2009 Corporate Recruiters Survey Report

2009 Corporate Recruiters Survey

This survey examines the job market for graduate business students as well as employer needs and expectations of graduate business school applicants.


This report provides a holistic view of the 2009 Corporate Recruiters survey results. Conducted annually since 2002, this survey of corporate recruiters who hire business graduates gauges employer expectations, gathers information that employers can use to develop recruiting and hiring plans, and provides comprehensive data to business school professionals for benchmarking purposes. Topics include hiring projections in a deepening recession, obtaining MBA talent, and combating the crisis.

This survey examines the hiring trends for graduate from MBA, Masters in Management, and specialized master’s programs.

Data reflect the responses of 2,825 participants representing 2,092 companies in 63 countries; 147 of them being Fortune 500 companies.

Quick Facts

  • Demand for MBA graduates remained strong in the sectors of consulting, health care and pharmaceuticals, and energy and utilities.
  • The value of an MBA degree seems undiminished with 98% of respondents happy with their MBA employees.
  • Student quality was the employer’s number one school selection criteria.