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Post from Elisabeth Fosslien, an analyst at the ad agency Leo Burnett, turns data into art and observations into charts on her website


I was recently asked for interview advice.

1. These are guidelines and examples. Don’t repeat them verbatim. Do I have to say this? Maybe. Contrary to what a lot of people seem to believe, interviews are not a time to spew a bunch of jargon and formulaic crap. Be smart, be honest, and be yourself, because those BS answers you think I (the interviewer) can’t see through? Surprise! I can.

2. I am not going to cover industry specific questions. For example, consulting likes to ask additional qs like how many NOUNs are VERBed in GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION per UNIT OF TIME, iBanking likes to throw out letters like DCF and WACC, etc. For those of you “interviewing” at “hip” firms with “startup” cultures, be prepared to answer “out-of-the-box” questions like “What food would you suggest our in-house chef prepare for lunch today?”****

Have I disclaimered myself enough? Probably not.

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