Samsung Backtracks Over University Quota

The Samsung Group has decided to reconsider a new recruitment policy of giving priority to job applicants recommended by the presidents of their universities. The new policy would allow applicants with a recommendation to skip the resume screening phase.

Samsung had planned to implement it this year and allocated quota of recommendations to each university, but the decision and the opaque way the quota were allotted sparked a public outcry.

"We are reviewing several options either to withdraw or modify the new policy because we’ve unintentionally caused quite a stir," a Samsung spokesman said. "Our true intention was misunderstood. We'll decide what to do as soon as we can."

Samsung says it had only hoped to tamp down an application frenzy to join one of the nation's most coveted employers. The test, which was open to all, virtually became a state examination with over 200,000 applicants a year, spawning an entire publishing industry for primers and even dedicated crammers.

The spokesman complained that some people "are intentionally using this case to damage our reputation."

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 28, 2014 13:02 KST