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By certboy ·
Take two persons with no experience in IT.

One has taught themselves about IT over a couple of Years
One has been on a course over a couple of years and passed.

Which do you hire considering there is no experience to go on?

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You interview them

by JamesRL In reply to Dilemma?

First of all your wording is confusing - are you suggesting zero work experience in IT, but one is self taught, the other has a cert?

Assuming this is an entry level position, and if I only had two applicants to chose from, I would interview them both.

I would not automatically assume one is better than the other because they have a piece of paper. There are more factors than that in the interview process. I would not hire an anti-social genius who is disruptive to my team, no matter how good he/she is. I do give some credit to people who take courses, it shows interest, but you have to look at the whole person. Tech skills can be trained, some people skills are innate.


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by TonytheTiger In reply to You interview them

the piece of paper provides you with a scapegoat should the hire not work out and your boss asks why you hired him.

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But by the same token

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to But,

Only an Absolute Moron would hire someone sight unseen.

If both appeared if they would suit the companies needs then the piece of paper would win out most times but if they are useless for your needs they wouldn't be considered.


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Hire on attitude

by bpayne In reply to You interview them

The old adage "hire on attitude, train the rest" is especially true in IT and I have proved it over and over. Both have shown iniative in getting themselves trained; you can only decide by personal interview who has got the drive to go far in your organization. But be wary of the gung-ho who is prepared to stomp in where angels fear to tread.

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So many things to consider

by mjd420nova In reply to Dilemma?

School of hard knocks and book learned applicants, that's an apt description for just about all of the applicants one would get for just about any IT job posting. An in depth interveiw would be neede, and not only should the person be evaluated, but the intended work location has to be part of the determining factors. Some revel in working alone and others only as part of a team. Depending on your own organization, even a training envirionment can be useful in correct placement. Using other personel to help in evaluations can help, preferably someone who is doing a comparable job, and would know certain questions that would be important clues as to whether the applicant is really skilled enough to fill the opening. I find that team interveiws after initial screening can be very helpfull.

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by jdmercha In reply to Dilemma?

There are plenty of IT people available with experience and a BS. Why would I hire one of these wannabes.

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If you are looking for the one true answer

by Tig2 In reply to Dilemma?

Try reading the "CAUGHT" discussion. Its original premise was IDENTICAL to this one- simply ignore the bogus tripe that begins it now. And at 300 odd posts, will likely provide you with the answers you are seeking- assuming you choose to read some very well crafted thoughts from a wide variety of IT professionals.

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Here we go again

by jdclyde In reply to Dilemma?

We get another "new" member, posting almost the exact same post, which will go absolutely nowhere.

What a waste of time.

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Jeeze, JD

by Tig2 In reply to Here we go again

Aren't you, like, totally convinced that this new person is being completely straight here? I mean, obviously he just needed to be directed to the LAST time the question was raised.

From HAL's calculations, it should be about 18 months before that person raises his head again... right???

And this ought to end this discussion- unless you have a tangent in mind???

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tangent? no, tango.. maybe. ]:)

by Jaqui In reply to Jeeze, JD


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