/ Asked by Bernardo
I am deciding between two schools for graduate studies in Materials Science and Engineering. How much do companies pay attention to engineering rankings? Would potential employers/hiring managers care more about the engineering rankings or more about the name of the school? Would this depend on the industry or role as well? For example, would the answer to this question depend on if I went into a technical role or a consulting role? Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Answered by Dustin, Hiring Expert at HP Inc., on Tuesday, April 22, 2014
While an individual schools ranking is not a final decision maker when it comes to a job offer, a school with a strong reputation, history of academic rigor and a track record of producing strong graduates can certainly benefit your post-grad job prospects. I strongly encourage prospective students to visit the career services department at any school or program they are considering for attendance to learn more about placement statistics, salary information, and companies that traditionally recruit on campus. 
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, April 25, 2014
Companies will take into consideration the rankings of a particular school when deciding from what schools to recruit, but it is not the only factor.  The other factors that companies tend to look at are diversity potential of the school, the success (i.e. promotability) of past hires from that school, their ability to influence curriculum at a school, and more.  You could reach out to the career services department at the schools you are considering and ask for a list of companies that recruit there.  This could help with your decision.  Ultimately, though, it comes down to you.  Specifically, what experience or internships did you have while in school, your GPA in school, your class project work, your campus/community involvement while at school, and your leadership ability are the more important factors in choosing someone for a job, not the school you attend.
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, April 30, 2014
The ranking, academic rigor, and reputation of a school is definitely important and will grab the attention of an employer, but it is not the only thing that employers look for when looking at candidates. How well one did at a particular school is important, if a candidate took classes related to the position they are pursuing, and if they did any projects related to the field they hope to go into is important as well. Also, content that is on a resume it also just one piece of it; how you do in an interview when speaking or networking with possible employers is incredibly important when hiring managers are interviewing possible employers. I think you should chose the school that you connect with the most in terms of campus feel, the academic curriculum you will be taking, the faculty/professors you have met there, etc. Good luck with your decision!
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