The survey results reveal that more recruiters are hiring in 2004; only 12% of recruiters polled this year are unable to hire MBA grads, compared to 23% in 2003. Additionally, fewer recruiters (50% in 2004 vs. 69% in 2002) are blaming the economy for limiting their hiring, according to GMAC.
The top three jobs this year remain unchanged from that of previous years:
- Finance (62% of recruiters hiring)
- Marketing (49% of recruiters hiring)
- Accounting (30% of recruiters hiring)
Marketing, in which hiring increased 15% over last year, is the industry with the greatest increase since 2002, a total of 18%, compared to moderate growth seen in both accounting and finance.
Recruiters polled by GMAC said the three most important qualities in a new hire are
- strong communication and interpersonal skills
- a proven ability to perform
- a cultural fit with the company
A total of 1,300 recruiters representing 1,004 companies worldwide participated in the survey.