Hiring Wisdom: Do You Really Need a Degree to Get a Job?

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Most employee recruiting ads read something like this: “…high school diploma required or college degree required or MBA required.“

I have one question: WHY?

Can you really give me a good reason or is it just something we have always done?

You may say it shows commitment, an ability to learn, or even a willingness to go into debt. But unless you need a specific license or skill that can only be earned by some kind of certification, maybe all that diploma says is they were willing to conform to the system long enough to get a degree.

Is that a good reason to require one?

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What about your other qualifications; are they must haves or just nice to have? Do they really separate the producers from the pretenders?

This was originally published on Mel Kleiman’s Humetrics blog.

Mel Kleiman, CSP, is an internationally-known authority on recruiting, selecting, and hiring hourly employees. He has been the president of Humetrics since 1976 and has over 30 years of practical experience, research, consulting and professional speaking work to his credit. Contact him at mkleiman@humetrics.com.