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How should an applicant for a job emphasize or display his or her academic qualifications, including S.S.C. to M.A.M certificates and degrees?

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For purposes of discussion, and given the context of the question, it will be assumed that “S.S.C.” refers to a Secondary School Certificate and that M.A.M. refers to the Master of Arts Management degree.  Even if one or both of these assumptions is incorrect, however, the following information should still be applicable in the context of academic credentials and employment interviews.

Presumably, before an individual has been contacted by a prospective employer to schedule a job interview, his or her resume or application has already been reviewed by at least one official of the company with which the applicant has applied.  As educational background is routinely reflected on both resumes and job applications, the information is already in the hands of the relevant human resources official and the manager of the department or section for which the interview is being conducted.  The question, then, involves the provision of oral information pertaining to one’s academic background and how that background is directly relevant to the responsibilities of the job for which the interview is related.

A Secondary School Certificate would generally reflect academic studies in a specific field during what are usually called the high school years.  It could involve training in a technical school specific to computers, automotive mechanics, or any other specialized field of study.  The Master of Arts in Management degree, of course, will reflect the successful completion of graduate-level studies in theories and practice of management.  Successful completion of a graduate-level degree will also reflect, in general, a higher level of maturity and discipline. 

When interviewing for a position – and the question was not specific with regard to type of position – the issue of academic credentials might be raised by the person conducting the interview in terms of expecting the job candidate to be prepared to explain how or why those credentials are helpful to the company.  The interviewer may inquire about the specifics of the studies that resulted in awarding of certificates or degrees in an effort at identifying a focus that could prove particularly advantageous to the business or, conversely, could use such a line of questioning to illuminate the absence of directly-relevant coursework.

In the event the interviewer does not inquire directly about the applicant’s education, then the applicant is certainly free to respond to questions regarding qualifications with reference to specific coursework and the relevance of certificates and degrees to the business to which he or she is applying.  It is a near-certainty that the line of questioning will provide an opportunity to insert such information into the conversation.  As noted, though, the applicant’s resume and/or application should already reflect academic credentials and emphasize coursework or other achievements directly relevant to the business in question.

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