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Welcome to the Wall Street Oasis Reading List for Corporate Careers. Please email [email protected] if you think we should add in additional publications to our Recommended Reading.


Easy Reads Technical Reads Career Jump-Start
Onward Technical Interview Guide
Losing My Virginity Behavioral Interview Guide
Direct From Dell A Look Behind the Wall
Snowball Internship Guide






Easy Reads


Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul

by Howard Schultz and Joanne Gordon


Onward is Howard Schultz's explanation of how Starbucks was able to turn itself around without compromising it's integrity. This is a great read for understanding the thought process of a Chairman/CEO of a company going through a rough patch.

Indra Nooyi (Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo) wrote:

Howard Schultz's refreshingly candid, compelling narrative demonstrates what it takes to lead in these extraordinary times. Onward is a rare first-hand account at how one of the world's most iconic brands overcame the challenges that confront us all.

Ethan Jones (<span class="keyword_link"><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/amazon">Amazon</a></span> Review) wrote:

Howard Schulz writes with incredible passion and sincerity in this, his second book. The flow of the read is helped by his collaboration with former Forbes journalist Gordon, but the really compelling element of this book comes from Schulz' transparency in depicting Starbucks transformation during the last five years. He could have easily made this book one big PR job (like so many of these books are), but, instead, he presents real problems and the real, often complicated, solutions employed to solve them.

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Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way

by Richard Branson


The founder of the ironically named global Virgin powerhouse imparts his wisdom and experiences from a life doing business his way. It's Richard Branson, how could this not be a good book?

GQ wrote:

Few people in contemporary business are as colorful, shrewd, and irreverent, and probably no one’s nearly as much fun to be around. . . . Branson embodies America’s cherished mythology of the iconoclastic, swashbuckling entrepreneur.

by James Simpson (<span class="keyword_link"><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/amazon">Amazon</a></span> Review) wrote:

This is a sensational book. Most autobiographies are boring and so full of only positive stuff about the person that you just know you are not getting the full picture. In this book Branson openly admits mistakes and bad business decisions. He gives credit to others acknowledging Virgin's success would not have happened without them.

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Direct from Dell: Strategies that Revolutionized an Industry (Collins Business Essentials)

by Michael Dell and Catherine Fredman


Michael Dell is perhaps one of the greatest businessmen of all time. In a few short years he made Dell a household name rivaling the likes of established firms IBM and Hewlett Packard. This book covers everything from what made him successful as an entrepreneur to how he successfully ran his company.

Jacques A. Nasser (President and CEO, Ford) wrote:

His book provides the insight into his drive for improvement, his business logic and the learning from his mistakes...

M.H. Bayliss (<span class="keyword_link"><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/amazon">Amazon</a></span> Review) wrote:

The second part of the book has tremendously practical advice for almost any company. Why make the same mistakes that you could avoid by following his model for success? I daresay there is enough solid information here for any informed person to put into practice what Dell did to make a successful business.

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The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

by Alice Schroeder


You should really know why this is important.

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Technical Reads


There are many different jobs within a corporation, and thus we advise you to do some research on the particular field you are interested in. There are plenty of books out there on the fundamentals of finance, accounting, marketing, and all the other positions available in the corporate world. The one technical book that we advise any corporate executive-wannabe to check out is Sun Tzu's The Art of War.

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Career Jump-Start


Technical Interview Guide

by Wall Street Oasis


This 80+ page guide, produced by WSO and written for WSO's users, is a compilation of the most common technical questions encountered in Wall Street interviews.

banker88 wrote:

Just got the new technical guide. By far much better than vault. Very detailed (80+ pages) with charts, graphs, etc. I'll be reading this at least once this summer in prepping for fall interviews.

<span class="keyword_link"><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/goldman-sachs">Goldman Sachs</a></span> S&amp;T VP wrote:

The new Wall Street Oasis Technical Guide provides questions and easy to understand answers for all the questions I typically ask when interviewing a candidate. The additional questions expand the guide, and the new charts are an added bonus for easily remembering the crucial concepts. If a student really knows all the questions in this guide, they are sure to nail the technical section of their interview.

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Behavioral Interview Guide

by Wall Street Oasis


This 56 page guide, produced by WSO and written for WSO's users, is a compilation of over 100+ of the most common behavioral / fit questions encountered in Wall Street interviews with detailed advice and examples.

<span class="keyword_link"><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/credit-suisse">Credit Suisse</a></span> M&amp;A Analyst wrote:

All I can say is I wish I had the Wall Street Oasis Behavioral Guide before I went into my banking interviews. I was well prepared for some of the fit questions that came my way, but others challenged me. With the extensive number of questions in this guide and the sample answers, I would have felt prepared to handle almost anything.

MIT Sloan MBA Student ('09) wrote:

I didn't read Wall Street Oasis Technical and Behavioral Interview guides until after my first year in my MBA program, and frankly they contained everything I had spent the last year learning to get a job on the Street. I highly recommend them to anyone preparing for an interview, finance or other. It's a heck of a lot cheaper than an MBA (not to mention faster and more to the point).

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A Look Behind the Wall - An Overview of Six Wall Street Career Paths

by Wall Street Oasis


WallStreetOasis.com has collaborated with its most knowledgeable users to provide one of the most detailed, entertaining and insightful publications to hit Wall Street in years.

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Internship Guide

by Wall Street Oasis


This is a complete guide to getting through your summer internship in finance or consulting. Whether you’re wondering what to wear, how to do your work, or how to manage your money, this 30-page guide has it all. Following this guide will make getting through the summer as painless as possible, so that you can have the exciting, rewarding experience you deserve.

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