing right now. We're showing up just as bad, in terms of performance. We're not nearly having as much fun, though." That quote, from McKinsey specialist Els van der Helm in a recent McKinsey podcast, suggests that there's an epidemic of po Read More >

Interview Skills: The Marco Rubio Edition

by Phil Stott  |  February 08, 2016

The most recent Republican primary featured a by-now infamous exchange between presidential hopefuls Chris Christie and Marco Rubio. Ostensibly about whether or not Rubio had sufficient experience required to do the job of President, the exchange is notable for Rubio's use of a seemingly-canned piece of exposition three times in as many minutes-a piece of theater all the more remarkable for the fact that he was taking flak from Christie for using it, while using it. If you haven't seen the... Read More >