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Does B-school Rank Influence Recruitment Decision?
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Chrm Message From: lieu Total Posts: 38 Join Date: 18/10/2006
Rank: Executive Post Date: 20/03/2007 10:27:34 Points: 190 Location: United States


I have been a member of this group for quite sometime.I do believe this group which has HR Professionals across globe, associated with it, would definitely help me in finding a answer to this question...

Does B-school rank influence recruitment decision ?

I often come across alot of job postings, where it is typically mentioned that the employer is looking for an MBA from premier institute....

I also do belive that this could be a easy way to filter the applications, but i myself have heard of incidents wherein the applications have been rejected on the basis of the college they have passed even for a Management Trainee postions....

A simple question to the HR fraternity...... Does talent gets nurtured only at the top B-schools ??



Chrm Message From: tara Total Posts: 49 Join Date: 18/10/2006  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 21/03/2007 11:25:27 Points: 245 Location: United States

Your question is quite valid. But the issue is not the entry process, its what happens after the exit process.

Getting in to IIMs not only needs brains but also some financial denominators, If someone who hasn't got that SUPER DAD to spend for him , does that mean he is NUTS and remain that way for the entire life.

I opt out here people who get into IIM with their self earned money , I really appreciate them for their hardwork.

The only point of deliberation here is "Please do not deny an opportunity for a deserving candidate, Just because he hasn't got that Hyper tag on him". Sometimes, people are not even willing to see the resume of other candidates. WHY??

I do have a very honest respect for all IIMs, XLRIs, and other B- Schools. Infact, I did write my entrance for both CAT and XL, but unfortunately I didn't have the brains to compete then and would fail miserably even now :-)

Warm Regards


Chrm Message From: Dr.Jha Total Posts: 26 Join Date: 18/10/2006  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 21/03/2007 11:28:59 Points: 130 Location: United States

Personally, I don't think the ranking of B-School would be into consideration. To be very frank, I don't believe in the ranking system.

If I am evaluating a candidate, the following things are the ones I look at:

.1. Conceptual Knowledge (with industry example)
.2. Attitude
.3. Creativity (thinking & doing differently)
.4. Vibrant & Active

But, there are biggies (organisation) where they do take in only people from premier institutes and some say its the company policy.

Interestingly, in big organisations the kind of profile is very vote would go for targetting small blue chip companies, where you can have an illustrious starting....


Dr. Jha

Chrm Message From: jigar Total Posts: 61 Join Date: 18/10/2006  
Rank: Manager Post Date: 21/03/2007 11:31:19 Points: 305 Location: United States

Thatz a valid question indeed. We have also gone about hiring people from top institutes and ISB, one of the top Bschools in India.

That is not to say that all our managers are from the top B schools, we have a blend of people from top B schools and people with good experience and expertise in the industry, with us. There are advantages and disadvantages of hiring people from top B schools, the advantages would be excellent comm skills, process oriented & dynamic approach, so on and so forth..... but, there are a few disadvantages too, viz., exorbitant pay package, a few of them have the " I know everythin, coz I come from a top B school"

Though a few companies really stick to the Top B School concept, most of them would be open to hire a candidate with excellent subject knowledge and work experience. It depends upon the requirement of the hiring company.

Chrm Message From: amarjeet Total Posts: 40 Join Date: 18/10/2006  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 23/03/2007 10:29:47 Points: 200 Location: United States

Hello Team,

When you talk about options, all have the option of getting into B schools like the IIM's. But not all make it. But does it mean that they are lesser intelligent, smart, effective, efficient, etc than those who make it to the IIM's. I guess thats not true. So why discreminate the deserving students, who unfortunately do not make it to the Top B schools. The reasons may vary. But as many people say "you have to hire for attitude". How far is this true? If that is true then does it mean that if I make it to the IIM's my attitude is the best to suit any kind of industry. I dont think so.

May be till date 'from a top B school' has been taken as a criteria while recruiting. But its high time that such a thing has to change.

Why can't recruitment be done on more solid basis. The criteria's have to be clearly defined. Come up with ways of selecting the best candidate and not make a degree from Top B school and A / B grade B school determine the best candidate.

This mail is written with all due respect to all Top B school graduates. Well done guys. You deserve what you get. But I dont think that should mean that others do not deserve as much as you deserve.

Any more to add their views..


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