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7:45 pm on Nov 6, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Interviewed this guy for a marketing job, 15 years of experience so should be good except;

All IT exams have been taken on the same day;
Previous role, updated windows, wrote some tweets and facebook postings - Mostly paraphrased news articles.
Didnt know that that Windows was a shell.
Had no idea about how random numbers are generated on computers (encryption) .
Unable to tell me when a Google advert should be stopped (Quality rating)
etc

One of the weakest candidates Ive ever seen, your experience's !
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I am a bit confused. Is all that relevent for a marketing job?
6:47 am on Nov 8, 2019 (gmt 0)

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It is all relevant to COMPETENCY ... and kids these days are not being taught skill sets, they are being taught social justice and "feelings".

Last time I hired for my company (long since sold off) the first requirement was "Applicants must be 40 years old or older, with 20+ years experience in field."

Needless to say that cut the noise level down tremendously. :)

Do that today and I'm sure some activist group would raise a stink for discrimination against the young...
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Oh Boomer!
"Applicants must be 40 years old or older"

I guess I don't need to tell you that that is discriminatory and thus illegal.

Do that today and I'm sure some activist group would raise a stink for discrimination against the young...

The legality is nothing new, it was also just as illegal when you were doing it. But I guess knowing and abiding by the law isn't a COMPETENCY in your book.
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@tangor, leave out the over 40, just have the 20 years experience requirement. You are not going to get a lot of under 40s with 20 years experience and you are allowed to ask for experience.

I get your point, passing IT exams should involve knowing this stuff.

Didnt know that that Windows was a shell.


Is it? AFAIK these days Window is an OS that is distributed with a shell.
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I am a bit confused. Is all that relevent for a marketing job?- Well I need some one with a deeper knowledge than this guy had hence the questions.

The amount of times Ive come across 'IT admins' that dont really know what they doing, its like having a tyre and exhaust fitter when you need a mechanic who can see what the problem and how it came about.

Guy here, said he was a 'manager' with '15 years of experience' when pushed he really didnt know what he was doing, the site he should us was a paraphrased site and he didnt understand why it might cause problems.
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Heh ... Had a smarty pants show up with 20 years experience ... at age 21 ... 5 years IT, 5 years SEO, 5 years php coding, 5 years webmaster. :)
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That's impressive...
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He thought so. :)
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PS ... didn't get the job. Why? Asked what MARKETING contracts he had signed on a company's behalf at the ripe old age as a MINOR.
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I remember the good ol' days (late 90s, early 00s) when you could get hired for a technical position if you could spell "IT."

Oh, and having a heartbeat was a bonus.