Harvard | Ms. Ambitious Hippie
GRE 329, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Classic Candidate
GMAT 760, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Ms. Athlete Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Unrealistic Ambitions
GMAT 710, GPA 2.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Equal Opportunity
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Tuck | Mr. Over-Experienced
GRE 330, GPA 3.0
HEC Paris | Mr. Indian Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 2.1
Chicago Booth | Mr. Community Uplift
GMAT 780, GPA 2.6
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Worldwide
GMAT 730, GPA 3.1
Darden | Mr. Education Consulting
GRE 326, GPA 3.58
Wharton | Mr. LatAm Indian Trader
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Wharton | Mr. MBB to PE
GMAT 740, GPA 3.98
Darden | Mr. Stock Up
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. MBB Aspirant
GMAT 780, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Ms. Finance
GMAT 760, GPA 3.48
Harvard | Mr. Soldier Boy
GMAT 720, GPA 3.72
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Angel Investor
GMAT 700, GPA 3.20
Rice Jones | Mr. ToastMasters Treasurer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
Kellogg | Mr. MBB Private Equity
GMAT TBD (target 720+), GPA 4.0
Said Business School | Ms. Creative Planner
GMAT 690, GPA 3.81 / 5.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. Wedding Music Business
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Big 4 Auditor
GMAT 740, GPA 3.55
Harvard | Mr. Software PE
GMAT 760, GPA 3.45
Harvard | Mr. First Gen Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0 (First Class Honours)
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB/FinTech
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Break Into Buy-Side
GMAT 780, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Perseverance
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7

Why Employers Hire MBA Grads

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Why do companies hire MBA graduates?

The reasons are likely to surprise many, in part because they vary all over the world. U.S. employers primarily value MBA hires for their innovative thinking, new perspective, and support of corporate growth. The European companies that recruit MBAs list, in order of importance, company growth, succession planning, and business acumen.

What companies seek in their MBA hires also changes by industry. In consulting, which hires more elite MBAs off business school campuses than any other single industry, firms are searching for MBAs who fit with the company culture, who have the ability to work in and build strong teams, and boast the ability to have an impact. Also high on the list is a graduate’s adaptability, strong business ethics, and leadership potential.

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) recently surveyed corporate recruiters who hire business school graduates on a regular basis and asked them to name the top 10 performance traits and abilities in recruiting and hiring business school talent. It also asked employers in the four major regions of the world — the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific — why they hire MBAs. The GMAC 2016 Corporate Recruiters Survey is based on a total of 842 responding employers located in 40 countries worldwide, including adequate sample sizes to report details for Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the U.S. The survey was conducted between Feb. 10 and March 13 of 2016.


In the U.S., the survey found that the largest source of jobs for those with graduate business degrees came from companies that employ 10,000 or more employers. Those larger corporations made up 55% of the responding recruiters. The No. 1 reason to hire MBAs and others with graduate degrees in business? Succession planning. They want to bring in business talent to make sure they have highly qualified people to succeed others already in place.

Source: 2016 GMAC Corporate Recruiters Survey

Source: 2016 GMAC Corporate Recruiters Survey


In Asia-Pacific, the survey found that the companies with more than 10,000 employees are also the largest single employer of business graduates, making up a third of the total recruiters, while firms with fewer than 100 employers came next and were not far behind, representing 26% of the responding recruiters. More than any other reason, Asia-Pacific companies are bringing on MBAs and other advanced-degree graduates in business to gain new perspectives.

Source: 2016 GMAC Corporate Recruiters Survey

Source: 2016 GMAC Corporate Recruiters Survey

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.