Why a MBA / Leadership Development Program (vs. direct hire)?
Personal growth. Broad view of the company. Visibility and positioning. Natural internal networking.
What are the key advantages / disadvantages of being on a MBA / Leadership Development Program?
The LDP is only as good as the administering company. You must respect and trust the company and their LDP if it is to be worth your while.
How does the MBA / Leadership Development Program fit in your career goals?
Challenge and grow with increasing roles of responsibility. Broadening and rounding out experience.
How strongly did you weight the location of the program?
Very little if any bearing whatsoever for me personally. The area seemed nice, which was sufficient for a good Leadership Development Program.
What to look for in a MBA / Leadership Development Program?
A crisp understanding of the LDP and post-program development, in line with your career aspirations and goals. Look for the Program to be supported fervently management at the company. Confirm positive experiences of LDP alumni.
Can you summarize the recruiting process you went through and how long it took?
Over the course of one to two weeks: Behavioral interview with recruiter; Caliper personality test; On-site interviews consisting of 1-hour writing exercise, 1-hour case interview, and 1-hour behavioral interview with a break for lunch. Feedback provided within a month.
What were the required skillsets and prior experience and how were they evaluated (behavioral interviews, case studies, assessment center, panel interview, etc)?
Recognizable MBA. Meaningful work experience. Intellectual capacity. Cultural fit (e.g. hard-working, committed, loyal, flexible, integrity, teamwork). Assessment methods specified in previous question and answer.
What advice and tips can you share with those interested in MBA Development Programs?
Know what you're looking for and know what it is that you're getting into. Find what's right for you and give it everything you've got.