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Joe Protopapa

The Most Important Skill Employers Value

by Joe Protopapa Monday, January 26, 2015

Understanding the value of an MBA and how prior work experience can play a role in your career prospects after graduation are only pieces of the overall job search process. 

According to the 2014 Corporate Recruiter Survey conducted by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), employers who recruit MBA talent look for more than academic achievement when evaluating a potential new hire. The survey asked hiring managers to rank the importance of communication, teamwork, technical, leadership, and managerial skills. Communication skills ranked as the most important skill set for new MBA hires- namely oral communication skills.

Employers actually ranked communication skills as “twice as important as managerial skills”.

The results of the survey go on to show adaptability, quantitative analysis, integrity, and the ability to manage the decision-making process as the most desirable skills. To read more, go to

The hiring outlook for MBA graduates remains high, but where you fall on the spectrum of desirable candidates depends on more than just having the MBA degree. Consider the skills employers value when determining which MBA program is right for you. Will an MBA lead you to your career goals and if so, which one will help you develop these desirable skills?