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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: hr.hitesh Total Posts: 32 Join Date: 18/10/2006  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 23/03/2007 10:32:07 Points: 160 Location: United States

My thoughts on the captioned subject are as follows:

This B-School tag is not only applicable for MBA’s, etc but if you put the same in other context for eg – Why preferably company’s recruit Accountants as CAs from ICAI. Why not any Bcom or Mcom or with a different accounting degree with relevant experience?

I have come across many CAs who may be good at bookish knowledge but when coming to performance or dealing with staff below them they are miserable. So is the case with B-Schools.

What I would give more weightage is towards the potential candidates attitude, aptitude, learning style and job knowledge. In one sentence, whether he has relevant competencies vis a vis the job position.



Chrm Message From: troger Total Posts: 21 Join Date: 18/10/2006  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 23/03/2007 10:34:00 Points: 105 Location: United States

Dear Colleagues,
I was involved in selection process for one of the best Indian Industrial Organisation and my experience influences me to share with you that qualification matters only during the entry level. We selected D Phil, Ph D, MBA, CA, LL B MA even BA.

We are proud to tell you that many of them have grown as well known business leaders in India. Interestingly those who left this Great Business House - many of them are teaching at the HBS, Wharton, Boston, Columbia, Stearn - NYU and serving World Bank

- current Chief Economist of the IMF is from the same SERVICE. Some of them have joined the Civil Services and we also have an Film Director who had left the Service to pursue his dream.

We never discriminated between D Phil Ph D MBA or CA or LL B or BA.

My experience again influences me to tell you that once you select them you please treat them equally and ensure that they have enough avenues to perform, learn and grow.

It is important that the organisation behaves as a open and learning organisation, which is capable of not only attracting and nurturing talent but also is adept at retaining the talent.

With Respects,


Chrm Message From: archanahr Total Posts: 29 Join Date: 18/10/2006  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 23/03/2007 10:35:22 Points: 145 Location: United States

To find an answer to the question raised, we need to see education in a different perspective. Classroom education is nothing but years of life's experiences structured and compressed for easier learning.

Japan is a great example of hiring freshers at entry level (very little lateral recruitments happen) and then banking on a great (institutionalised) system of people development by a mix of OJT and classroom training by inhouse faculty. All small businesses follow
the similar route for their people.

We would have lesser union and labour unrest as well as higher productivity, if we created one entry level and ensured contineous learning and growth for all.

Chrm Message From: shaolin Total Posts: 28 Join Date: 18/10/2006  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 23/03/2007 10:36:54 Points: 140 Location: United States

Yes, I guess the bottom line of this discussion is not to bias candidates during our selection process on basis of their "institute" background.

I have seen other organisations do so & reject well deserving candidates on account of their institute background.

I guess, as a HR professional, we have to keep this point on our mind, while we recruit. Our endeavour should be to hire the right candidate for the role.


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