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Goldman Sachs still attracts talent

The Financial Times (2 June 2013) reports that “it seems people still want to work at Goldman Sachs. The investment bank has hired 350 investment banking summer interns out of 17,000 applications, claiming it has “no problem” attracting talent six years after the financial crisis sparked a series of deep cuts to Wall Street jobs . . . → Read More: Goldman Sachs still attracts talent

UK Super Brands 2013

Apple has been named as the UK’s top Business Superbrand following a poll of B2B marketing experts and thousands of individual business professionals.

The influential annual Superbrands list saw Rolls-Royce Group fall 15 places after two years at the helm. As the top-ranked British manufacturer and engineer, the brand retained its position in the top . . . → Read More: UK Super Brands 2013

3 Quick Interview Tips

These tips will help you to be more relaxed during your interview.

Empty Your Pockets

Don’t bring a big handbag, computer bag, overcoat, or ‘to-go’ coffee with you into the interview. Instead, be minimalistic, with just a pen and notepad, you’ll feel less like a cumbersome outsider. Switch off your mobile. Also, don’t take the . . . → Read More: 3 Quick Interview Tips

3 Tips for Your Interview Day

These tips will help you be more relaxed during your interview.

Empty Your Pockets

Don’t bring a big handbag, bulky bag, overcoat, or ‘to-go’ coffee with you into the interview. Instead, be minimalistic, with just a pen and notepad, you’ll feel less like a cumbersome outsider. Switch off your mobile. Also, don’t take the interviewer . . . → Read More: 3 Tips for Your Interview Day

Feeling Miserable in Financial Markets?

http://hereisthecity.com sought the views of more than 2,000 financial markets professionals over a 7 week period to find out just how miserable they felt in their current job.

And 79.4% of staff working in compliance said that they were either ‘fairly miserable’, or ‘very miserable’.

One compliance staffer told us: ‘This is no surprise. In . . . → Read More: Feeling Miserable in Financial Markets?

The 20 Most Common Law Firm Interview Questions

Your time at university

1. What have you learned from your studies and extra-curricular activities that can be applied to a career in law?

2. Why did you choose to study X at university?

If you didn’t study law, don’t worry that your qualifications or motivation are being questioned – law firms are very . . . → Read More: The 20 Most Common Law Firm Interview Questions

Extreme Interviews

Apparently “extreme interviews” are becoming popular.These are where bizarre questions are asked of candidates to see how they react and how fast they think on their feet.

The sort of questions which a candidate might face are:

“What sort of dinosaur are you?”

“If you were for sale on eBay, what would you put as . . . → Read More: Extreme Interviews

Internships really do work!

The latest data from High Flyers Research shows the value of gaining an internship if your objective is to get a permanent role within that firm.

Here are the top five sectors showing the percentage of vacancies likely to be filled by graduates who have already worked for the organisation.

Investment Banking: 71%

Law: 51%

. . . → Read More: Internships really do work!

The Tax System Explained in Beer

Source: http://www.ijreview.com

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this…

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing The fifth would . . . → Read More: The Tax System Explained in Beer

Ace the interview

‘Presentation at Interview’ is the most important factor in standing out from the crowd, according to 23% of jobseekers from a survey by TipTopJob, a network of generic and specialist job sites.

Presentation comes out on top, ahead of 22% who said work experience was the top factor, 20% thinking it was an effective cover . . . → Read More: Ace the interview