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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5 Steps for Becoming a Great Negotiator

by Phil Stott  |  July 06, 2016

Negotiating is a skill that often seems like it's innate: you're either the type of person who's good at it, or you're not. And if you are good at it, it's likely because you're naturally assertive and outgoing-and more than likely to be male…right? Maybe that's not the picture of the typical strong negotiator that you have in your head, but it is mine-from car salesmen to a certain presidential candidate whose name is synonymous with deal-making, the archetypal deal-maker in my... Read More >

Consultants and Lawyers: Benefiting from Brexit?

by Phil Stott  |  June 29, 2016

Amid all the coverage of Brexit in the media of late, it's been somewhat difficult to find much in the way of definite outcomes if the UK government decides to honor last week's referendum, and go ahead with extricating itself from the EU. So far, turmoil seems to have beent the order of the day: global markets have see-sawed, the pound has taken a beating, and the UK's political landscape is in uproar. Even the side that won doesn't seem to know what comes next, or how much resemblance it... Read More >

How to Talk About Brexit in a Job Interview

by Phil Stott  |  June 27, 2016

As you're probably aware, the citizens of the United Kingdom voted last week to leave the European Union-a move known as Brexit. As the sole member of the Vault team who had a vote in the referendum (I'm a UK citizen), I thought I'd take the opportunity to attempt to explain what's going on-partly because it's the only thing I've been able to pay attention to since it happened, and partly because I know it's a question that's going to be coming up in an awful lot of job interviews over the... Read More >

'Fit' Interviews: What to Keep in Mind

by Phil Stott  |  June 24, 2016

At a barbecue this past weekend, I ran into an acquaintance who has been trying to make the transition from academia to the private sector (he's an international relations/foreign policy specialist now seeking a consulting role). When I asked him how his search has been going, he expressed frustration: he has an impressive resume, which has been opening doors for interviews, but he's been struggling to get past the first couple of rounds. His conclusion: "I don't think I interview... Read More >

5 Apps to Improve Your Productivity

by Phil Stott  |  June 15, 2016

I wrote recently about spending time with productivity expert Graham Allcott, founder of Think Productive, and author of the book How to Be a Productivity Ninja. As I noted in that piece, much of the information that Allc Read More >

Get More Done: Simple Tips From a Productivity Expert

by Phil Stott  |  June 13, 2016

In a world where so many employees are always-on, unable to truly switch off from work thanks to our ever-tighter connections to our phones, and overloaded with conflicting messages about whether we should be working on that thing we were supposed to have finished yesterday or the one that's due tomorrow, it's no surprise that managing our time is emerging as a key factor in employee success. So often, though, the advice around those concepts seems so overwhelming: sure, you too can gain... Read More >

Do Unruly Kids Earn More as Adults?

by Phil Stott  |  June 08, 2016

If your childhood was anything like mine, you spent most of it enduring a variety of methods aimed at coaxing out the kinds of behaviors that are commonly held to make one a responsible adult: abiding by the law, being polite, and paying attention when others are speaking. But maybe I should have worked a little harder on getting into trouble: as reported by the Wall Street Journal, a recent study found that "rule-breaking, defiant kids often end up richer than their more responsible... Read More >

How to Have Better Conversations

by Phil Stott  |  June 01, 2016

Regardless of your career field, the art of face to face communication will help you get ahead in it: it cuts across everything from your performance in your first interview for an internship to your ability to have productive conversations with employees in your corner office. So why wouldn't you want to learn how to do that better? As someone whose first instinct is typically to hide behind a screen and communicate digitally, I'm always on the lookout for advice on improving my... Read More >

How Government Spending Is Affecting the Consulting Industry

by Phil Stott  |  May 31, 2016

Those who are interested in topics like government spending, defense, or uh, public sector consulting may recall that, back in 2013, an arcane piece of legislation known as the budget sequester kicked in. Essentially designed to provide a threat grave enough to spur a deadlocked Congress into action on reducing spending, the legislation promised a series of automatic, arbitrary cuts instead, with the aim of achieving a cumulative savings of around $1.1 trillion by 2021. As you probably... Read More >

Is the Class of 2016 Prepared for Reality?

by Phil Stott  |  May 25, 2016

For the past few years, the folks at Accenture have been conducting a survey that polls 2 groups of people: college seniors, on their expectations when entering the workforce; and members of the last 2 graduating classes, on what they've actually experienced out in the real world. The results are usually illuminating, and this year's report is no different. As you can see from the infographic below, the realities of the working world tend not to measure up to the hopes that those entering... Read More >

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