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Required Education. Almost all jobs nowadays requires a bachelor’s degree (rarely substitute by experience). If an applicant has all the job requirements, but lacks the education, are they automatically disqualified or filtered out? How flexible is HR with education if it is a requirement?

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It will depend on the Hiring Manager and company. Candidates who are missing the required education often times will be expected to have more years of experience, certifications, etc. Bigger companies will also be less likely to make these exceptions.


That is true, but in practice it would be the Hiring Manager, not HR, that would be the one making an exception, if a candidate doesn’t have the ‘required’ education. My point is that smaller companies are more likely to make these exceptions because many times they do not conduct job analyses, have limited access to market data, etc. And because big companies have to deal with the EEOC more, they will prioritize risk management and have more defined, and stringent salary bands and candidate requirements.


Speaking as someone who has been in recruiting for 20+ years at companies ranging from start-ups to some of the biggest tech companies in the world the honest answer is...maybe. It really does depend on the company. Bigger companies are more likely to auto filter out people who do not meet minimum requirements than smaller companies. It is a bit hypocritical of companies such as Microsoft and Facebook to require a degree given that both were founded by college dropouts. ;)


If you don't require a college degree, you essentially have to consider each applicant individually and it is harder to screen electronically. I personally like the idea of having qualifications like bachelors or 7 (or whatever number) years of progressively responsible experience in the same type environment. Best employees I have ever had did not have college, but were CRAZY organized and responsible.

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