Fit for the Job but Disqualified

Philippines
September 15, 2012 3:48am CST
My brother is a licensed Electrical Engineer. He took the board exam only once and passed with a higher rating. He's good when it comes to the major subject, but unfortunately, very poor in English. His credentials show, excellent ratings in Engineering and math subjects, but the English subjects were mostly failed, and just a passing score. I happened to have a friend who works as an assistance manager in a top communication company. He helped my brother in getting a job. So after submitting application, it was time for the Human Resource to deliberate whether to hire him or not. Many wanted to hire him, but it's a company policy not to hire someone with an "F" marking on the Transcript of Records. My friend, tried to deal with it by convincing them to consider his expertise and not the minor ones. Which basically, in Engineering, English doesn't really matter. Unfortunately, my brother did not get the job. It's so frustrating because it shouldn't be that way. He was surely fit to work as an engineer but unluckily got disqualified because he failed the English subject back in college.
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9 responses
@Metatronik (5899)
• Pasay, Philippines
15 Sep 12
After reading your post I just look at your profile then it came to my mind that no wonder. Honestly that is totally another frustrating part in our country. To tell you the truth there are companies that has discrimination factor here in the Philippines. There are times if they are asking for transcript of records it is either they will on where are your strengths and weaknesses or to see if you have failing grades. There are really companies who are particular with top notchers. I sometimes have seen that on their job description. Sometimes there are companies who are looking for someone who have graduated from reputable university. Gosh! how do they define reputable? As what happened to your brother just look at the brighter side. If he was been able to be accepted to that company then expect it the next thing will happen is that he will experience discrimination, dirty politics, favoritism and a lot more especially if that is a big company. There are more companies that he deserve so don't lose hope about it. He doesn't deserve to be included in the world of dirty politics. I would be afraid if they expect too much from your brother which indeed we don't know.
@JohnRok1 (2051)
17 Sep 12
Are they, perhaps, afraid that he would fail to communicate effectively with clients and, thereby, deliver the wrong product, because Boholano speakers constitute a limited client base? I don't know how English was taught in the college(s) he attended, but I thrived in foreign language UK traditional learning and got high marks in exams, but my performance in learning a foreign language in the situation that really counts, i.e., in social contact with speakers of the language, showed itself to be well below average. Modern teaching methods simulate the latter learning situation, as well as employing more traditional techniques, and maybe your brother could find a course where he will learn English very very effectively. You can probably tell from my post that my communicative skills may not match parts of my academic record.
• Pasay, Philippines
15 Sep 12
Some applicants may not make it on the job interview and not meeting some important requirements but at least "meeting half-way" with the recruiter counts. As long as you can reason out effectively and sell yourself in a good and constructive manner, you'll get hired. For instance; I applied here in a company where it is so strict, you have to be at least 2 years in college. I am a high school graduate but have worked in this field for 3 years in total. Although when I tried to apply for different positions in the call center companies for a position, I already know that it is given to me that I will most likely be rejected for not meeting the education requirements. Expected rejection, as you may say. LOL. Luckily, when I got hired, I felt blessed. The worst thing after months is, even some of my friend have meet the 2-year length in college attainment standard, they won't make it due to other criteria's components that they're looking at. And add the part that they're meeting the working experience, too. It really depends on the recruiter or the recruitment team at times. Most of the time I find it also weird, we occasionally use the term "overqualified" if an applicant did meet the requirements but they weren't being hired. LOL. But we have found out that there is really such a term for this to exist in hiring employees. People tend to be too good to be true on something and it can be your brother's case. They might be looking for someone who has an "empty cup" so that they can be train easily. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about it and happy mylotting :)
• Indonesia
15 Sep 12
Everything happened for a reason. This experience should trigger your brother to improve his English. Then, when he get another interview, he can prove that his English is not as bad as the written score. Like it or not, we must admit that English is important in working, because nowadays, many companies communicating in English, written and verbally. It is good to mastering in your particular skill, but to get a full understanding about the company's need from you, to do your daily tasks and to deliver your thoughts to others in the company, you should communicate it in English, verbally. Good luck for both of you! :)
@kris3rdE (156)
• Philippines
15 Sep 12
Hi richbored! I'm sorry to hear that you're brother didn't get the job and I know that he'll find better opportunity. I hope you understand that each company have their own guidelines or qualifications that need to meet and for now the only thing your brother have is his Transcript of Records. My suggest is let you're brother apply to a smaller company to gain experiences and prove that he's a great EE. Once he have more experiences and good working records on his resume they will no longer notice the F on his Transcript. ;)
@Shavkat (46822)
• Philippines
15 Sep 12
I don't think that the TOR from University is the basis for not hiring someone. I admit, English is very essential in applying and having job interview. Unless, if the job is related to communication.
@ARIES1973 (9437)
• Legaspi, Philippines
15 Sep 12
Hi rich! We have to respect the decision of the company. They are the one hiring so it is their right to set their standards. I'm sure your brother can find a job that is perfect for him. Don't lose hope.
@natliegleb (5188)
• India
15 Sep 12
that is really hurting to hear ,basically one with engineering background must be able to make it with ease,but its quite strange
@jenny1015 (13394)
• Philippines
15 Sep 12
It may seem to be unfair but there are really companies who does not want to see any failing marks on their applicant's transcript. As much as possible, they would want to hire somebody whose ability is average to a little above average.