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When a Job Candidate Has an Online Degree

June 26th, 2012

Imagine this scenario:

You’re looking to hire for an important position. You post a job, receive a flood of resumes, and start the screening process. You come across one candidate in particular that seems like the perfect fit in terms of skill set and experience…there’s only one catch: they have an online degree.

So should you run the other way, or dig a little deeper? And if it’s the latter, should you give equal weight to that candidate’s education as you do to a candidate with a degree from a brick-and-mortar institution?

As one of the leading staffing agencies in Spokane, Provisional knows that if you’re like most HR professionals, you would give the candidate a second look, as long as the candidate has the right experience. In fact, according to a survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), many HR professionals are demonstrating an increased level of acceptance toward online degrees. Here’s a look at the survey’s findings:

  • 87% believe degrees from online institutions are viewed more favorably than five years ago.
  • 79% said they had hired someone with an online degree within the last 12 months.
  • 73% think that taking individual classes online are just as credible as courses taken at a traditional institution.
  • 49% agreed that online degree programs are equally credible as traditional degree programs.

An online degree may still not be viewed as favorably by all as a degree from a traditional college. But with college costs rising every year, it’s likely that more and more students will enroll in online programs versus traditional ones. As a result, you’ll probably have an influx of job candidates with online degrees in the years to come.

The good news is that many online degree programs are offered by accredited institutions. Being accredited means that the online program has had to prove that they adhere to the same level of academic standards that’s required at a brick-and-mortar school.

Need Help Hiring Qualified Talent?

If you’re tired of screening resumes on your own, give Provisional a call. As one of the leading staffing agencies in Spokane, we can handle the hiring process for you – including verifying that a candidate’s degree is from an accredited institution – so you can focus on other priorities. Call Provisional today to learn more.