We used data from recruiters industries with the most responses. That resulted in a slightly smaller sample than the one used for our rankings
(From 1,461 recruiters in 26 industries, to 1,251 recruiters in 11 industries).
To qualify to take our survey, respondents had to have recent MBA recruiting experience. We also asked them to pick, from a list of 14 skills, the five most important, and the five hardest to find, when recruiting MBAs. We also asked them to identify up to 10 schools at which they had significant recruiting experience in the last five years.
Recruiters then rated, on a scale of one to five, how well these schools’ graduates performed on the specific skills they identified. These scores comprise the findings in this report.
We define “sweet spots” as the skills that the largest numbers of recruiters within each industry listed as both highly desired and hard to find.
It is common for MBA alumni to take up the task of recruiting from their alma mater for their employer. However, alumni tended to rate their own school significantly more favorably than non-alumni rating that school; while some schools in our rankings had many alumni in the employer survey, others had zero. To correct for this imbalance, we excluded alumni ratings from this report.