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Recruiter based conclusion on MIT MBAs from too few students

To the Editor:

A quote in your article "Sloan graduates ranked second among MBA students in earnings" [Feb. 28], deserves some comment. John R. Talbott, vice president of Goldman, Sachs & Company, is quoted as saying, "The other day I had to interview two Harvard MBA's and one MIT MBA in the same afternoon. I'm supposed to rate those I interview on a scale of 1 to 10. I gave each of the Harvard grads a 7, and the MIT grad a 10.... I guess that says it all."

Obviously, Talbott attended neither of these fine institutions, if his logic is any indication. Harvard's business school has 790 MBA candidates per class; MIT's Sloan School of Management has roughly 200. In light of these numbers, Talbott's sample size appears to be on the low side. MIT "MBA's" with their higher starting salaries may be "gaining more prestige." With this in mind, perhaps they would be wise to turn their talents to a company other than Goldman et. al., where such statements as "I guess that says it all" can rise to the level of vice president. I'm curious, though; why didn't Talbott hire the two Harvard grads, for a total of 14?

Jeff Dieffenbach G->