Ask HR: Is there any merit in turning away graduates from certain colleges? 

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What you need to know:

  • Academic credentials are important but other critical workplace attributes including the ability to apply oneself, relating well with others, confidence and character require more than academic factories to produce.


  • Do you have excellent workers from the universities whose graduates you have been asked to avoid? Could you use them to demonstrate to your boss that there is merit in casting your net wider for talent?

I am a HR manager of a medium sized organisation. My boss has told me not to employ graduates from certain universities. I am unsure whether to implement this directive, but more importantly, I am wondering whether there is any connection between one’s place of study and their level of competence. Is there merit in my supervisor’s advice?

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