Higher education has always been a highlighted talk when it comes to corporate hiring. Most recruiters seek all-rounder candidates who fit into the picture of an ideal employee having a firm subject matter expertise. Being in the industry for over a decade now, I have been fortunate to witness the changing trends around post-graduation. In today’s age, pursuing an MBA and inculcating the essence of the degree has become a crucial factor that makes you stand apart from the rest in the eyes of the recruiter.
In all these years, I have seen the competitive spirit amongst candidates growing by leaps and bounds. While academic excellence takes you to the interview phase, you must back yourself with essential skills that shoot up your overall chances of getting hired.
Today, I have put together a comprehensive list of all the top-notch MBA skills that most recruiters hunt for and base their final decision on. Let’s dive in!
A quality that is in high demand by employers is interpersonal skills. This includes being a good listener, as well as understanding other people’s feelings and needs. It also means being able to demonstrate kindness and empathy. Even if you are not the type of person who is naturally outgoing or social, developing these skills will allow you to be successful in any number of careers.
As a business owner, you’re responsible for communicating with employees and clients, as well as handling any communications that come in from the outside. When it comes to hiring, employers care a lot about this skill because they need people who can communicate easily and effortlessly with colleagues, clients, and bosses. A prospective employer will be looking for candidates who can confidently make themselves understood in a variety of ways–through email, on the phone, in person, and even through presentations.
People skills are crucial for a successful manager. Leaders should be able to provide feedback and direction, as well as inspire others. They must also possess the ability to lead through difficult times and maintain a confident demeanor at all times. They need to be decisive, ethical, and accountable. I believe that leadership also stems from firm decision-making. Always be decisive, and even if it turns out to be a wrong call, make sure to make things right and control possible damage.
Strategic Thinking and Planning Abilities
A strategic person always thinks before they act. You might have noticed that many successful entrepreneurs have this trait because they need to make decisions quickly. However, they also know when to take their time, so they don’t make rash decisions or get trapped in what is currently happening in the market.
If you plan to join a larger organization, an entrepreneurial outlook is an asset. If you are looking to start your own company, these skills will help you get the job done. The ability to think critically and analytically is key for both types of positions. These skills, which include problem-solving and decision-making, are all about using the information available to make sound decisions.
Entrepreneurial skills like initiative and leadership are also valuable assets in any job because they show that you can take on responsibility and motivate others to work as hard as possible. With these skills, you can tackle any problem that comes your way.
Many employers are looking for candidates who have a variety of technical skills. In fact, many companies are willing to train people and hire them without experience. They need employees who can get up and running quickly. I always tend to place high regard on solid technical skills. During the initial years of my career, I had close interactions with students who attributed their professional success to the technical skills they possessed. Interestingly, it stays true till this point in time, through all these years!
Project & Time Management Skills
For many employers, project management skills are key. You will need to demonstrate that you can manage multiple projects at the same time while meeting deadlines and budgets. It’s also important to show that you can organize yourself and create an efficient workflow.
Employers also look for people who know how to budget their time well. This includes understanding how much time it takes to complete a given task as well as when your most productive periods are. Many companies require employees to work long hours, so it is important for employers to know whether or not a candidate has the ability to self-manage their day effectively in order to meet deadlines and perform well overall.
I cannot stress enough the demand for candidates who know how to effectively work in a team. Employees can only go so far while working alone, and thus, one must inculcate teamwork skills to achieve greater heights. MBA degrees are focused on nurturing students and making them comfortable while working as a team. This pays a lot when you finally land up in a professional landscape and thus stay high on the things that recruiters look for.
An MBA course is made to nurture your skillset and bring them to par with global standards. Being familiar with the international culture and understanding how to embrace the possible differences is essential to expand operations overseas. Thus, recruiters often fancy looking for candidates that show cross-cultural competency.
Innovative and adaptable mindset
An innovative and adaptable mindset is one of the most important skills that employers look for. This skill can help you to be successful in any industry, not just the business world. It is also a great skill to have if you want to start your own company or work in an organization as a leader. An innovative mindset means that you can think outside of the box and come up with new ideas for how to do things better or more efficiently.
This skill will also help you with dealing with changing circumstances, such as when customers demand a new product or service. You should apply this skill at every stage of your career because it is essential for success in the business world today.
The top MBA colleges in India are focused on helping their students understand the nuances of the MBA course while preparing them for the future. BIMTECH is one such student-focused business school that places supreme emphasis on the overall excellence of its students.
With great pride, BIMTECH is now AACSB accredited and counts amongst 5% of the world’s business schools. I take immense pride in being associated with this exceptional college and strongly believe that all these skills must reflect in the candidate who wishes to secure a role in the established companies of the world!
About The Author
Prof. Rajeev Sharma is the professor in the area of Operations Management & Decision Sciences at Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida. Prof. Rajeev, being the head of Centre for Corporate Relations, is a qualified cost and management accountant. He has 12 years of experience as an industrial practitioner and over 12 years of experience as a seasoned academician. He has worked on several research papers while being honored with distinguished awards and recognitions.