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Article :: "Why You Should Leave ‘M.B.A.’ Off Your Card"

Quite an interesting article about why people with an MBA should not state it

on their business cards…

Q: I am a recent M.B.A. graduate, but people like me in engineering and certain other nonbusiness fields are not usually perceived as possessing strong business, financial or managerial expertise. I would think that a low-key display of an M.B.A. degree on a business card could serve as a subtle reminder of a person’s capabilities. Would such a practice be viewed as petty braggadocio, or is it a reasonable way to display one’s credentials and achievements?

—Steven W. Jones, Champaign, Ill.

A: Listing M.B.A. credentials on a business card certainly isn’t common practice and may even be frowned upon. For one thing, the explosive growth of M.B.A. programs has made the degree less distinctive and noteworthy. It also doesn’t carry the same weight as, say, a medical, law or Ph.D. degree.

“I wouldn’t recommend it to our students,” says Joyce Rothenberg, director of the career management center at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management in Tennessee. “While an important professional degree, it is not like a certification or a license.”

No doubt, some recruiters and business associates would regard it as pretentious to put “M.B.A.” on your business card. Even worse, an M.B.A. designation on the card could send the wrong message. “When we see it, it signals to us that the person might not be running around in highly professional circles,” says Lisa Steele, a director at the Capstone Partnership, an executive-search firm in New York, and an M.B.A. graduate herself. “If you have a strong professional and academic track record, the M.B.A. will speak for itself — no reason to broadcast it to the world.”

While some recruiters say they wouldn’t find it offensive if an applicant added the letters M.B.A. to a business card, they still believe it could be overkill. “It would not be considered petty or bragging to include the M.B.A. qualification on a business card,” says Kristina Peters, a managing director and global head of graduate recruiting at Deutsche Bank. “However, it is also not necessarily required, as inclusion on a CV should be sufficient.”

Julia Zupko, senior associate director of career services at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, agrees that advertising an M.B.A. on a business card is unnecessary. “The business skills attained via an M.B.A. should be evident in one’s work or conversations,” she says.

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Interesting article about 15 interview questions that were asked during interviews in Google:

  1. How many golf balls can fit in a school bus?

  2. How much should you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle?

  3. In a country in which people only want boys…every family continues to have children until they have a boy. If they have a girl, they have another child. If they have a boy, they stop. What is the proportion of boys to girls in the country?

  4. How many piano tuners are there in the entire world?

  5. Why are manhole covers round?

  6. Design an evacuation plan for San Francisco

  7. How many times a day does a clock’s hands overlap?

  8. Explain the significance of “dead beef”

  9. A man pushed his car to a hotel and lost his fortune. What happened?

  10. You need to check that your friend, Bob, has your correct phone number…, but you cannot ask him directly. You must write the question on a card which and give it to Eve who will take the card to Bob and return the answer to you. What must you write on the card, besides the question, to ensure Bob can encode the message so that Eve cannot read your phone number?

  11. You’re the captain of a pirate ship…and your crew gets to vote on how the gold is divided up. If fewer than half of the pirates agree with you, you die. How do you recommend apportioning the gold in such a way that you get a good share of the booty, but still survive?

  12. You have eight balls all of the same size…7 of them weigh the same, and one of them weighs slightly more. How can you find the ball that is heavier by using a balance and only two weighings?

  13. You are given 2 eggs…You have access to a 100-story building. Eggs can be very hard or very fragile means it may break if dropped from the first floor or may not even break if dropped from 100th floor. Both eggs are identical. You need to figure out the highest floor of a 100-story building an egg can be dropped without breaking. The question is how many drops you need to make. You are allowed to break 2 eggs in the process.

  14. Explain a database in three sentences to your eight-year-old nephew.

  15. You are shrunk to the height of a nickel… and your mass is proportionally reduced so as to maintain your original density. You are then thrown into an empty glass blender. The blades will start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do?


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