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GM innovative? When it comes to student hiring, yes.

GM hasn't exactly done much to further its reputation for innovation in the past few years, but there's one area where the company has shown a surprising willingness to try innovative new approaches: student recruiting. Recognizing that the traditional approach of sending recruiters on campus visits and then hiring those who could best recite their pre-rehearsed stories during interviews was not necessarily the most effective way to find the talent they needed, GM has taken a new approach of…


Added by Jon Reifschneider on July 25, 2010 at 1:38pm — No Comments

MBA Recruiting Picking Up Just in Time for Recent Grads

Several weeks ago an apparent uptick in just-in-time MBA hiring was reported as graduation came and went for many students. Now, well into the summer, it appears that this uptick has become a trend, with a number of sources reporting steady increases in MBA recruiting. A recently released survey by the MBA Career Services Council indicated that 38% of U.S. business schools noticed an increase in on-campus university recruiting activities for…


Added by Jon Reifschneider on July 13, 2010 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Why unpaid student internships are usually a bad idea

At 31Projects (, we strongly support the principal that students should be paid fairly for the value they create for organizations. Even though money is typically not students’ primary motivation for participating in projects, we ensure that project sponsors compensate students fairly for the time and effort the students put into their project.

There’s been a decent amount of discussion in the press lately…


Added by Jon Reifschneider on June 8, 2010 at 5:12pm — No Comments

What hiring managers & recruiters can learn from buying a car

I recently bought a used car, and the buying experience got me thinking about how it compares to the decision a hiring manager makes to employ a new MBA or masters graduate. Both decisions involve purchases of expensive items where the up-front cost represents just a small portion of the lifetime cost of the decision. Yet despite the similarities, the decision-making process is typically very different.

When you go to a dealership to look at a used car, you typically get…


Added by Jon Reifschneider on May 11, 2010 at 11:23pm — 1 Comment


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