Power Shows – Rock It Til You Make It

by Thiago Kodic ‘16

Thiago Kodic ‘16

Thiago Kodic ‘16

There comes a time in the life of an MBA student when the game changes quickly. If you’re thinking costume parties, you’re right, but that is not our focus for now. Today we’ll consider that other thing: recruiting. How best to prepare? Interview training? It helps, but is it enough? Power poses? Those are for posers.

What else could possibly make a difference? That’s right, you guessed it, dear over-achieving-high-average-gmat-reader: listening to music. True story: Research by a professor from that other business school in town claims that bass-heavy music makes a positive difference in building confidence and energy before an interview.

As everyone’s big dates arrive, here is some music to help you conquer the world, or at least nail those job interviews.

Muse – Survival

The theme of the 2012 London Olympics, composed by the always-over-the-top british band that isn’t Queen. With audacious riffs, an extravagant choir, and yes, cheesy lyrics, this is the ultimate “go for gold” motivator to get you pumped up to simply crush that interview. Just don’t take the fight chant too seriously, or you may also crush your chances of landing that dream job.


Also motivational: Muse – Knights of Cydonia


Kiss – I Was Made For Loving You

This one goes out to those who are fans of the romantic analogy of recruiting. If you believe that an interview is like a date, getting the job is like marriage, and talking to a competitor is like adultery, then get ready for some sweet loving with Kiss. If you hate the comparison and have had enough of it, satisfy yourself with the glittery costumes and the charming catface drummer.


Also feel-good: Kiss – We Are One


Eminem – Lose Yourself

Music and lyrics combine forces to tell the compelling story of the underdog that surpasses all challenges, seizes the moment and achieves his dreams. Was this secretly an MBA application creative essay? It’s the story of our lives!


Also inspirational: Eminem – Rabbit Run


Metallica – Master of Puppets

For the heavily-metally inclined among you (I know you’re out there!), the intensity and aggressiveness of this, the universally-recognized best metal song, is unsurpassed. It is a great way to get your blood flowing and release the inner demon in you. The hypnotizing solo halfway through should provide the “angel on the other shoulder” moment to keep the madness in check. Advised for those facing the more… intrepid interviewers.


Also elegantly heavy: Metallica – Orion


Ennio Morricone – Ecstasy of Gold

One of the greatest compositions ever, this spaghetti western masterpiece is used as the intro for every Metallica concert, and with good reason: it will be a warm winter day in Chicago when this fails to move someone.


Also moving: Clint Mansell, Mogwai and Kronos Quartet – Death Is The Road To Awe


In the next issue we’ll examine how recruiters use applicants’ Spotify playlists to make hiring decisions, and discuss how Booth professors create exam questions based on their favorite songs.