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Part 2: Preparing for Your Case Interview to Get Bulletproof

So far in the “PhD’s Guide to Getting a Consulting Job,” we’ve covered how to work on your personal brand and write a resume that will get you an interview. Now, it’s time to get bulletproof for the interview itself.

Case interviews are an interview tool that consulting companies use to gauge your analytical skills. Essentially, the case interview involves answering an open-ended question about a business problem. The interviewer gives some background on a (hypothetical) company that needs help. Then the candidate talks through an analysis and solution.

I’m going to show you how to rock a case interview. Continue reading “Part 2: Preparing for Your Case Interview to Get Bulletproof”

Part 3: Talking about Your Experience and Sounding like a Bad-ass

We have talked about how to get an interview and how to nail the case section. The last step in the “PhD’s Guide to Getting a Consulting Job” is discussing your personal experience in a way that is clear, compelling, and shows that you’ve got what it takes to be a consultant. Continue reading “Part 3: Talking about Your Experience and Sounding like a Bad-ass”

Bang Bang Brussels Sprouts

Even people who “hate” brussels sprouts love this dish! So get ready… Roasting is a wonderful way to cook veggies, and brussels sprouts are no exception. They taste like spicy potato chips, and they’re so good for you that your mother will approve!

It takes some time, but these sprouts are well-worth it. They will fill you up and make you say “wow” with every bite.

finished bang bang brussels sprouts

This dish has become one of my staples. You’re going to love it! Continue reading “Bang Bang Brussels Sprouts”

Using White Noise for Concentration

noiseWhen I really need to concentrate I listen to brown noise. I find that it boosts my productivity and keeps me from getting distracted by sounds around me. This is most useful in coffee shops or noisy offices, but I even do this when it’s quiet.

Brown noise is similar to white noise; it sounds like random static. However, brown noise is at a slightly lower pitch so it’s easier to listen to. That means that I can work for hours without hurting my ears!

You can download some free random noise MP3s to play on your computer or iPod, or listen to some right from your browser. Both work great.

This works better than my previous method (using ear plugs) because the sounds aren’t just blocked, they’re all scrambled up by the static. I get so much input from my ears that my brain ignores sound all together and focuses on work!

Anybody else tried this? How else do you keep focused?

Making Active Contours Fast

Active contours are a method of image segmentation. They are well-loved for their accuracy, ease of implementation, and nice mathematical underpinnings. However, a full level-set implementation can be quite slow, especially when dealing with large data! Here are some tips to speed things up. By combining these ideas and solid programming techniques I’ve been able to get active contour trackers running at hundreds of frames per second!
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Zucchini Stuffed Zucchini

I love zucchini, and I usually just slice it up and stir-fry it with some soy sauce and red pepper flakes (which is delicious!). Yesterday, I decided to get fancy and make something worth showing off… zucchini-stuffed-zucchini. It turned out great! The filling is rich and hearty, and when it is paired with the roasted zucchini shell the taste is savory and refreshing.

Zucchini Stuffed Zucchini

Best of all, it was super-easy! Read on to find out how to make it. Continue reading “Zucchini Stuffed Zucchini”

6 Tricks for Healthy Eating

This was a guest post for my uncle’s site, Healthy Eating Healthy World. Enjoy!

I’ve been eating a mostly plant-based diet since 2006. When I first got started, I faced personal and social barriers. However, by taking a few conscious steps, I was able to break them down and really improve my eating habits! Knowing the truth about nutrition, understanding the benefits of a plant-based diet, and committing to a change are all important, but actually revamping my lifestyle was a daunting task. Here are 6 tricks that I used.

  • Think Long-term
  • Add Some Extra Steps
  • Keep the Good Stuff Nearby
  • Surround Yourself
  • Embrace Frugality
  • Get Accountable

By thinking long-term about rewards and taking steps to preempt myself from falling into old eating habits I was able to leap feet-first into a new way of eating that has improved my life immeasurably. Continue reading “6 Tricks for Healthy Eating”

We Were Born to Run

I run frequently and had heard some buzz about this book. I’m keenly interested in the amazing results that often come from ancient wisdom and using our incredible human body as correctly as possible. These are the exact ideas that author, Christopher McDougall touches on in his book, “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen.”

The book has two main parts. First, it follows the story of the author as he investigates solutions to his own problems with running. Along the way he, meets, befriends, and races with members of a mysterious southwestern tribe known as the Tarahumara Indians and several other interesting characters. The second part of the book (which is mixed in with the story) contains various accounts of scientific study, an evolutionary history of running, and the modern history of the running industry. Here are some key points I found very interesting: Continue reading “We Were Born to Run”

The Science of Success

Koch Industries is the second largest privately held company in the world. In “The Science of Success,” the C.E.O. talks about the management philosophies that his company uses to be so successful.

 

In short, the techniques called “Market-based Management” (MBM) described in the book are string of very sensible ideas. The true power of the book is that it shows how to join these sensible ideas together into a cohesive and effective management strategy. In this review, I’ll briefly describe the points that really hit home with me. Continue reading “The Science of Success”