While most MBA hopefuls expect their employability and salary to rise after earning a degree, some business schools are turning the tables on applicants. Career and placement representatives are sitting in on the applicant review process and, in some cases, trying to weed out applicants who might have above-average difficulty in finding a job after graduation.
For example, for an applicant with a stated interest in consulting, she may pay particular attention to whether he or she can manage ambiguity. She also seeks out candidates with strong interviews and leadership potential, a plus in both classroom and corporate realms.
While in one respect this seems like a way to boost each school's placement stats, it may also benefit students who have unrealistic expectations. Even elite MBA degrees aren't an automatic ticket to success, particularly if the student is focused on a single career path.
What do you think - self-serving for the schools, or a benefit to all?