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What do leading MBA employers search for?

 

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More than 1,200 recruiters from 90 leading MBA employers used the Global Focus advanced search capabilities last year to find their perfect candidates. These recruiters are proactively sourcing their next generation of leaders by filtering the database of over 70,000 candidates to their exact specifications, including: function, industry, work authorization, experience, language, diversity, and keywords.

During the 2010-2011 recruiting season, employers selected more than 600,000 must-have and nice-to-have profile attributes to create over 35,000 advanced searches*. The most important profile question was geographic preference -- which was selected in searches nearly 100,000 times. Specific MBA schools was a close second. Followed by specific industry and function experiences. Other graduate degrees and certifications/licenses were the least important attributes.

This is a summary of the most searched-for candidate profile attributes:

  • Geographic Preference  -  98,337 selections
  • MBA School  -  93,059
  • Industry - Experience  -  82,650
  • Function - Experience  -  62,126
  • Function - Preference  -  45,048
  • Industry - Preference  -  41,228
  • Class Year  -  39,295
  • Language Ability  -  34,771
  • Geographic - Work Experience  -  15,245
  • Program  -  12,419
  • Total Years of Work Experience  -  11,683
  • Club Affiliations  -  11,065
  • MBA Concentration  -  4,695
  • Graduation Availability Date  -  4,434
  • Years of Post MBA Work Experience  -  2,624
  • Annual Compensation  -  2,213
  • Undergraduate Major  -  953
  • Function Experience - Internship  -  578
  • Industry Experience - Internship  -  281
  • Other Graduate Degrees  -  118
  • Certifications/Licenses  -  115

*more than 1 answer may be selected per question per search

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Ryan Pratt

Ryan Pratt is the Vice President of Marketing and Research at GradLeaders. During his 10+ years at GradLeaders, the network has grown to have now helped over 600,000 employers and 26,500,000 students from more than 1,000 schools around the world. Ryan graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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