This is the full question I was asked: Why do you think the most HR representatives assigned to screen and hire job seekers pass over really good applicants because of ridiculous requirements like college degrees?

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm a coach who helps people with job search,
hiring more effectively, managing and leading, being more effective in the
workplace in general why do you think that most HR representatives assigned to
screen and hire job seekers pass over really good applicants because of
ridiculous requirements like college degrees Wow you don't have any opinions
do you first of all you have the process all wrong HR people basically with a
position of receiving a requirement from a hiring manager and then trying to
identify people who make that requirement usually they don't set the
criteria that's established by the hiring manager and then they go out and
attempt to locate people like that.. So, pass over really good applicants. Who
decided that they're really good seriously
friend of yours seriously friend of yours you think they're really good
Maybe they don't. Maybe they're inexperienced. They need a more senior
individual. They're a junior person.. I've rarely seen junior people ever say
"you know, this isn't the job for me." They all talk about "I can do it!"
ridiculous requirements like a college degree I used to think like you and
frankly, discovered that you learn to think in certain ways in college and
particularly as part of a postgraduate program they are helpful for certain
types of roles. There are processes that you learn as part of your program. There's a
way of thinking you learn from it as part of the program. There's structure
that you develop as part of the program that is hard to beat and if you don't
know it especially in certain sciences fields you're out of luck who you
talking to? You're talking to yourself because other
people have this training and experience and if you think you can
learn it why are they supposed to for when you were unwilling to pay for
yourself? So they aren't ridiculous.. HR people are not the decision-makers
you think they are there's a variety of ways things that your question indicates
your own bias and stinkin' thinkin'. Get over it! You're not qualified.
Jeff Altman here. Hope you found this helpful. My website is
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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1800 episodes and “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was named a Top 10 podcast for job search. is also a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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