The New Criterion for MBA Admissions

For prospective MBAs, it's never too early to start thinking about that postdegree job. With company recruiters becoming ever more selective, B-school admissions departments are taking a closer look at how easily candidates will be able to parlay their education into a job come graduation. That means, among others, that they're seeking out candidates who have developed a workable career plan along with polished interview skills and a killer résumé. While admissions officers have always favored these qualities, increasingly—as the job market tightens—they're demanding them.

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