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English Proficiency Minimum Qualification

Anonymous - Feb 21, 2019
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Good afternoon,

We have a question regarding the presence of English proficiency minimum qualifications in job postings. Hiring units in our company have been requesting the addition of the following minimum qualifications to their job postings:

* Must be able to communicate effectively in English.
* Must be proficient in English.

What are your thoughts regarding these types of English minimum qualifications? Are there circumstances where this type of requirement is appropriate? What limitations exist in the use of these minimum qualifications, if any?

Thank you, in advance, for your thoughts.

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