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Consultant putting me for a role I am not qualified for

 
Billy Sclater
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I've just come off the phone with an IT recruitment consultant. She suggested that I apply for a C#developer job.
I explained that I only have a Java certifications and would never advertise myself as C#.

I read 'Learn Visual C# in 24hours' about 10 years ago, and have 'dabbled' in legacy/vintage C about 15 years ago, but that is all!

She said not to worry, as once you have learned one language, it is easier to cross over and you can learn as you go.

A few alarm bells are ringing. What do you guys think? Assuming that the C# position is absolutely entry level,
does what she is saying sound feasible?

 
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Yes, but only if she's not trying to fool the hiring company.

I was hired for my first Java job knowing only C++ -- the company knew this and trusted that I'd be able to pick Java up with no problems.

But all this assumes that the company itself knows that you'd be starting from the ground up, and that it's what you want to do.
 
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Well there are definitely similarities between C# and Java. I have recently discovered this when asked to do some C#. So, I think you can easily pick the language up if you are from a Java background.

The main point, as Bear has stated, is do you want a C# role?
 
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Thanks guys, if I decide to take the job, I'll make it clear to the client that I am a newbie as far as C# is concerned!
 
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Call the agent and ask her if the client understands that your background is Java, not C#, but make it clear that you're happy to go ahead on that basis (assuming you are happy to do so). If you don't want to go for a C# job, tell her now but put a positive spin on it - you want to focus on extending your Java skills right now, blah blah.

If you go ahead and get an interview, be up-front with the employer as well, but be positive about the opportunity to gain skills on a new platform: there is probably a lot of common ground between Java and C#, and you could do some preparatory work in advance as well. If the employer turns out to be expecting a C# guru, apologise but make sure they know you were perfectly honest with the agent about your skills/experience.

My own experience is that most people appreciate clarity and honesty in these situations, and nobody wants to waste time trying to place a square peg in a round hole.

Good luck, anyway.

 
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