Top organisations in India or globally who reject excellent candidates due to an extended education? - CiteHR
Dinesh Divekar
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Hello - Do you know of any top organisations in India or globally who reject excellent candidates due to an extended education? E.g. Someone taking 6 years to complete a 4 year Bachelor's in Engineering etc?
Many thanks.

Dear Bala,
What is the context of your query?
The extended years to complete academic course, reasons may be genuine or otherwise, erodes the competitiveness of the job candidate. Once the candidates are available who complete their education course in time and that too with stellar academic performance, then why any company will consider candidature of a laggard?
Therefore, there is no need to make Policy as such about recruitment of such persons. They get filtered at the early stage itself.
Dinesh Divekar

Dear Dinesh - Thanks for your thoughts.
Context is that a friend has received a lucrative offer from a good brand and he's accepted the offer as well. However, he did not complete his Bachelor's within the period he was supposed to. But, he's eventually completed it. He's now nervous if this will go against him now - he's changed 3 organizations of repute in the past 11 years and none of those employers posted this as a challenge.
My view to him was similar to yours. But, I suppose he's over-thinking!
Best. -Bala.

In many organisations, for induction level posts in executive cadre (ET= Engineer Trainee/Executive Trainee) there is a requirement that there should be no break or second attempt in studies but not so for higher level posts. Your friend has 11 years experience in reputed companies, he would be considered for his experience and would be a lateral induction at middle management level, so the extended education may not make any difference unless there is a specific pre-condition laid down for this recruitment. Also, did his resume indicate the position or was there any attempt to misguide?
Thanks for your insights.
He has close to 14 years of experience. So, you're right that he's nicely fitted himself into Middle Management at the moment.
As far as I'm aware, there were no pre conditions laid down for this role.
I checked with him. Neither did his resume indicate the position, nor has he done anything intentionally or unintentionally to misguide the prospective employer.
Like I said before multiple attempts never came up as a challenge from any of his previous employers.
Thanks again.

Dear professional colleague,
If your friend did not face any challenge from any of previous employers for multiple attempts , what has prompted you to raise this query ?
Vinayak Nagarkar

Dear Friend,
Would you tell why B Tech course of 4 years completed in 6 years and was the late due to candidate's back paper or late conduct of exam by the university?
It is obvious on part of candidate's rejection due to the reason of compliting 4 years course in 6 years, considered academicaly poor. No one would call these candidates excellent and the reason is geniunine. The good companies do not consider or reject the application at screening level, for the first employment. But for the post of experienced the candidates are being choosen mostly on ground of expertise in the work feild. While conducting interview the pannelist considered 1:2 or 1:3 ratio, priority is given for academic,Institution & experience & knowledge.

The mushroom growth of the number of educational institutions across the country due to the irrefutable fact of education becoming a lucrative business, the gradual apathy of the successive Governments in the matter of promoting public education in the country, strong impression in the public mind set about education being a great source of paid employment, rapid growth of service sector in the wake of globalisation and privatisation etc., have created a supply dominant employment market. Therefore, screening of the vast number of competing job applicants has to be devised effectively by introducing the parameters like consistency of certain grades from higher secondary level, acquirement of academic degrees through formal education only etc. However, such parameters are strictly adopted only in case of entry level jobs. In the case of positions involving experience, richness of the experience of the candidate and his potential to fulfill the employer's expectation play a vital role for selection.
Dear colleague.
In my view it is the quality and relevance of past experience to the deliverables in the new job that should weigh more than the number of attempts to complete the education.Incase of freshers it is potential that should matter and number of attempts should not be allowed to cloud our judgement.
Vinayak Nagarkar

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