This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
So, last week I went and had an interview with a headhunter/placement firm. The interview went fine but as soon as it was done she asked me if I wouldn't mind taking a test. I was a little surprised but I said sure and she went through the list of available exams and let me choose which one I wanted to take, the Java 2 exam. Now, this exam was 43 questions, written by Prove It! (who are they?) and not all in the same league with the Sun Java 2 Programmer exam. First, none of the code snippets were indented so the code was left aligned. And, on top of that, there were numerous grammatical errors and there was no space to open up a separate window to take notes. So, what was the end result? I scored 7% lower on this exam than on the Java 2 exam. I don't think I did that poorly but I am not sure what kind of numbers she was looking for. The bottom line is that recruiters are now testing their candidates so when you think your Java 2 exam is over, it may not really be over!
Sun Certified J2EE Architect for the J2EE Platform (Part 1)<br />Sun Certified Web Component Developer for the J2EE Platform<br />Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform
The bottom line is that recruiters are now testing their candidates Well, that's exactly what I would do if I was an IT recruiter... People tell crap in interviews and in my opinion the only way to really assess somebody's knowledge is by testing him/her yourself. Now, according to you, the problem seems to be that the test was a big joke and has been written by you-don't-wanna-know-who... I wouldn't take that test into deep considerations if "Prove it" is not even able to indent their code properly. This is poor professionalism if professionalism at all.
I had to take a BrainBench exam for a potential job the other day. It was hard, and some of the stuff was a bit obscure but the actual exam was well put together. I follow these things and I have never heard of Proove IT.
I have had to take a Prove It! exam in the past for IMS (I'm a mainframe programmer trying to get over to the PC programming world. If you enjoy being laughed at, try doing that.). The exam I took was over the internet and was well worded and structured. I would assume that different exams are written by different people with different abilities. Still, how hard is it to have something that important proof read? No excuse for it. Their web site is www.proveit.com if anyone is interested.
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