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Old 10-09-2008, 11:14 PM
 
Location: Maryland's 6th District.
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Candidate #2 is at a big disadvantage because candidate #1 will already have three years experience on them by the time they graduate.
Uh yeah, not if they graduate at the same time.

But that does not matter because a degree plus work experience is still worth more then a degree and no experience.

And, if Candidate #1 got his degree in X, but ended up working in a restaurant because that was the only job that he could find, and three years pass and he is "caught up" to Candidate #2, he is only going to look like a chump because it only took him three years to graduate college, and with honors, but all he was able to land for employment was a service industry job. Yeah, that is real desirable.
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Old 10-09-2008, 11:54 PM
 
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I think it would also depend upon the role, example: if both hired for a sales job then at the end of the quarter I would know who closed more deals and I would be impressed by that candidate.
However, if both were applying for the job at the same time, I personally would be more impressed with a candidate who worked through college but still had the tenacity to complete education.
The candidate #1 may probably be a smart person and will have many jobs lined up but I have been disappointed by so many "gifted" people in corporate setting that I view hard work, tenacity, willingness to learn and being solution oriented to be greater traits than graduating early with a high GPA.
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Old 10-10-2008, 12:00 AM
 
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ROTFL you are so cold blooded. I found college to be challenging and difficult and I only worked some of the time. Show some concern and care.

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The guy who worked his way through school, hands down. Any idiot can go through school if they don't have to worry about money.
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Old 10-10-2008, 12:05 AM
 
Location: Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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I don't think the facts presented would give me a hands-down verdict on which Candidate was better. In both cases it shows determination and dedication, both throwing yourself entirely into studies and going to school while working full time. I am inclined to Candidate #2 for sentimental reasons because he/she sounds more like a guy/girl from a working class background, but objectively they are both equal to my eye.
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Old 10-10-2008, 06:11 AM
 
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As an employer, I wouldn't base my decision just on those two factors alone. If candidate number 1 had any volunteer experience while attaining her/his degree in three years, that is definitely a big plus. Graduating with honors is also looked upon favorably.
Again, there is more to hiring a person than the criteria you posed.
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Old 10-10-2008, 07:01 AM
 
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I would be concerned about hiring someone who took six years to get through school. That is what, only three classes per semester, and still only a B average? Regardless of work experience, taking six years for college doesn't help anything.
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Old 10-10-2008, 07:30 AM
 
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Candidate B, for sure.
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Old 10-10-2008, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Houston, Tx
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Neither. Work experience isnt a definitive....its all about relative work experience. So if you major is engineering an engineering company isn't going to care if you have a lot of work experience in bagging groceries. As far as they are concerned you have never worked a day in your life. A better option would be to work several internships and finish school in the typical 4-5 years.
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Old 10-10-2008, 07:46 AM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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As an employer, I wouldn't base my decision just on those two factors alone. If candidate number 1 had any volunteer experience while attaining her/his degree in three years, that is definitely a big plus. Graduating with honors is also looked upon favorably.
Again, there is more to hiring a person than the criteria you posed.
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Neither. Work experience isnt a definitive....its all about relative work experience. So if you major is engineering an engineering company isn't going to care if you have a lot of work experience in bagging groceries. As far as they are concerned you have never worked a day in your life. A better option would be to work several internships and finish school in the typical 4-5 years.
I agree. There's not enough information to judge. Relevant experience, whether paid or volunteer, would be a big factor. It also depends on the colleges each attended. Candidate #1 could have graduated with honors in three years from a third-rate commuter school where the courses are not very challenging for all we know while Candidate #2 could have worked himself through school for six years at a more competitive state or private university.
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Old 10-10-2008, 09:26 AM
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Location: Los Angeles
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Any idiot can go through school if they don't have to worry about money.
Some people flunk school even when they have money... sad, but true...
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