MBA News: HBS Students Getting But Not Accepting Offers?

As the recession continues to worsen, the long knives seem to be coming out for HBS grads, with the Daily Telegraph and Bloomberg piling on and taking jabs (or stabs) at HBS alums. While this trend may be affecting egos at HBS (or perhaps not), it does not appear to be affecting the number of job offers students are receiving. Despite the economic turmoil, roughly 90% of second-year students at HBS have received job offers at this time, down only slightly from last year, according to the Harvard Crimson.

However, if one scratches beneath the surface, the picture becomes less rosy. An HBS job board has seen 27% fewer postings this year, and less than 50% of students have accepted their offers, leading to the logical conclusion that this year’s grads are either lacking leverage or receiving offers in areas in which they are not all that interested.

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