Vol. 19, #22 - June 2, 2014 - Issue #982

Evaluating IT hires

  1. Editor's Corner
    • From the Mailbag
    • Evaluating IT hires
    • Tip of the Week: Deleting temporary files
    • Recommended for Learning
    • Microsoft Virtual Academy
    • Quote of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Events Calendar
    • Americas
    • Europe
    • Asia Pacific
  4. Webcast Calendar
    • MSExchange.org Webinar: PST Files – The Hidden Threat to Your Next Project
    • Register for Webcasts
  5. Tech Briefing
    • Windows Server
    • Windows client
    • System Center
    • Windows Azure
  6. Windows Server News
    • What's the use of cloud with no cloud-ready apps?
    • User profile management helps control desktop customization
    • Configuration management and deployments made simple
    • Using the Rufus USB tool to build bootable USB flash drives
  7. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • Wakeboarding on the Open Sea
    • Wingsuit Flying Over Manhattan
    • Darcy Oake's Jaw-Dropping Dove Illusions
    • Hercules the Lion Roars in His Sleep
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • SolarWinds free Real-Time NetFlow Analyzer - Don't Let Bandwidth Hogs Slow Down Your Network

 

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Editor's Corner

From the Mailbag

Let's catch up on some of the mail we've been receiving...

Issue #980 Free Security Tools was all about free security tools available from Microsoft. A reader named Jay responded as follows:

Evaluating IT hires

A few months ago I was struck by a Business Insider article titled "India Is Facing An Epidemic Of Fake CVs From Desperate Job Seekers":

http://www.wservernews.com/go/1401446961233

After reading the article I wondered how widespread the problem of "resume padding" (which can range from "tweaking" to outright fraud) might be these days in the global IT industry. Then I wondered how companies looking for new IT hires were dealing with the situation.

Fraud is as old as the hills of course and it's certainly not new in the IT sector. When times get tough economically and people are struggling to find a job, it's inevitable that they will try to find ways to spin their qualifications and experience in ways that may catch the attention of prospective employers. But paying a fee to a fake IT company in order to have their "HR manager" verify your "employment history" with them when someone is trying to verify your experience is a bit much, isn't it? It's simply outright fraud.

But how do you catch a candidate that tries this kind of magic when they apply for an IT position with your company?

The paper chase

Back in the late 90s when I was a Microsoft Certified Trainer, everybody and their dog was trying to get their MCSE certification believing it was a sure ticket to a high five-figure job. Those of you who remember those times will also remember that back then the letters "MCSE" stood for "Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer" which had a real nice ring to it--until the engineering profession clamped down and Microsoft had to change it to Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert.

Of course, it was darn hard to go from being a complete computer noob to having a nice shiny MCSE pin on your lapel. But where there's a will, there's a way, and the free market stepped in to solve that problem by creating "MCSE mills" that created and sold exam prep books and software, some of which included real questions from actual Microsoft certification exams. This meant that a noob could simply buy (or "borrow") books/software, memorize the answers to the questions, and pass the exams. The result was a flood of "paper MCSEs" who had no real-world experience with setting up LANs, managing file servers, configuring remote access, and so on. Companies would then hire these paper MCSEs and they would either sink or swim, depending on how determined they were to survive in the IT profession.

Why would they even consider hiring such people? Because things were booming. The dot-com bubble was rapidly inflating, and everyone and their dog (sorry for repeating that metaphor, can anyone suggest an alternative?) wanted to cash in by creating an Internet startup which meant you needed computers which meant you needed "IT guys" and there was a shortage of these so they were in great demand.

Show me your stuff

Evaluating new IT hires on the basis of credentials and experience always involves some element of trust. Were the candidate's credentials acquired honestly or fraudulently? Did the candidate cheat on the exams? Are the references the candidate provided at arm's length or is their collusion?

The hardest thing is to discern whether the candidate can actually walk the walk or merely talk the talk. One way of determining this is to ask the candidate to demonstrate his or her skills in a controlled environment. For example, a friend of mine was interviewed for an IT position with a major tech company. After what seemed to be a normal interview, the candidate was conducted to a room where there was a bunch of computer equipment that included bare-metal servers, various storage devices, some Ethernet switches, network cards, cabling, and software. Most of the equipment worked but some of it had problems. The candidate was then asked to put together a working two-node server cluster and was told he had one hour to complete his task. Sweating, my friend got down to business and started working on the assigned task. He completed it with time to spare and was hired on the spot.

I think testing the skills of potential IT hires like this has value because it not only tests an individual's technical competency but also his or her confidence and ability to handle stress. What to you readers think about this kind of approach to evaluating potential IT hires? What have you done in the past to ensure your company hires the right person for an IT position? What hiring method has worked for you, and what hasn't worked? Share your experiences with us by emailing us at [email protected]

Tip of the Week: Deleting temporary files

When you run Disk Cleanup on a Windows computer, one of the items displayed is the amount of temporary files present on the machine:
 

GOT TIPS you'd like to share with other readers? Email us at [email protected]

Recommended for Learning

Is your business looking to hire more people in the near future? These books might help:

Hiring for Attitude: A Revolutionary Approach to Recruiting and Selecting People with Both Tremendous Skills and Superb Attitude
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1401450796811

The Essential Guide for Hiring & Getting Hired
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1401450799155

Hiring the Best: Manager's Guide to Effective Interviewing and Recruiting, Fifth Edition
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1401450801905

