Answered by Cassie, Hiring Expert at The Hershey Company, on Thursday, February 12, 2015
If the job description states that a certain number of years is required, we often make a screening question around that and disqualify anyone who doesn’t meet that requirement. This is not always the case, but it helps us narrow down the candidate pool of qualified candidates. Not saying you shouldn’t apply, but just something to be aware of if you aren’t hearing back or immediately receive an email saying you are no longer being considered. You can include the internship time as part of your experience, but if it still doesn’t get you to the total years on the job description you may want to keep looking. Typically entry level roles may say there is a preferred number of years of experience but not required. For example, we have entry level Retail Sales Representative roles and our qualifications say Bachelor’s degree preferred, but if no degree than HS diploma and 3 years of experience required.