What Corporate Recruiters Say
Understand what corporate recruiters are looking for in MBA candidates.
Each year, we ask companies and organizations that hire recent business school grads about their hiring and salary projections for the coming year, what candidates they seek, and what qualities they value most in new graduate management hires.
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Demand Is up for B-School Grads in 2013
Job prospects for 2013 are looking up for a broad spectrum of B-School graduates, with a greater percentage of employers reporting plans to hire these candidates next year compared with their actual hiring in 2012. Here is what employers that we polled in the fall of 2012 had to say about next year’s job market:
76% plan to hire recent MBA grads in 2013 (up from 69% in 2012).
43% plan to hire Master in Management graduates (up from 33% in 2012).
40% plan to hire Master of Accounting grads (up from 32% in 2012).
39% plan to hire Master of Finance grads (up from 32% last year).
46% plan to hire other specialized business master’s graduates (up from 34% in 2012).
Salaries Keep Pace or Rise Above Inflation
Of employers planning to hire MBAs in 2013, 56% intend to offer starting base salaries that keep pace with inflation (43%) or exceed it (13%). A majority of employers that plan to hire other business master’s grads in 2013 also project starting salaries at or above the rate of inflation.
Recruiters Want Experience
Corporate recruiters look at experience in job function (61%), industry experience (51%), and years of work experience (44%) when considering job candidates.
Internships Will Help You Land a Job Upon Graduation
Internships will help you build a network of contacts in your chosen industry and expose you to potential hiring decision makers. In 2013, the vast majority (86%) of employers expect to offer internships to graduate business students and 65% intend to offer MBA internships. Most companies planning to offer internships expect to keep the projected number the same or higher than those offered in 2012.
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