Employability and Business School Graduates: Corporate Recruiters Survey 2019

August 2019


This report presents survey findings from recruiters on the topic of employability, including what employers look for in hiring recent business school graduates, how they make their employment decisions, and how they judge business schools on preparing their graduates for success. The report is based on responses received from 1,202 employers in 45 countries worldwide who work directly with participating business schools.

Quick Facts

  • Employers overwhelmingly agree that business school graduates are prepared to be successful at their companies.
  • Problem solving and working with others are the skills that are the most important for the job openings recruiters plan to fill with business school graduates, and employers give business schools high marks for how well they prepare their graduates in these skills.
  • In making hiring decisions, recruiters tend to place more importance on fit—both with the company culture and the job opening—than on prior direct experience or growth potential.