This is a perfect example of why it's so crucially important for organisations to hire for attitude and train for skill, something I am a strong believer in.
More often than not, if you have a niggling feeling at interview stage, it will very rarely go away and actually, hiring purely for skill and ignoring culture fit can have a horrifying impact on your team and their productivity. It's these situations that can really highlight the culture of a team, and actually, they can really help you to define who you really are as an organisation which is something a lot of companies struggle with. The CEO of The Veloz Group offers this further piece of advice to hiring managers;
"I strongly encourage anyone and everyone to recognize that no person — no matter how strong they may look on paper or how tempting it may be to slot them into a particular opening — is more important than your values. The next time you are considering a new hire, ask yourself and your team members whether or not that person will enhance or detract from your environment. Trust your gut and understand what really matters and why"
A bad hire can completely obliterate a once happy and productive environment. Don't make that mistake by ignoring your instincts.
Having hired many people from all kinds of schools, including all of the top universities in the country over the years, I can confidently say that academic background is one variable that should be considered, but not at the top of the list. Instead, I focus our hiring on finding people who possess an Ivy League-caliber attitude, fit seamlessly into our culture and are willing to do whatever it takes to get things done.