13 best practices from Connections 2013


Morning Before Day 2 of Connections 2013

As the thought leader in MBA recruiting, MBA Focus hosts an annual Connections Conference where the leading business schools and employers gather to debate issues, share best practices, and participate in moderated discussions on key topics in the industry. This year's theme was "Personas and Perspectives: The New MBA Peoplescape," where we discussed the who, what, why and how of cultural fit and personal brands in MBA recruitment.

After two days of discussions and debates among the world's foremost thought leaders in the industry, we discovered some best practices for all those involved in MBA recruitment:

  1. Employers should use their internal talent to promote the company’s culture and work environment to potential candidates. Tweet This!
  2. Students need to decouple industry & function, i.e. there are marketing opportunities at finance firms as well as finance opportunities at CPG companies. Tweet This!
  3. MBA students should be prepared move laterally as well as vertically within companies. Tweet This!
  4. Schools need to start using alumni for social networking career service advice. Tweet This!
  5. Recruiters need to be clearer about what success looks like at their company. Tweet This!
  6. MBA students need to be prepared to commit at least 2 years to the first job post-MBA. Tweet This!
  7. Career service offices need to reinvest in the candidates that have been out of b-school for 3-5 years. Tweet This!
  8. MBA students should send a cover letter and writing sample that conveys their personality and soft skills to employers. Tweet This!
  9. MBA students should speak to someone within the business and/or use alumni working at the company before sending their resume to employers. Tweet This!
  10. Candidates must be able to use soft skills to build relationships through several different mediums: face-to-face, phone, video, email, social networks, etc. Tweet This!
  11. Career service offices need to teach their students true networking skills. Tweet This!
  12. Employment branding messages to candidates cannot please everyone, so don’t try. Employers need to define what your culture is and then go after those people that fit. Tweet This!
  13. MBA students should reach out to employers early in the process – not last minute because they failed to receive an offer from their first choice. Tweet This!

We are very proud that this conference continues to be the premier event for thought leadership in MBA recruitment. You can share these tips with your network by clicking the "Tweet This" button. If you're interested in attending next year's event or any of our industry-specific Focus Forums this summer, please contact us today!




Ryan Pratt

Ryan Pratt is the Vice President of Marketing and Research at GradLeaders. During his 10+ years at GradLeaders, the network has grown to have now helped over 600,000 employers and 26,500,000 students from more than 1,000 schools around the world. Ryan graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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