4 factors that recruiters look for in a B-school

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The general perception is that an ‘MBA is a golden ticket to a high-paying job in a branded company. However, recruiters have become more aggressive now-a-days when it comes to hiring a suitable candidate for a particular job. It’s not that easy to get a job even after doing an MBA from top B-schools as the companies recruiting policies have become more demanding.

For instance, academic performance along-with MBA score is what recruiters look first while interviewing MBA graduates. But, that alone is not a guarantee of a candidate’s final selection. Students must be ready and able to prepare themselves as per the changing job market. Besides, they should be fully aware about the roles for which their MBA degree alone can do the job.

The survey done by Jagranjosh.com in collaboration with Kantar TNS sheds light on the process followed by recruiters while selecting candidates from MBA colleges. Here is the full analysis of what recruiting mythologies are adopted by companies to hire an MBA graduate:

Quality of Students

Today, the competition has become even more intense. Companies are making changes in their talent acquisition strategy from time to time as per the prevailing market trends. Students must be aware of this fact and prepare themselves accordingly while going for a campus interview. Recruiters are in look out for employees with strong principles, and who are honest and loyal about their work. Recruiters are seeking those candidates whom they can put their faith in, that is, they value candidates who are dedicated and show full conviction in accomplishing task as per the company’s policies. The survey shows that 40% of the total weightage is given to quality of students when recruiters go for selecting MBA candidates.

Industry Exposure

Technically, it is not possible for a fresh MBA graduate to have industry work experience. Here, Industry exposure means nurturing of skills during college that can fit into the industry specific requirements. Recruiters want to see a fresh MBA candidate have experience in interaction with corporate and business houses during college. Therefore, MBA colleges should include elective courses in their curriculum that are contemporary. Electives such as Advertising & Public Relation, Data Analytics and Risk Management are some of the electives that are in high demand from the corporate side. And, candidates must choose these electives carefully depending upon the type of career they want to pursue in future.

Institutions must provide a learning space to its students, where they can use their skills in real time to get an overview of how things work in the corporate world. The survey shows that 44% of the total weightage is given to quality of students when recruiters go for selecting MBA candidates.

Soft-skills of the Students

No matter how good a candidate is in terms of academic record and professional skill set, soft skills of a student is main quality that modern recruiters look for now-a-days. In general, communication skills are a great advantage to have as it is required in every department of a company. An MBA graduate who is a great communicator will always be the first choice of a recruiter because this is only skill set that is highly required to represent the company, internally and externally.

Today, recruiters are in a lookout for those candidates who can communicate fluently and is easily understood by any person. This is the skill that helps a company achieve business goals or sales acquisitions. Soft skills in terms of teamwork, ability to prioritise daily assignments and client handling are in great demand. The survey shows that 44% of the total weightage is given to quality of students when recruiters go for selecting MBA candidates

Intellectual Capital of the Students

Here, the intellectual capital of the students is their creative and analytical approach they take while doing any work. It mainly comprises of domain skills, motivation and creative thinking skills. Things have started to change as companies have started to see their employees as intelletcetual resources along-with the tangible assets such as the price of machines, raw materials and equipments.

In present time, recruiters are valuing those candidates who are not only perfect in their roles and responsibility but also motivated to take challenges to complete any project by moving out of their working zone. The survey shows that 64% of the total weightage is given to quality of students when recruiters go for selecting MBA candidates.

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