Sometimes, people list the requirements for applicants in job applications in great detail. However, employers cannot demand whatever they want from applicants. In fact, the law sets out the requirements that can be set for prospective employees. Employers should be aware of these laws and follow them.
Let’s see how Ivan managed to get the job.
Ivan’s native language is Russian. He is looking for a new job online. Ivan finds a job offer that’s just perfect. The workplace is right next to his home. He would have to spend a lot less time on his daily commute to and from work! Ivan also has the education and skills required for the job. There’s only one thing Ivan doesn’t like about the job advert. Applicants are required to have Estonian language proficiency at level C2. Ivan knows that this level of language proficiency should not be required of an employee. The highest level that can be required is C1. Because a C1 proficiency level can be proved by an exam. C2 exams are not even organised for everyone! So how can Ivan prove this to the employer?
Ivan, however, is not afraid. He still applies for the job. Eventually, he gets the job.
Employers need to know that asking for level C2 in a job advertisement is not right. This is the highest level meaning that a person is a native speaker. However, native language means nationality. An applicant cannot be overlooked because of their nationality.