Gauging Recruitment

May 15 2013 Published by under Recruitment

Since recruitment season is coming to a close for most of us (not our lazy asses) I wanted to see how everyone's efforts went with attracting new students to your programs.  Our results have been tepid at best but this doesn't reflect a lack of effort on our part.  In fact I would say we poured in a ton of efforts and brought in more students for interviews than we have ever.  Despite all this we are getting recruitment numbers that are in line with when we are lazy and didn't give two shits.  Some of the problem is the format of our recruitment and interviewing process but I think that is being discussed in-house and should change (hopefully) soon.

So folks, how did it go this year? Did you see the numbers you wanted to?  I know with the funding situation it's getting tight, but did you get as many as you wanted and what was your thoughts on the quality of the applicants?

5 responses so far

  • NatC says:

    Hard for me to say, since I have no experience with what is "normal". But according to others, we had a pretty standard distribution and acceptance rate.

    One of my senior colleagues said during recruitment "Recruitment doesn't matter. The ones who are going to come, come regardless of what we do, and the ones that don't come, don't come. A few are on the fence and almost none of the decisions are about recruitment events".

  • DrugMonkey says:

    Fewer students? Good!

  • darchole says:

    Well when your uni is either the place of last resort or people are just applying to it because they want to say they graduated from s0-and-s0, rates usually aren't that good to begin with. But my understanding is both the rates of people applying and accepting an offer have been way down on my uni. Like 50% done from about 10 years ago.

  • Katy says:

    I have a question from the perspective of a student. I was just accepted into a Ph.D. program in biomedical sciences. I found out that the program accepted ~40 students this year when previous years have accepted ~30. With funding the way it is, why would a program take more students? We will do rotations to choose a lab, but from talking to professors, it sounds like it's going to be pretty competitive to even get the rotations I want, not to mention getting into a lab I want. Do you think they're trying to weed people out during the rotations? Or hoping that by accepting more students there is more chance of getting the best students and the best fits for different research groups?

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