Vault Careers

Vault’s Careers Blog covers working world news and trends, with advice and strategies for modern careerists. Careers Blog contributors advise on everything from cover letters to exit interviews, with an ear to the ground on recruiting trends, unemployment numbers, and the ever changing job market.

Contributors have included:

  • Cathy Vandewater: Cathy is an associate producer for A writer, editor, and serial intern, she holds a BFA in Writing from Pratt Institute.
  • Phil Stott: Phil Stott is currently Vault's consulting editor.  Originally from Scotland, he has lived in Eastern Europe, Asia, and the U.S., and has worked in fields such as consumer banking, education, and journalism.

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Vault's Top 25 Internship Programs for 2014

by Vault Careers  |  November 06, 2013

Earlier this year, Vault surveyed more than 7,700 interns at more than 100 different internship programs. Respondents were asked to rate their internship experiences in five areas: quality of life, compensation and benefits, interview process, career development, and full-time employment prospects. These ratings were averaged in order to determine an overall score for each program and to develop a Top 25 ranking. And this year, the new No. 1 internship program belongs to ... BP. Cur Read More >

Answering the 'What Do You Know About Our Business?' Question

by Vault Careers  |  September 24, 2013

The one question you can guarantee to receive in any interview is, "What do you know about our business?" And although you may think it's a softball question-one easily answered by spouting out a few facts gleaned from a Google search-this couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, the way in which you answer this question may very well dictate how long your interview is, which questions you receive afterward, and whether you receive a job offer or not. As for what the question is trying... Read More >

Weird Interview Questions That Google, Dell, and Amazon Ask

by Vault Careers  |  August 21, 2013

For years, corporations large and small have been using the same prescription when conducting interviews: ask candidates what they can bring to the table, ask candidates about their experience, tell candidates about the job and company, then ask candidates if they have any questions. However, recently, many corporations, including Google, Dell, and Read More >

A Day in the Life of a Senior Associate at PwC

by Vault Careers  |  July 09, 2013

Lindsay is a senior associate working in the Personal Financial Services tax group in PwC's San Francisco office. Lindsay started with the firm as an audit intern, spent a year and a half as an audit associate, and then transferred into tax, where she has spent the past two years. Now a senior associate, she describes an average day in her job.     6:30 a.m. - Take BART into workThe PwC office is located in San Francisco and Read More >

5 Interview Questions Investment Banking Interns Need to Nail

by Vault Careers  |  June 24, 2013

Although most investment banks in North America and Europe have already hired their 2013 summer intern classes, banks in Australia are just beginning to accept applications for their latest internship programs, and interviews are on the way. For those interested in an investment banking internship, here are five interview questions every prospective intern should be able to nail.  1. What interests you most about a career in investment banking? This is one of the most common questions... Read More >

3 Ways to Trouble-Shoot Your Resume

by Vault Careers  |  June 20, 2013

The average resume gets less than 10 seconds in front of a recruiter, before being cast aside-and that's assuming that a recruiter is reading it at all in an age where automated scanning software is increasingly being used to filter applications by keyword search before a human ever sets eyes on them. Here are three ways that you can trouble-shoot some of the most common resume problems. Beat the machines Automated filters that scan resumes are the bane of the job-seeker's existence.... Read More >

Vault Launches Redesigned Website

by Vault Careers  |  May 30, 2013

On May 31st, launched the first significant redesign of its website in more than four years. Along with a new look, the redesigned site provides a better overall user experience and expands the depth and breadth of's existing content. The new site provides easier navigation and enhanced functionality. Search results have been greatly improved, and there are now helpful "finders" for companies, schools, internships, and professions. Our career guides in law, finance,... Read More >

Where the Women Aren't: Senior Management

by Vault Careers  |  October 23, 2012

Today there are more women than men in undergraduate institutions, business schools, and most large companies. But you won't find many women in senior leadership positions. The reason for this is culture: the old-school mentality that feeds off gender bias and assumes women can excel without professional support and that it's okay to exclude them from management roles. This needs to change. And to do so, companies can jumpstart the process by doing three things: mentor female employees,... Read More >

What It Takes to Join a Top Wall Street Bank

by Vault Careers  |  October 03, 2012

With the application process for full-time and summer investment banking internships now underway, you might be asking yourself: What makes a successful candidate? To join any line of business at a top Wall Street firm, it's perhaps most important to demonstrate a deep interest in the financial industry, personal drive, and the ability to learn quickly. It's also important to demonstrate your capability to be entrepreneurial and motivated. In addition, you might also have to be capable of... Read More >

Responsible Careers: Doing Good Even if it Isn't Your Job

by Vault Careers  |  April 23, 2012

The concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) has been the source of much controversy over the years. Some believe that corporations have a responsibility to do nothing more than turn a profit. Others, meanwhile, think that companies should take steps to mitigate the negative impact of their actions (or--even better--require that they have a positive impact) on society. Whichever point of the spectrum you happen to be on in that debate, it's diff Read More >