Research & Trends Committee: Recruiter Benchmarking Survey

This survey is typically conducted every other year. The purpose is to analyze recruiting processes among current and potential employer members, including staff size and means of recruiting. The survey is administered by an external research firm or contractor. The process for survey creation to completion is as follows:

  • Employer members of the committee (as well as school members, if needed) and the Executive Director review the previous year’s survey and makes notes regarding any changes or edits. If there are no employer members on the committee, other employer members should be engaged for this short-term project.
  • The firm makes the edits and creates a draft survey for review.
  • The committee makes additional edits if needed, and the Executive Director approves the survey for distribution.
  • The firm finalizes the survey and distributes it to the membership. The Executive Director provides them with a list of member schools for distribution. If desired, the survey can also be sent to prospective employer members to increase participation. The firm also creates the initial communication that is sent to the membership, which is reviewed by the Executive Director before distribution.
  • The Executive Director sends additional communications to the membership to encourage participation, including through social media. The committee conducts additional follow-ups, if deemed necessary. 
  • The firm provides regular updates on the number of participants, and conducts phone and email individual outreach as needed. 
  • Once the survey is closed, the results are compiled by the firm. The committee reviews the results and provides insight into the full report and Executive Summary, which are prepared by the firm.
  • The firm sends members a link to view the interactive portal where comparisons can be made (note: the portal is only available if there are enough respondents to justify breakdown of the data).The Executive Director also sends an email to all schools who completed the survey, with a reminder about how to access the results. 
  • The Executive Summary is added to the web site, and distributed to all members and the media  by the Executive Director. 
  • If possible and deemed necessary, a webinar is created and recorded so members may be educated on how to interpret and effectively utilize the data.
The full results of the survey and access to an online portal with additional comparisons can be conducted are only provided to the schools that participate in the survey. This serves as an incentive to participate. An Executive Summary is prepared by the firm and distributed to the full membership, as well as added to the MBA CSEA web sites. Non-participating schools may purchase the full survey report through their online account at at a price approved by the board, but only survey participants receive access to the online portal.

Executive Summary results from past surveys are availalbe on the MBA CSEA web site.