The days when wearing your Harvard pin to a job interview gave you a leg up are apparently over.

Business leaders who responded to a Gallup survey shrugged off a candidate's college as a critical factor in giving someone a copy of the washroom key.

Gallup spoke to 623 corporate honchos, asking them what factors were most important in the hiring process. The results are encouraging, as these men and women of industry said knowledge and skill sets were what they looked for first and second.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.