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Re: Certifications are dumb.

by amarquis (Curate)
on Apr 08, 2008 at 20:28 UTC ( #679067=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Certifications are dumb.

Most people making hiring decisions don't have the insight you do. To many, the presence of a certificate is a little check box they can mark off, something that makes their job easier. It doesn't help them do hiring better, it just makes it easier. Everybody talks about the PHB because the PHB is typically holding the keys to the kingdom.

The qualities you are looking for are hard to get at and evaluate. They are better indicators of long term success than a certificate, but honestly most people aren't good enough at evaluating talent to use them.

Most certifications are an oversimplification of a candidate's abilities. A candidate's skillset is a really complex space that doesn't fold down well into a simple "pass or fail" evaluation.

Congratulations on your business, and for putting in the effort to find the best fit candidates. It sounds like you are about to make some solid hires :).

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Re^2: Certifications are dumb.
by DrHyde (Prior) on Apr 10, 2008 at 09:51 UTC

    Certificates don't make the IT hirer's job easier. If anything they make it harder by introducing a faulty indicator of quality.

    So why do fools ask for them? Because it gives them an excuse. If they employ someone who turns out to be useless (which they're going to do at some point regardless of certification, because no interview and filtering process is perfect) then if there's a certificate they can at least point at it and whine "but XYZ authority figure said he was OK" and then *their* boss will give them the benefit of the doubt.

    Certificates are, in IT, arse-covering material for the hirer, nothing more.

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