Saturday, February 26, 2005

I had a long conversation today with a prospective student's boyfriend who used to be a recruiter for an ACC football team. As he was describing the difficulty in choosing athletes it occured to me that companies face very similar issues to college or pro football teams. In both cases you're choosing between essentially equally-qualified applicants where desire and fit will make a much greater difference in long-term success than the marginal skills of one person over another. Of course, you always have the superstars who are no-brainers, but those are few and far between. Since football teams spend a lot of money and still get it wrong, I don't have much hope that the MBA recruiting process will ever be much more than a crapshoot.

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