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13 Difficult Interview Questions Top Wall Street Firms Are Asking Now

by Vault Careers  |  August 14, 2018

Last week, we released our latest Vault Banking 50, a ranking of the best investment banks to work for. Our rankings are based on a survey of 2,800 banking professionals, who were asked to rate firms other than their own in terms of prestige and to rate their own firm in various workplace categories, including culture, hours, training, compensation, and more. In addition, we asked survey respondents to tell us about the quality of life, care Read More >

Tips for Students Considering a Career in Accounting

by Vault Careers  |  July 10, 2018

Whether you're just beginning to explore internship options or you're about to accept a full-time job offer, the decisions you make in college are important for the first part of your career. To that end, we recently spoke with four professionals at top accounting firm BDO: Madison Evans, a Tax Manager; Casey Parsons, an Assurance Associate; Joseph Sakla, an Assurance Senior Associate, and Courtney Baker-Schroat, a Tax Associate. We asked these professionals about their work experience as... Read More >

How to Answer the 'Difficult Team Member' Interview Question

by Vault Careers  |  May 31, 2018

One of the more common behavioral interview questions is "Tell me about a time you had a conflict with a coworker and how you dealt with it." A similar question is "Tell me about a time you were on a team and team member wasn't pulling his or her weight and how you addressed the situation." While these questions are slightly different, they're both looking for the same thing: how you work in teams and how you deal with conflict.  That said, the first th Read More >

10 Career-Altering Quotes from 2018 Commencement Speeches

by Vault Careers  |  May 23, 2018

It's graduation season, which means it's commencement speech season, and we just watched many of the most widely anticipated commencement speeches of the season, pulling the most inspiring work- and career-related advice we could find. To that end, below (in no particular order) are the best of the best-the commencement speech quotes that we think, if taken to heart and put into action, could have the power to alter your career, no matter if you're a soon-to-be grad, recent grad, or... Read More >

How to Speed Up Your Job Search

by Vault Careers  |  May 08, 2018

We've all had those moments where it feels like our job search has ground to a halt--and where we'd take any job just to get the long cycle of searching for one to end. But, as this infographic outlines, the best route to a new career opportunity doesn't come from applying for every opportunity--rather, it's about finding the right opportunity, and networking until you get it. Read More >

Best and Worst Aspects of Working for a Big 4 Firm

by Vault Careers  |  April 30, 2018

If you've ever wondered what it's like to work for one of the Big 4 accounting firms, here's a quick visual representation of the most common best and worst aspects about life at the Big 4. Note: the qualitative data used to compile these world clouds came from our latest Accounting Survey, in which we asked 8,800 accounting professionals (4,000 of which worked at one of the Big 4) to tell us about the best and worst things about their jobs, as well as to rate their firms in nearly 20... Read More >

How to Answer the 'Why Do You Want to Work for Us?' Interview Question

by Vault Careers  |  March 21, 2018

One of the more common interview questions these days, especially for entry-level positions, is some form of "Why do you want to work for us?" Other forms of this question include "What attracts you to our firm?" and "What about our firm excites you?" Whatever the exact phrasing you receive, there are a few things you want to get across as clearly and concisely as possible when answering. 1. You know a lot about the firm; you've done your research. One of the things this question ai Read More >

15 “Tell Me About a Time” Interview Questions Top Accounting Firms Ask

by Vault Careers  |  March 14, 2018

It's tax season, which means tens of thousands of accountants across the country are working overtime to complete various forms so individuals and organizations can file their taxes on time, by Tax Day, April 17.  Speaking of hardworking accountants, some 8,800 of them recently took our annual Accounting Survey. The results of this survey will be used to create our new Accounting 50, a ranking Read More >

A Day in the Life of a Managing Partner

by Vault Careers  |  February 28, 2018

Considering a career in law, or a transition within the legal profession? The following profile of a day in the life of a managing partner is an excerpt from the Vault Career Guide to Law. Kelley Clements Keller is the owner and managing member of The Keller Law Firm, LLC, a boutique firm practicing intellectual property (IP), which includes assisting clients in IP prosecution, procurement and maintenance, licensing and enforcement, brand expansion and management, domain name and Web site... Read More >

Teens Who Have Changed the World

by Vault Careers  |  February 27, 2018

In the two weeks since the Parkland mass school shooting, several of the students have risen to prominence in advocating for gun control measures. Emma Gonzalez gave an impassioned speech at a gun control rally just two days after the shooting and has since racked up a serious social media following (1.1 million Twitter followers and counting). She and fellow prominent student activist David Hogg have been interviewed by several national news outlets and, with several other Parkland... Read More >

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