Kellogg | Mr. 770 Dreamer
GMAT 770, GPA 8.77/10
Tepper | Mr. Tech Strategist
GRE 313, GPA 3.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. JD To MBA
GRE 326, GPA 3.01
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Musician To Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 1.6
Harvard | Mr. Bangladeshi Analyst
GMAT 690, GPA 3.31
MIT Sloan | Mr. Generic Nerd
GMAT 720, GPA 3.72
Harvard | Mr. Low GPA Product Manager
GMAT 780, GPA 3.1
Darden | Mr. Military Vet
GMAT 680, GPA 3.5
Duke Fuqua | Ms. ELS
GRE 318, GPA 3.8
Wharton | Mr. Investment Banking
GMAT 750, GPA 3.1
MIT Sloan | Mr. International Impact
GRE 326, GPA 3.5
Wharton | Ms. Product Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Chicago Booth | Mr. Indian O&G EPC
GMAT 730, GPA 3.75
Chicago Booth | Mr. US Army Veteran
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Techie Teacher
GMAT 760, GPA 3.80
Ross | Mr. NCAA to MBB
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
Ross | Mr. Operational Finance
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Stanford GSB | Ms. S & H
GMAT 750, GPA 3.47
Columbia | Ms. Cybersecurity
GRE 322, GPA 3.7
Kellogg | Mr. Multinational Strategy
GRE 305, GPA 3.80
Kellogg | Mr. Defense Contractor
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Duke Fuqua | Mr. O&G Geoscientist
GRE 327, GPA 2.9
Kenan-Flagler | Ms. Big Pharma
GRE 318, GPA 3.3
GMAT 770, GPA 3.7
Duke Fuqua | Mr. 911 System
GMAT 690, GPA 3.02
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Agribusiness
GRE 308, GPA 3.04
Stanford GSB | Mr. 750
GMAT 750, GPA 3.43

Which B-Schools Have The Happiest Grads?

recruiteringWhy Corporate Recruiters Avoid Some Business Schools

“What did we do wrong?”

That’s what students ask their career center when certain companies don’t visit. In reality, they need to ask a different question:

“What do we need to do?”

That’s the theme of Roxanne Hori’s recent essay in Bloomberg Businessweek. Hori, associate dean of corporate partnerships and the former director of the career management center at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, encourages students to follow the Field of Dreams maxim: “If you build it, they will come.”

Here’s why: Hori notes that recruiters base their efforts on where schools have “had the most success finding – and retaining – employees to hire.” If their staffing needs increase (or a school has lost some luster), they’ll reach out to “noncore” schools as potential sources for talent.

Let’s say your school still isn’t on that list. What can you do? Obviously, you can reach out to the career center. But this creates the proverbial “chick-or-the-egg” dilemma in Hori’s experience:

“…companies recruit at schools because students are interested in their particular industry, organization, job functions, and location. On-campus recruiting, however, helps to generate and perpetuate that interest. It’s a matter of getting student interest to a critical mass to ignite that virtuous cycle.”

In other words, it isn’t that recruiters are avoiding certain schools. They’re just not sure that those schools will provide any return on their time. So what does Hori suggest? First, she notes that some recruiters rely on postings to a school’s job board. Such postings are often a way for employers to test the waters for interest (and whether potential candidates possess the requisite skills, experience, and cultural fit). As Hori observes, a successful hire will encourage recruiters to return.

And here’s another thought from Hori: “A strong alumni advocate in the company will influence the decision (hint: it’s usually someone very high up) to put their alma mater on the “core” school list.” Check company bios, Linkedin, or your alumni network to identify potential advocates (and mentors). Even if they can’t persuade a recruiter, these executives could open doors or serve as a mentor.

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek