Do IT Certifications Hurt IT Professionals?
In theory, IT certifications are good for the IT professional because the certified person will be more qualified than the non-certified person applying for the same job. In some cases, being certified is required before one is considered for an interview. Does this practice increase the quality of the applicant pool or decrease it?
It has been my experience that many hiring managers, with the exception of IT outsourcing companies, do not think highly of many certifications. I suspect that two major contributing factors are boot camps and exam answer websites. I worked very hard to pass several exams for a Microsoft certification but never completed all 7 of the required tests.
Meanwhile, someone who I know but will remain anonymous, simply paid for the exam answers and is not only certified but his certification may have helped him further his career. He justified his decision to cheat on the exams by explaining that he is already a competent and highly accomplished IT Professional. Having the credential simply allows him the opportunity to prove this at interviews which he would otherwise not have. In his opinion, if he cheated on the exam but did not have the reqiured technical proficiency for the job, this would be exposed during his interview. Therefore, he was not lying about his skillset.