Recruiter Q&A: Coke

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This is part of an ongoing series of Q&As with recruiters from top MBA employers. This week we bring you edited excerpts of an e-mail exchange between Bloomberg Businessweek’s Erin Zlomek and Amanda Rosseter, senior manager of corporate media relations at Coca-Cola, who answered our questions after consulting with Coke’s human resources team. The Atlanta-based beverage maker expects to more than triple its MBA full-time hires and interns this year, compared with 2011.

Do you have a full-time hiring program that targets newly minted MBAs?

We started the University Talent Program in 2009. Through that, we recruit masters-level talent for full-time and summer associate positions. We hired 133 associates in 2011, 107 in 2010, and 59 in 2009.

What areas of your business will take on many of your new MBA hires over the next two to three years? Do you expect the total number of MBA hires to increase or decrease this year?

We see a need for MBAs in our finance, sales, product supply (supply chain), brand marketing, and HR functions.

We expect to take on over 40 full-time hires and interns from MBA programs this year, up from 13 in 2011.

Name some schools where you routinely recruit MBAs. Are there any new schools you’ll be visiting this year?

We are working with several new schools, including the Thunderbird School of Global Management, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, the University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business, and Purdue’s Krannert School of Management.

We routinely recruit from the MBA programs at Duke, Northwestern, Cornell, Michigan State, Emory, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Minnesota, and Ohio State.

What percentage of your MBA interns get full-time offers?

Our internship conversion rate is over 50 percent.

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