Graduate Management News

July 2016

The Newsletter of the Graduate Management Admission Council

Research Insights: July 2016 Featured Content

Stay ahead of the latest industry trends by reading this month’s featured content from GMAC Research Services.

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Check out this month’s featured content below.



Insights IR

Integrated Reasoning: Critical Skills for Today’s Business Environment

Business school prepares students to evaluate, synthesize, organize, and combine data sources for employers that demand these skills.

July 12, 2016

GMAC introduced the Integrated Reasoning (IR) section to the GMAT exam in June 2012. Since the launch of IR, GMAC Research Services has conducted multiple studies of the prevalence of IR skills taught in business school curricula, the level of employer demand for job candidates with demonstrated IR skills, and alumni career outcomes for those who use IR skills regularly on the job. Read more.

Insights Softskills

Are Soft Skills Teachable?

Survey responses from alumni show soft skill development is a key learning outcome of a graduate management education.

July 7, 2016

Business school corporate recruiters consistently say that when it comes to hiring newly minted business school graduates, they are looking for candidates with soft skills. Our 2016 Alumni Perspectives Survey shows that more than 3 in 4 alumni agree that their graduate management education advanced their soft skills. Read more.

Insights Org Fit

Employers Rank Organizational Fit Most Important in Evaluating Potential New Hires

All-new data from corporate recruiters shed light on the performance traits and abilities that set candidates apart.

June 30, 2016

As a part of the 2016 Corporate Recruiters Survey, employers ranked a candidate’s ability to fit within an organizational culture as the most important factor to consider when evaluating recent business school graduates to hire. What does it mean to fit within an organizational culture, and why is it so important? Read more.