Ernst & Young Discards Degree Classification From Entry Criteria
Ernst & Young, one of the UK’s leading graduate recruiters, announced that it will remove degree classification from its entry requirements, as there is no evidence that academic and personal success are correlated.
It will therefore no longer require students to have at least a 2:1 degree and the equivalent of three B grades at A level to be considered for its graduate programs. Instead, the renowned accountancy firm will resort to numerical tests and online “strength” assessments to evaluate the potential and fit of applicants.
"We want to attract the brightest and most talented individuals. The changes we have made to our recruitment process will help us to access the widest and deepest possible talent pools," said Dan Richards, recruiting director for the UK.
This process, which will be implemented for the company's 2016 graduate programs, comes in fact after a thorough and pondered 18-month analysis of the selection process.
"Our own internal research of over 400 graduates found that screening students based on academic performance alone was too blunt an approach to recruitment" explains Maggie Stilwell, EY’s managing partner for talent.
"We want to give every candidate the opportunity to demonstrate their strengths and their potential in our selection process," she added.