"It's the ability to articulate a little bit about yourself, to introduce yourself and then to present yourself in a few sentences that are clear that help the recruiter understand who you are, how you might fit in, how you might align with the recruiter's interests or needs," says Starr.
3. Talk to second-years: At Rady, second-year students host sessions where they discuss where they interned and how they got their positions with first-year students, says Starr. MBA candidates in their second year are "one of your simplest, easiest resources," she says.
If a business school doesn't have a formal event for this kind of interaction, Starr encourages new MBAs to seek out upperclassmen who may be able to advise them.
4. Sharpen extracurricular activities: In almost every concentration, there's a club that caters to a student's interests, experts say. "There are consulting clubs and marketing clubs or finance clubs," says Jack Gainer, CEO of MBA Focus, which connects companies – such as General Mills, Procter & Gamble and Microsoft – with MBA candidates from more than 75 schools.
Participating in clubs can help demonstrate leadership skills, Gainer says, which can attract an employer's attention. It can also have other benefits.
"It shows that there is team participation," says Barclay.
MBA candidates should also be focused on their activities outside of the classroom, as they can be just as important.
Barclay says a student interested in the tech industry, for example, should be prepared to have recruiters ask "What are your three favorite apps?" and "Have you created an app?"
Employers want to know "that a student has a deep interest in that company and industry," he says.
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