Summary of Pedigree

How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs

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How the elite classes perpetuate themselves in the workplace.


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Management professor Lauren A. Rivera offers revealing and unsettling conclusions. She documents how elite firms recruit, select, interview and hire their collegiate candidates. She discusses how idealistic freshmen transform into applicants for investment banking and consultancy firms due to these companies’ constant wooing and the financial pressure of student debt. Rivera details the relatively unexamined assumptions that firms rely upon to make their decisions – and how much money they spend based on those assumptions. getAbstract recommends her report to anyone interested in class in the United States, income inequality, the elite labor market, sociology, anthropology or how the upper class perpetuates itself.

In this book, you will learn

  • How elite firms recruit,
  • How this recruiting process replicates cultural advantages and
  • How interviewers recognize members of the elite classes.

About the Author

Lauren A. Rivera is on the faculty of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She writes for The Economist, The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal.