Re: Certifications don't count!

Again, let me be clear. I'm *not* saying that OCM is a perfect indication, it's 
not. I am saying that it holds some validity for me over that of the OCP or the 
OCA. I'm saying that it's one of a number of things that will get you at least 
a phone interview, not the only one and not alone, by itself. One could have 20 
years of experience with a glowing resume and fail miserably at a technical 
interview (I've seen it more than once). There is no perfect measuring stick. 
I'm sure many of us have hired someone that in retrospect was not such a grand 
idea. It's just silly to throw out one of many yardsticks that you can use to 
measure someone by. 

Also, just because one OCM fails an interview is, by itself, not a very good 
statistical sample by which to judge the OCM and what it has to say about 
candidates overall. Also, did you verify his OCM with Oracle? I wonder if there 
are those out there who will fake such credentials hoping that they won't be 
checked on. Has anyone ever seen a case where someone faked credentials?

RF


 Robert G. Freeman
Author:
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Portable DBA: Oracle  (Oracle Press)
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The LDS Church is looking for DBA's. You must be LDS to apply (please don't 
write to me and tell me I'm breaking the law. A church can choose to hire 
members of it's own faith. Look it up if you don't believe me).



----- Original Message ----
From: Vishal Gupta <vishal@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: robertgfreeman@xxxxxxxxx; oracledba.williams@xxxxxxxxx
Cc: Oracle-L Freelists <oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, June 8, 2008 5:33:19 AM
Subject: RE: Certifications don't count!

 
I
had interviewed an candidate, who looked very very impressive on CV and was
OCM. But it lacked technical depth. He had difficulty in answering some of basic
backup question and RMAN questions.
 
So,
OCM only means that they some extra money to give to Oracle Corporation. It no
indication of that they have the practical knowledge or would be suitable for
the job.
 
Ultimately
we rejected this candidate…. 
 
Regards,
Vishal
Gupta
 
From:oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Robert Freeman
Sent: 06 June 2008 21:47
To: oracledba.williams@xxxxxxxxx
Cc: Oracle-L Freelists
Subject: Re: Certifications don't count!
 
I
assure you that if I had a candidate with an OCM cert on his resume, I'd
notice. I could care less about OCA and an OCP is just another thing I'd
consider, but much less so than an OCM.

Personally, my opinion is that a resume is not much anyway. It gives me some
idea if the candidate can write, but in my experience the bad candidates over
inflate work history and experience (and crash and burt in technical
interviews) and very often, strangely, the good candidates under inflate their
experience (maybe they have so much that they feel it's bragging? I don't
know). Then there are those who are still steeped in the "One Page"
resume... whoah people, please give me all of your experience!! I can generally
smoke out a candidate technically in a phone interview in about 5 minutes or
less.  IMHO, that is where the winners beat out the losers for the most
part.

Now, if I could just find a good DBA to come work for me (must be LDS - please,
no emails about discrimination, it is perfectly legal because we are a Church!).
We need people, NOW!

Cheers!

RF
 
Robert G.
Freeman
Author:
Oracle Database 11g New Features (Oracle Press)
Portable DBA: Oracle (Oracle Press)
Oracle Database 10g New Features (Oracle Press)
Oracle9i RMAN Backup and Recovery (Oracle Press)
Oracle9i New Feature
Blog: http://robertgfreeman.blogspot.com (Oracle Press)
The
LDS Church needs DBA's NOW! 
----- Original Message ----
From: Dennis Williams <oracledba.williams@xxxxxxxxx>
To: Oracle-L Freelists <oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, June 6, 2008 1:45:16 PM
Subject: Certifications don't count!
List,
 
It's official - hiring managers consider the value of a
certification to be lower than a few years ago.
 
http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Careers/IT-Certifications-Declining-in-Value/?kc=EWKNLEND060608STR1
 
Doesn't specifically mention Oracle. It does mention what a
great deal certification is for the people who sell training.
 
Dennis Williams

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