With an average class size of about 175 students each year, our MBA program is one of the world’s most selective—and one of the best. Our students are exceptionally talented and diverse individuals who represent a wide range of backgrounds, industries, and experiences.
Recruiters have described our Vanderbilt MBA students as confident but humble, eager-to-learn team players, and creative thinkers. As one recruiter shared, “I think one of the things that makes Vanderbilt MBA students different is that they are their true selves. They are down-to-earth people.”
Employer partners can schedule recruiting touch-points (info session, coffee chats, interviews, etc.) Monday through Thursday during business hours (9:00AM – 5:00PM CT). The Employer Relations Recruiting team is also happy to work with you to build a schedule that fits your needs. We handle all logistics and scheduling and will thoroughly market your job opportunities to our students through our secure online job board. Use the following five steps to make recruiting at Vanderbilt easy:
1. Pick Your Dates
Our full-service career system—Vanderbilt Owen 12Twenty—makes it easy for you to request information session dates, provide us with your preferred interview dates and schedules, submit job descriptions, and manage other recruiting engagements. We encourage you to reference our recruiting calendar which will outline recruiting timelines, available date options, and also blocked dates, such as exam periods. Please login to our 12Twenty Vanderbilt Owen career system to make your various requests. The Employer Relations & Recruiting Team will review all of your requests in a timely manner and will be in touch as the events are confirmed.
2. Build a Company Presence and Promote Your Opportunities
Host an evening session to boost company brand awareness amongst Owen students. Information sessions are held Monday - Thursday from 6:00PM – 6:50PM or 7:00PM-7:50PM. Dates and time slots are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Request your information session dates through Vanderbilt Owen 12Twenty Career System You can further boost company branding by connecting with student clubs, holding virtual office hours, helping with “mock interviews,” getting to know students at a virtual networking event, putting a team of MBAs to work for your business with a class project, or collaborating with students in other innovative ways. Contact the Employer Relations & Recruiting Team with questions or more information.
Campus Branding Tips:
- Include senior management and recent Owen graduates from your organization in your company's presentations and networking events.
- Present your marketplace differentiation and highlight areas where you have an advantage over the competition.
- Share testimonials from employees about your MBA career paths and company culture.
- Paint a portrait of a "day-in-the-life" for the positions you are on campus to promote, including work locations, travel expectations, and other daily experiences.
- Make your session interactive and engaging with Q & A, video, and other multimedia.
3. Select Candidates to Interview
Prior to your interview date, you will receive a resume packet of all applicants who applied for your job posting(s). You may also source candidates from our free Vanderbilt MBA resume book. To access the book, log into Vanderbilt Owen 12Twenty and go to the “Resume Books” tab. Enter your selections in the OCI section in the career system or email your interview list to the Employer Relations & Recruiting Team. Be sure to include the names and titles of the interviewers who will attend.
4. Plan Your Campus Visit (In-Person or Virtual)
Let us walk you through the options so your visit is a breeze! A student CMC recruiter host will greet you upon arrival, usher the team to the correct location, help you test any presentation, and ensure the team is set for success.
5. Tips for Interview Day
At least one day prior to the interview day, you will receive a Recruiter Packet that includes your interview schedule and candidate resumes. The Employer Relations staff will be on hand throughout the day to ensure that all of your questions are answered and any technological/timing issues are addressed.