Coyle received an MPA (master's in public administration) from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a BA in biological anthropology from Harvard College. Coyle spoke with BusinessWeek Online reporter Mica Schneider, who hosted the online chat.
Q: How does your recruiting experience lend itself to MBA admissions?
A: For the past five years, I've worked on several [executive] searches at once, and at McKinsey, I saw how the company made decisions about where to recruit. I had to sift through thousands of r?sum?s to get down to hundreds of people to interview. That experience helps me because I have the employer's perspective [when I look at applications]. I know how to look at a r?sum? and what employers are looking for. That's important in admissions at a professional school. Academics are a big part, but so are someone's career prospects.
Typically -- and on our staff -- admissions officers come from all sorts of backgrounds, so we can all use our perspectives when we're reading an application or interviewing applicants. One person might have a question about [an applicant's] work experience, and someone else will say, "I was in that industry, and that experience is a positive thing."
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