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Whizlabs again

 
Tom Bomk
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Hi there,

I was just wondering how many companies actually use Whizlabs to test the Java knowledge of candidates. Does anyone have bad experience with it?
Somehow it's amazingly unjust, you have to know the nitty-gritty details which is absolutely far from what happens in real-life programming. I had a couple of awesome colleagues, but only one of us could pass e.g. SCJP above 90%, most of us scored between 70-80%. He memorized the class libraries and function signatures. But if you use a tool with code completion, you just don't care. You should be comfortable with the API, but not the exact signatures, I mean. I don't think that it's fair to rank people according to the _value_ of the score. If passed, we have one more guy to apply for projects and make managers confident that we have the Java know-how in our company. That's all.
What do you think?

Tamas
 
Ivan Matmati
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If someone is certified, he is certainly valuable to a company.But what for a non-certified? Manager always want to be comfortable with the level of their staff so that they can continue to sleep well :-).So they're looking for the maximum certified quality.
The problem with certification is that it doesn't measure all the skills that someone can have.And moreover it makes a uniform knowledge, since everybody has to know the same thing.
And what for very specialised person? They could do 100% on certain topic of certification but low score on the others.
I've passed two certifications, it's true that i feel better in my work since I have answers to questions that others don't even think about.
I'm faster to code and to avoid problems.
In conclusion, certification is a great experience, a great help in career and to find job.But it's like all the exams that I know, far from the every day job.
 
Sri Enga
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I attend a varitey of User groups and have good contacts in the Java world , as far as I know no one uses Whizlabs for screening/testing a candidate. PERIOD!. Certification is another matter , I think it carries values. Whilabs is a commercial product used to aid cerification aspirants and should be treated that way. In my company we have banned using any sort of commericial testing software for screening candidate.!
 
Pradeep Chopra
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Hello Tom,

To answer your question:
We've a different solution for Individuals and Corporations. The certification exam simulators used by individuals are not meant to be used for Employee Evaluation/Skill Assessment for corporates.

Corporations including Accenture, Infosys Technologies, Coface have used our solution for Skill Assessment, Certification Preparation and Recruitment. To know more, please refer to the following URL:
http://www.whizlabs.com/corporate/corporate.html

I hope this addresses your question?

Best wishes,
Pradeep
 
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