Top 15 takeaways from the 2013 Technology Focus Forum


As the thought leader in MBA recruitment, MBA Focus was proud to host three industry-specific Focus Forums this summer, where the leading business schools and employers gathered to debate issues, share best practices, and participate in moderated discussions on key topics. At this year’s Technology Focus Forum, co-hosted by Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, nearly 50 attendees gathered to share ideas and network with other thought leaders in the industry. With a common goal to effectively match MBAs with their dreams jobs and employers with the talent they need, the willingness to share and open dialogue at these events makes it possible for everyone to succeed. If you were not able to attend the 2013 Technology Focus Forum, make sure you don’t miss out on any of the great content shared.

Here are the top 15 takeaways from this year's event:

  • MBA recruiting is much different than recruiting other candidates because of their significant investment in their career and the rigorous admissions process that limits the types of candidates who can even get into a graduate business school.
  • Gamification is becoming really useful for companies recruiting in the tech industry.
  • Companies who hire internationally get a bigger turnout at events because of the buzz about the breadth of opportunities.
  • Of top 20 MBA employers, technology firms have the largest footprint.
  • Technology is shrinking the global economy.
  • Google hires mental athletes who can zig & zag.
  • The best presentations are not led by recruiters but by practitioners within the business (alumni). Someone who can answer detailed questions, who has lived the journey.
  • "We are in the business of HOPE. Students hope to get their dream job. Companies hope to hire dream talent."
  • Company values and culture are VERY important.
  • Students want authentic, genuine and passionate company representatives at school events.
  • When emailing candidates about opportunities – specify what about them personally makes them a great fit.
  • Events at which candidates can have direct interaction with company representatives are much better. If an event is too large, it’s not as meaningful.
  • Candidates want a point person to follow up with after applying to a company. Keep the lines of communication open.
  • Keys to recruiting MBAs in the technology industry:
    • clearly defined career path, job content, and recruiting process
    • explain how the MBA can make a difference in your company
    • culture and value match
    • personalized recruiting experience
  • Only 10% of MBA jobs are filled from job postings.

Did we miss any? Comment below if you have any takeaways or best practices to add to our list!



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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