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Case interviews and the flaws of common interview techniques

Posted by Arjun Moorthy

Jul 31, 2011 5:23:00 PM

Until recently I prided myself on having a reputation as a tough job interviewer.  I've espoused the importance of design problems and case interviews (a style thoroughly ingrained in me while at BCG) as these questions cannot be completely prepared for and so I believed they truly tested the candidate.  However, when I got tripped up on a very casual case-like question at a dinner party last week, I began to wonder if this was a good method and what in fact was the best interview technique.

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Topics: first job, transitioning

First 90 Days at a new job

Posted by Arjun Moorthy

Apr 24, 2011 9:51:00 AM

A week ago, I started a new job at Hubspot, a startup based in Boston.  I was excited to hit the ground running but wanted to make sure I didn't screw up in a major way the first few weeks.  (I say "major" as I've accepted the fact that I will make several mistakes and pray that they are minor).  Having not been much of a business book reader in the past I wasn't sure where to seek advice but some Amazon reviews indicated  Right From The Start (Ciampa, Watkins) was decent. 

The advice in the book that I found most useful, at least in the first 80 pages or so (at which point I remembered why I don't read self-help business books and switched to watching random bad TV), was essentially:

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Topics: transitioning

Career Advice I Wish I Knew Earlier 

Hello.  I started this blog to distribute some of the best career advice I have been given over the many jobs I've had.  I've been fortunate to work for and with some great bosses like Francis DeSouzaNancy Kamei and Rick Roberge, and some unique companies, like The Boston Consulting Group, that invest heavily in making each employee a success even after leaving the firm.

The advice and training I received here stands in sharp contrast to my experiences with some not-so-great bosses and companies I've also worked for.  I'm continualy amazed at how valuable good advice has been in my career so I hope to pass on the good advice, and insights from mistakes I've made, via this blog. 

Thanks in advance for your comments, particularly when you can improve upon the ideas posted.

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