Recruiters: Columbia, MIT Are So 'Second-Tier'
If you didn't graduate from Harvard, good luck getting a top job
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2011 7:19 AM CST
Massachusetts Institute of Technology students play football outside the Maclaurin building October 10, 2003 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – If you’re determined to get a great job, you might want to quit your course of study at Cornell or Dartmouth and transfer to one of the "top 5" schools: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, and Wharton. A new study shows that recruiters for the best law firms, investment banks, and consultancy firms are only looking at graduates of those schools, Business Insider reports. And even if you’re one of those elite grads, recruiters want to make sure you’re not—in their words—"boring," a "tool," or a "bookworm."

The study's author found out, among other things, that a resume from a Rutgers grad would go "into a black hole." MIT grads who show up at job fairs get the reaction, "God bless him for the effort but, you know, it’s just not going to work." Columbia is described by some recruiters as "second-tier" or "just OK," the Chronicle of Higher Education reports. And in order to satisfy their desire that you not be "boring," you better be a nationally-ranked athlete (in the right sport—not ping-pong), member of a world-renowned orchestra, or a person who has climbed Mount Everest.

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Apr 2, 2012 5:16 PM CDT
"And even if you’re one of those elite grads, recruiters want to make sure you’re not—in their words—"boring," a "tool," or a "bookworm."" That's interesting, especially since I consider anyone from "Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, and Wharton" to be tools, and bookworms are the smart ones who can figure out ways to make money without repeating the same behaviors as the robber-barons, which is all the social-climbers know how to do.
Jan 12, 2011 11:39 AM CST
I go to Wash U in St. Louis and I'm pretty sure I work just as hard as any of those top schools.....which is funny cause a running joke is that it doesn't matter because we are in St. Louis and no one gives a shit about us. Kind of wish I went to a state school, had easier classes, and got laid by hotter and easier girls
Jan 12, 2011 11:15 AM CST
If you're determined to get a really "great" job, you certainly aren't ending your job search at job fairs and with HR recruiters as the article suggests. In all likelihood, you'd be bypassing the idiot gatekeepers and shopping yourself to the hiring managers instead. You also aren't likely to want to be hired by an idiot who dismisses out of hand students from the non-name brand schools. It doesn't look like the author actually interviewed at a company that even has "great jobs", just overworked,undertalented short-sighted HR staff.