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Are Big Tech Companies Biased In Their Hiring Toward More Prestigious Universities? New Study Reveals It All

When it comes to the world’s most valuable tech companies, you can’t help but wonder what it’s really like to score a job in them. In particular, a commonly asked question is linked to whether or not such firms are biased in their hiring.

A new study is investigating the role of prestigious universities in guaranteeing graduates' dream jobs. And it’s quite interesting to see the results, after taking into consideration all the data acquired through LinkedIn.

The study also provides readers with an insight into where some of today’s best tech firm employees studied, helping those individuals make career-related decisions today.

This analysis provided by Toner Giant took leading tech companies like Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon into consideration. Both universities hailing from the UK and the US were studied and here’s a quick glance at the findings observed by the researchers involved.

In terms of the United Kingdom, Cambridge University topped the list, when compared to any other institution in the country. And by that, we mean that graduates from this prestigious location were more likely than any other to get the best jobs in some of the biggest tech firms worldwide.

Current figures stood at a whopping 4220 graduates who could be found on LinkedIn with stellar work resumes and experiences.

On the other hand, in terms of prestigious US universities giving jobs at leading tech organizations, well, it was the University of Washington that topped the list. The study unveiled how nearly 16,400 employees from this university were able to find jobs at the biggest companies in the tech world.


As far as specific companies are concerned, well, LinkedIn showed how Amazon took the lead in terms of directing its hiring toward graduates having an educational background linked to a prestigious university called the Russell Group. This was true for both US and UK universities.

Other leading names to take on board Russel Group graduates in high numbers were IBM, Google, and Accenture. While Apple and Microsoft were also included in the list, their figures were considerably less.

Similar findings were seen in the same companies for alumni hailing from Ivy League Universities and that just goes to show how educational background makes a huge impact on your final hiring process.

When it came down to actual locations and respective universities in that area, the study found some interesting findings for both the US and the UK. They outlined the country-specific location where you’re likely to find the highest performing alumni who obviously get a shot to work at leading tech companies around the world.

In the US, graduates from states such as California went on to secure better tech firm jobs than any other in the country with a figure comprising 74,000. This was closely followed up by New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, and then Texas.

As far as the UK is concerned, a list was displayed in the research that proved where the best alumni hailed from in the country. And not to many people’s surprise, graduates from London managed to secure the best tech jobs globally with a figure comprising nearly 28,000.

This was followed up by South East London, Scotland, North West England, and then East England.

In the end, the research also provided some useful insights from job seeking platform Carrus.io to see what the actual hiring process at top tech firms is actually like.

Big Tech firms are very careful about their hiring process that’s well defined as they’re dealing with hundreds of thousands of applicants each week.

For instance, firms like Google follow their 4 attribute principle during the interview process. Meanwhile, companies like Amazon follow a specific 16-point principle while hiring, and then you have Netflix which bases its hiring on a fixed set of cultural values.

All in all, the study found that alma mater counts a lot but the priority today is much less than what it was a decade ago so that’s a plus point.

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