How much does where someone went to college matter on resume

Leidos hobknob
Feb 15, 2018 17 Comments

I know that if the candidate is a new or recent (less than 3 years) grad, college and GPA matters as part of the hiring process.

But if the candidate has been out of school for more than 5 years, how much weight/expectation do you put on a candidate who graduated from one of the top schools like Stanford/Carnegie/MIT/IVY LEAGUE/Duke/Chicago/CalTech ? (apologize if I didn't list other top schools)

Do you expect more from candidates from top schools versus other schools ?

I know that going to top school doesn't make that person a great thinker or problem solver - I worked with MIT and Cornell grads and they're very mediocre (I'm talking about my personal experience, not in general - so flames please). On the opposite spectrum, I worked with brilliant people from 70%+ acceptance rate schools.

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  • HPE kilgore
    Sometimes people that went to "elite" schools have superiority complexes that makes the m very difficult to work with. Many graduates from elite schools have been told their whole life that they are the best and the brightest, and sometimes it goes to their head.
    Feb 15, 2018 3
    • New ClIe61
      With the amount of post I see on this topic on Blind, I think the larger issue is that many people have a self imposed inferiority complex because they did not go to an “elite” school.

      Too many BS posts talking about Prestige and Pedigree.

      DF is wrong with people?
      Feb 15, 2018
    • Leidos hobknob
      OP
      In my case, it's not about difficult to work with, they just can't solve problems that they haven't seen before. I think it's the case of book smart and not street smart (thinkers).
      Feb 15, 2018
    • Ascension Health / Eng
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      This is nonsense. What on earth has to do one thing with the other?
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    • Salesforce Iiygb
      Very true.
      Feb 15, 2018
    • New Oetf
      Correct.

      It’s sort of buying like a bmw. You think it’s a crappy car, but everyone else loves it. So you give it a 2nd chance. And even if it doesn’t perform at least it looks good in the driveway.
      Feb 15, 2018
  • Salesforce Iiygb
    As a hiring manager, a top school on someone’s resume definitely catches my eye but that doesn’t mean I won’t consider other experienced candidates. Everyone has to go through the same interview process.
    Feb 15, 2018 4
    • Leidos hobknob
      OP
      As you interview that candidate, do you expect more from that top school candidate vs a candidate who's not from a top school ?
      Feb 15, 2018
    • Salesforce Iiygb
      Fresh college grads? Yes.

      Experienced candidates? I want to say: Not really and it all comes down to experience but TBH I will be very disappointed if someone from top school + top company doesn’t meet our expectations during the interview. Not so disappointed from other candidates.

      People usually get excited to see candidates from top schools, partially cuz we have many engineers who themselves came from those top schools.
      Feb 15, 2018
    • Leidos hobknob
      OP
      What I'm getting from you (including my own thinking) is top school candidates have a higher bar to pass versus others. Because you set that initial expectation just by seeing the candidate's school on the resume. If they pass that bar, then your expectation is met. But if they fail, you get disappointed whereas you don't get disappointed for other candidates.
      Feb 15, 2018
    • Salesforce Iiygb
      Correct, and top school candidates don’t disappoint that often. I have heard comments such as he/she solved the problem right away and we moved to tougher problems which he/she handled better than many experienced candidates.
      But you can’t generalize; I have seen candidates with all kinda background perform better than expected. I don’t want to discourage anyone but I think candidates from top schools are better trained. With experience and hard work anyone can catch up and reach at the top level.
      Feb 15, 2018
  • Northrop Grumman / Eng Kolmogorov
    It's way easier to get the interview when you're from a target.
    Feb 15, 2018 1
    • Leidos hobknob
      OP
      True, your foot's in the door - now show what you got
      Feb 15, 2018
  • Facebook / Eng instandidl
    Who looks at GPA? Never heard of this
    Feb 15, 2018 1
    • Leidos hobknob
      OP
      If the candidate is a newly grad, GPA on resume shows candidate's "intelligence" since they lack experience.
      Feb 15, 2018
  • Microsoft jdfw70
    They probably get the recruiters attention more, but at the end of the day we all have to pass the same interview?
    Feb 15, 2018 1
    • Leidos hobknob
      OP
      I agree. I view recruiters the same as regex, i.e. job opening looking for keywords - resume has some/most of those keywords, it's a match, let them thru.

      It's the next stage that I'm interested to know.
      Feb 15, 2018