Preparing for Performance-Based Tests
Ever since IT certifications were conceived, one of the criticisms regularly lodged against them has been their dubiousness as a means of dependably identifying talent. In the 1990s especially, many certification testing environments had inadequate protection for exam content, so information could be memorized and later distributed physically or virtually by ersatz (or not) candidates to those preparing to take the test. However, had cheating never even entered the picture, reliability would still be an issue, especially if prospective hires had little more than certifications as their qualifications. Employers are wary of people who might be good test-takers, but have little practical familiarity with a particular role or technology. These kinds of applicants will likely be passed over by people who have proved themselves to be proficient through years of on-the-job experience.
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