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Back when we actually used to hire people my job as an interviewer was to assess technical skills, so I didn't go with any kind of super fancy test, I went with a realistic sample of what gets done at our company every day: Connect to a database, spit out some data to a web page. It was amazing the kinds of resumes that came across my desk versus what they could do. Some were owners of their own start up web based company that made six figures, others had multiple college degrees, others had certifications, etc. The biggest disappointment was always the college degrees. People leaving college with an Information Systems or Computer Science degree honestly believing that that was supposed to get them the job. Unfortunately the CS departments at just about every university are mired in teaching "Computer Science" instead of "Software Engineering", with no actual usable skills when they graduate. I've had so many flame wars about that topic on Slashdot I've lost count, but since I earned myself a CS degree, and I've attended CS programs at multiple universities I consider myself at least well versed in the subject. About the only thing the degree is good for is making your resume look good.
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2010 on The Non-Programming Programmer at Coding Horror
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