Wharton | Mr. Indian VC
GRE 333, GPA 3.61
MIT Sloan | Mr. Tech Enthusiast
GRE 325, GPA 6.61/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
Harvard | Mr. Midwest Dreamer
GMAT 760, GPA 3.3
Kellogg | Mr. Young PM
GMAT 710, GPA 9.64/10
Foster School of Business | Ms. Diamond Dealer
GRE 308, GPA Merit
NYU Stern | Mr. Low Undergraduate GPA
GMAT 720 (Expected), GPA 2.49
Stanford GSB | Ms. Try Something New
GMAT 740, GPA 3.86
Darden | Mr. Military Missile Defense
GRE 317, GPA 3.26
Wharton | Mr. Army Bahasa
GRE 312, GPA 3.57
Harvard | Mr. Consulting To Public Service
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
Wharton | Mr. Strategy To Real Estate
GMAT 750, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Ms. Standard Consultant
GMAT 750, GPA 3.46
Harvard | Mr. 1st Gen Brazilian LGBT
GMAT 720, GPA 3.2
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
NYU Stern | Mr. Customer Success
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Industrial Goods To MBB
GMAT 650, GPA 3.35
Stanford GSB | Mr. Family Biz From Chile
GMAT 710, GPA 5.5/7.0 (Ranked 6 out of 181 of class)
Tuck | Mr. Military Communications Officer
GRE 320, GPA 3.45
Harvard | Dr. Harvard Biotech
GRE 322, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Ms. Global Connector
GMAT 750, GPA 3.8
London Business School | Ms. Tech Researcher
GRE 331, GPA 3.17
Kellogg | Mr. Nigerian Engineer
GRE 310, GPA 3.5/5.0
Harvard | Ms. Indian Business Analyst
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
UCLA Anderson | Mr. National Table Tennis
GMAT 720, GPA 4
INSEAD | Mr. Petroleum Engineer
GMAT 690, GPA 3.46
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. Aspiring Consultant
GMAT 690, GPA 3.68

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.