said by Devanchya:
I have found 2-3 people who were prefect for the job but were passed over because they were unable to back up their certification.
Hah! Welcome to the long running joke of "industry standard IT certifications". Since the late 90's, those of us in IT used to joke about the uselessness of people that proclaimed their "Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
I went through the trouble to be an MCT (Microsoft Certified Trainer) many moons ago and maintained it until a few years back as they've made it so any idiot can teach. Since then, I care not for certifications and I'm sure I don't have enough fingers to count how many have lapsed over the last few years.
said by Devanchya:
If you have the MCP on your resume, I expect you to know what a REG-DWORD is...
Hah, your requirements are certainly more stringent than mine.
Back in the 90's I had a good routine that involved a test system and expect a hiree to associate registry keys in HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services with their associated services in services.msc and spot services, by registry key, that didn't belong. Bonus points if they didn't look at DisplayName.
Surprisingly, many young folks got it and those that didn't, they requested a chance to interview again a few days later since they went home and learned.
These days... I doubt I'd find anyone that recognized the keys.
More than a decade ago, my best, longest lasting employees came to me as high school co-op students. As Warez_Zealot suggests, perhaps it's better to loser your baseline or at least change your prerequisites and go for someone who's smart
rather than certified, and then train them to do what you want them to do.
In 1997, the Windows NT Resource Kit was required reading for all new employees and I'd quiz them on its difficult topics. Back then, the resource kit was highly technical and rather overwhelming; today the Windows 7 Resource Kit is light bathroom reading.