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Job requirement: not having everything listed.

H Paul
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Joined: Jul 26, 2011
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On a job requirement, they're 10 things required.
You only have 7, what is a reasonable answer to say?
Let's say they want 2 years of Spring MVC when you do not have it or just read a book on Spring MVC.

If you have knowledge like reading a book and doing excercises without a real production experience, would you apply for the job? or let it go :-D
Bear Bibeault
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Joined: Jan 10, 2002
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Apply for the job. Those lists are usually ridiculous kitchen sink requirements. If you are missing a vital item, they'll let you know.

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H Paul
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A very encouraging answer from your part.
Chan Ag

Joined: Sep 06, 2012
Posts: 1089
I don't understand such requirements. I recently saw one for 2-4 yrs' experienced candidate. They expected somebody who was excellent in data structures and algorithms, multi-threading and collections, network programming, Regular expressions - good to know, J2EE, Object oriented design principles, Spring Framework, JDBC, hibernate - good to know, servlets, jsps, JavaScript - good to know.

Oh and I forgot, the 'do you know Python' and 'have you ever coded in a functional programming language before' questions.

How can a junior engineer know so many things. I mean it's just sort of not possible. I don't know if such vacancies are ever filled.
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Sometimes they want to pay less. Sometimes they want to show they can't fill the position. Sometimes they don't know what they are asking.

As far as the do you know X questions - they might not be requirements. They might be curious. Suppose the job is 5% Python. It's great if you know it, but not a deal breaker.

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Luke Kolin
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Joined: Sep 04, 2002
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Part of what drives some of these is the "Bob Replacement" ad. Bob starts working at a company, doing X. Over time, he picks up some different skills and tasks and is doing a little bit of everything. Then Bob decides to leave, and the company puts together a list of everything Bob was doing and combines it with his starting pay and experience.

Then they wonder why they can't find anyone.


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