BLUF: Great interview, thumbs up from all team members, red flag is didn't finish degree. Would you hire?
Candidate 4 years out of school where he didn't finish his degree in order to go full time with a company he was interning with.
Aced the technical interviews and I was very positive after my lengthy behavioral interview. This is a guy who is smart, has some business savvy, and is charismatic. All signs from his interview are that he will be a great member of the team. I almost pulled the trigger right after the interview.
However, on further reflection, the lack of degree has become a big red flag for me. More importantly, in his last role, as a condition of employment, he was supposed to finish his degree. He did not, saying that the university did not accept some of his transfer credits, and was let go after a year (despite some strong accomplishments).
It's not the lack of degree alone, it's the not finishing it when a condition of his employment. I give him credit for his honesty, and when I pushed on his accomplishments in that last role, they appear credible. However, he didn't meet a big commitment, regardless of reason.
Would you pass on this candidate?