Cheating

Discussion in 'Microsoft Certification' started by Rob Cimarolli, Mar 18, 2005.

  1. Fellas,

    I have to agree (as a newly minted MCP) that someone cheating on an exam
    does cheapen the cert, but I think the other side of the story is relevant
    too, that side being that while a resume full of Microsoft alphabet soup
    might get someone in the door for an interview, I can't imagine how any IT
    Manager would hire someone who's passed in the manner you describe.

    I can tell you from experience that I can pick out someone who knows what
    they're talking about in the first 5 minutes. Someone who's used a
    braindump only will know terms and definitions, but won't necessarily know
    how the whole system works together. Could you imagine discussing AD with
    someone who has no experience and just used an exam cram? It'd stick out
    like a sore thumb!

    Point is, cheaters should be turned in, period. However, that individual
    will most likely not be able to discuss most topics and in the end is only
    hurting themselves. I'd hire someone who didn't have a ton of experience,
    or very little, if they demonstrated initiative and a good understanding of
    how to get around th technology.
     
    Rob Cimarolli, Mar 18, 2005
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  2. Rob Cimarolli

    Briscobar Guest

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    Your overall point is well taken, and I agree.
    However, I disagree that this is the "other side of the story." It's more
    the *result* of the cheater's actions. No IT manager wants an MCP, MCSE,
    MCASSCLOWN, whatever, anymore. This is because they've been burned, know
    someone who's been burned, or just know the state of the certs, and don't
    want to take the risk on Mr. Alphabet Soup, when others just like him (hell,
    it might even *be* him!) don't know their arse from a hole in the ground
    when it comes to computers.

    My .02

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    Briscobar, Mar 18, 2005
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  3. Not sure I completely understand what you disagree with...sounds to me like
    we're both nodding with each other's points.

    Regardless, I think that IT Managers have been burned by cheaters, but also
    by exam crams and braindumps. I recently took a course for MCSA/MCDST, and
    in this class there were several individuals who were there by their own
    admission for the "money". these same folks were the ones talking about
    going to a braindump or cram site for the express purpose of passing the
    tests. I hate to say it, but these folks were also the weakest students in
    the class.

    Now, when an IT manager has to sift through these folks in the interview
    process, and sees certs in their resumes, I can see why several would
    devalue certification over experience. That's a no-brainer. But cheaters
    and crammers aside, I still maintain that if you come into an interview with
    a positive attitude, are realistic about your experience, show enthusiasm
    and a willingness to learn, and show potential, you'll beat out the crammers
    and cheaters. Believe me, if you ask a cheater how they'd go about solving
    a particular set of problems on the network, and they struggle for a place
    to start because they only have soundbites of knowledge, they'll never get
    the job.

    On the other hand, if you can show that while you maybe haven't performed
    that task before, but know enough to work your way through it in a
    deliberate fashion, that should give the mgr a bit of a warm fuzzy about
    taking a chance on you. I don't know, maybe I'm too much of an optimist.

    What has your experience with certification and employability been? Have
    the certifications landed you the interview, or what?
     
    Rob Cimarolli, Mar 19, 2005
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    Nocturnal Guest

    I agree wholeheartedly. It is those who are in it for the money that
    normally attempt to just go ahead and defraud ALL of us. Not only
    Microsoft.
     
    Nocturnal, Mar 19, 2005
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    Guest Guest

    Really? I thought Microsoft was only in it for the money...


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