How To Fix The MBA Recruiting Process

This answer by Laura Parker, an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business, originally appeared on Quora as an answer to the question: What are some common mistakes people make when job hunting? 1. Not having enough leads going at the same time I went to the career office to get assistance when I was looking for a job and the advisor suggested I actively follow up on 40 leads/positions. I was so shocked — that seemed like a lot. Granted it was during the abysmal 2009 economy, but you need to have a lot of irons in the fire. 2. Not doing enough research on the company Read recent articles and press releases, know about recent product launches, or shifts in top leadership, understand what major moves their competitors have made, and know if they have done any recent acquisitions. And think about how those things could affect the department and role that you are interviewing for. 3. Not doing a Google/LinkedIn search on the people you are interviewing with It shows true interest and is probably expected. It may give you something in common to talk about — maybe you both worked at the same company before, or have colleagues in common. It can help you make a strong connection. 4. Not reaching out to your network — and following up It is the most important thing that you get a job, but it might not be the most important thing to your well-intentioned friend. Make sure you follow up if they said they’d help you or connect you with someone, because it could easily slip their mind. 5. Not following up promptly with a thank you I have interviewed many people in my life and I...