[Serious] What is the biggest gap you’ve seen between the technical skills someone listed on their resume, and their actual skills once they got the job? What happened when this gap became apparent?

[Serious] What is the biggest gap you’ve seen between the technical skills someone listed on their resume, and their actual skills once they got the job? What happened when this gap became apparent?

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  1. I’m a Senior Systems Architect consultant who is occasionally responsible for interviewing candidates for full stack web developers. It is getting to the point where it is nearly impossible to find people who aren’t outright lying on their resumes. I have sat through hours and hours of interviews asking candidates *softball questions* about basic HTML, JavaScript, and C#, and these people fold under the most basic questioning, many unable to answer a single question. I’d say about half of the interviews we conduct are people whose resumes are whole clotch fabrication. Another 30% are people who lied in certain parts or heavily embellished their skills, and the rest are legit people who know their shit.

    It’s a chronic problem in my industry because of the rise of movements like AntiWork. People will list a mountain of skills on their resume and list major firms in their job history, when it’s all a lie. They can’t write a single line of code but they’ll tell you they just left Microsoft working as a Senior Engineer after ten years.

    Sometimes these people slip through the cracks when I’m not available for interviews and they go through other non-technical interviewers. Being put on assignment with these people is a fucking nightmare. I’m constantly hand holding and cleaning up their mistakes so my firm doesn’t look bad in front of the client.

    The hardest part is that my industry (healthcare) requires (Epic) certifications that hardly anyone has, so we have to scrape the bottom of the barrel sometimes and just accept that we’re going to be sending someone who only barely meets the requirements, knowing that I’ll be spending a lot of time micromanaging that person.

    I love my job when I don’t have to deal with these people but God damn it’s frustrating when I do.

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  3. oooo we hired this guy who listed 30 years of field experience in oil refineries to help with new plant commisioning. Part of the job is to take samples from locations at “height”. In this case, it was about 10 feet up. Every oil refinery has sample locations / meters / valves in much, much, much, higher locations.

    Turns out he was afraid of heights. He was given 3 months to find a new job.

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