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May 4, 2007 / Bob Black

Liar, Liar

Wow, looks like even the Dean of MIT can’t tell the truth on her resume (she lied about which schools she earned degrees from).

We’re interviewing again for another .Net developer position, and as I’ve said many times before, I don’t even look at resumes anymore. It doesn’t matter…

  • what school you went to
  • which degrees you have
  • what certifications you’ve completed

…you can still be a complete moron, a lazy developer that never cracks a book, or a host of other disqualifiers.

But back to the topic at hand: lying seems to be quite rampant. Or maybe, people just don’t understand when they’re lying. A resume landed on my desk just the other day (which HR had already screened, incidentally) that listed MCSD as one of the candidate’s credentials. Next to MCSD was the abbreviation (TBD). Which meant the candidate hadn’t quite completed his MCSD certification. Huh.

So, why was it on his resume to begin with? I could care less if he’s trying to get his MCSD. That’s like saying “I’m trying to get admitted to Harvard”, or “I’m trying to learn programming.”

In the infamous words of Yoda, “Do, or do not. There is no try.”

Or if I could rephrase, “Don’t be puttin’ stuff on your resume that ain’t right.”

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