Hiring and Keeping the Best People
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1401450804483

Hiring Smart!: How to Predict Winners and Losers in the Incredibly Expensive People-Reading Game
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1401450807421

Hiring Talent: Decoding Levels of Work in the Behavioral Interview
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1401450810343

Microsoft Virtual Academy

Some announcements from the Microsoft Virtual Academy:

On-demand from MVA: "Building Blocks" for Developers

Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) provides free online IT training & learning of Windows, Microsoft Technologies through courses designed by industry experts. You can view a list of courses by topic or by product on their home page:

http://www.wservernews.com/go/1401451025280

Quote of the Week

"If you can't solve a problem, it's because you're playing by the rules." --Paul Arden

From his book "It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be" which is available from:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1401451123343

Until next week,
Mitch Tulloch

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Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

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Events Calendar

Americas

Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC 2014) in July, 2014 in Washington, D.C.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1401452533813

Microsoft SQL Server PASS Summit 2014 on November 4-7, 2014 in Seattle, Washington
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1401452535891

Europe

TechEd Europe on October 27-31, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1401452661768

Asia Pacific

TechEd New Zealand on September 9-12, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1401452730722

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Webcast Calendar

MSExchange.org Webinar: PST Files – The Hidden Threat to Your Next Project

Join Microsoft Exchange MVP Steve Goodman and Peter Mullens, Product Marketing Manager for C2C on Thursday, June 12, 2014, at 2pm EDT, 7pm BST for an informative discussion on the challenges managing data and PSTs before, during and after an upgrade or migration.

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During this interactive webinar you'll learn:

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Tech Briefing

Windows Server

Windows Server 2012 R2 Scale-Out File Server Clusters thoughts (The Windows Server FCI Blog)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1401453185431

Cleanup Windows.old after upgrading to Windows Server 2012 R2 (The Windows Server FCI Blog)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1401453193524

 

Windows client

Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up (CanITPro)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1401453265791

Migrate from Windows XP to Windows 8.1 with ConfigMgr 2012 R2 (ConfigMgr System Center)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1401453268213

Workplace Join for Windows 7 (TechNet Library)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1401453270432

 

System Center

Using Data DeDuplication with ConfigMgr 2012 R2 (Deployment Research)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1401453330870

Default Boot Images was not updated after a ConfigMgr 2012 R2 upgrade (ConfigMgr System Center)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1401453332839

Building a Private Cloud With System Center 2012 (Part 8) (WindowsNetworking.com)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1401453334792

 

Windows Azure

Create Your Own Base Virtual Image in Windows Azure (ms4u)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1401453521997


Windows Server News

What's the use of cloud with no cloud-ready apps?

The cloud continues to dominate in 2014, but what is the point of using cloud if you don't have any cloud-ready applications to drive business value? Despite massive benefits, cost and time consumption are preventing many organizations from making the switch. Find out why you can't afford to stay away from cloud-ready apps any longer in this comprehensive exclusive.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1401453889705

User profile management helps control desktop customization

When it comes to managing VDI deployments, default user profile settings make controlling virtual desktop customization easier for a multitude of reasons, especially for security purposes. Find out more about the different types of user profiles and what tools you need to make managing them easier.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1401453953893

Configuration management and deployments made simple

No matter what your IT background is, understanding the concept of declarative configuration management and gaining experience with Desired State Configuration (DSC) technology is challenging. Lock down configuration drift with an automation deployment strategy and learn what you need to get started with DSC using this exclusive, free resource.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1401454109708

Using the Rufus USB tool to build bootable USB flash drives

The Reliable USB Formatting Utility (Rufus) is a faster and easier alternative to the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool that enables users to run diagnostic tools and work on computers without an OS already installed. Find out everything you need to know about Rufus in this in-depth resource, and decide if this new problem-solving tool is right for your company.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1401454173834

 

WServerNews FAVE Links

This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff

GOT FUN VIDEOS or other fun links to suggest you'd like to recommend? Email us at [email protected]

We'll start with this amazing video submitted by one of our readers:

Wakeboarding on the Open Sea

They went Wakeboarding on the Open Sea. And suddenly they saw THAT:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1401454595790

Pretty cool! Now for some videos from Flixxy...

Wingsuit Flying Over Manhattan

Five wingsuit flyers flew over Manhattan at a top speed of 118 mph, using new wingsuit technology and covering a distance of two miles in less than two minutes.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1401454690603

Darcy Oake's Jaw-Dropping Dove Illusions

Not only can illusionist Darcy make doves appear out of nowhere, he also has an even bigger trick up his sleeve.

Hercules the Lion Roars in His Sleep

The king of the jungle is scary even when he sleeps.  I wonder what he is dreaming of?
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1401454820385


WServerNews - Product of the Week

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WServerNews - Editors

Mitch Tulloch is Senior Editor of WServerNews and is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. Mitch was lead author of the bestselling Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press and has published hundreds of articles for IT pros. Mitch is also a seven-time recipient of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for his outstanding contributions in support of the global IT pro community. Mitch owns and runs an information technology content development business based in Winnipeg, Canada. For more information see www.mtit.com

Ingrid Tulloch is Associate Editor of WServerNews and was co-author of the Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking from Microsoft Press. Ingrid is also Head of Research for our content development business and has co-developed university-level courses in Information Security Management for a Masters of Business Administration program.

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