Creating Effective Job Descriptions

Consider the job description carefully. Organizations that provide detailed job descriptions and concise, factual information about the organization tend to attract more applicants.

  • Provide as much information as you can about the position responsibilities, location, and to whom the position reports. Indicate if it is a leadership or rotational program and explain the program.
  • Indicate that an MBA is preferred; GSB students are typically not interested in jobs that undergrads are eligible for. Mention if any Stanford GSB alumni are hiring managers or senior-level executives.
  • Be sure to select the appropriate work authorization requirement. Selecting a less restrictive work authorization requirement will give you access to a broader candidate pool.
  • Verify that all contact information is correct.
  • Include the type of interview (case, behavioral, technical, group, panel) your organization will be using.
  • Provide information regarding first- and second-round interviews including timeline, call back dates and locations.
  • Share information about your company's culture such as its mission and values.
  • View your posting by clicking "view as candidate" after creating it to spot any formatting errors.
  • If a job was posted a while ago but is still open, consider refreshing its date by resaving the posting. Students are more likely to consider recent postings.
  • Check that you have specified the correct job functions and regions, since students search for postings using these parameters. To select more than one option, hold down the CTRL or CMD key while clicking. Please be sure to use the job region standards set by the MBA Career Services Council; see below.

Standard US Job Regions

Northeast (except New York City) Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island Vermont
New York City

Mid-Atlantic Washington DC, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia
Midwest Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Northwest Washington, Oregon, Idaho
South Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
Southwest Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Other West

Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming

San Francisco Bay Area
Southern California
Other Northern California (except SF Bay Area)

U.S. Possessions and Territories American Samoa, Palau, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Palau