I haven't hired/fired anyone recently. I've brought entry level people in and built them up from the ground floor. They eventually became MCPs,MCSE's. Once they attain that level, I personally know that they worked hard, and I reward them with an increase. About 4 years ago, times were tough in the job market, so I didn't see too many people jumping around from company to company. Things are getting better now. I know, because I get alot more offers now.
The TK saga continues. I will add my own personal story. My first exam was Windows 2000 professional(70-210) many years ago, it seems. I was in the field and took classes for 7 months, at night. I studied the MOC and transcenders. Also, I had one pc for experimentation. That was it! Transcenders had about 3 or 4 very similar questions on the exam, but that was about it. Everything else was completely new and/or reworded. I studied for 3 months. Regarding transcenders, I would study why the answers were wrong, why they were right.....So, after my MCSE courses were over, I studied for 3 months, the took the exam. I passed with a score in the low 700s. Granted, the passing score was at minimum, maybe 660. I was a happy camper. At the same time, I was not aware of TK and braindumps. Didn't know they existed! Then I passed 70-215, and so on.
Soon after I passed the exams, I was patting myself on the back to one of my vendor reps that comes in once in awhile. He told me that I took too long to study for them. It was him, that introduced me to the concept of braindumps. I reviewed a braindump for one of my exams. I was surprised to see all of the questions on it. I felt good that I passed(yes, I studied alot), but I quickly realized that there were so many people acing the exams now, with no experience in the IT world. So, the exam I just took, didn't mean that much to me.
If I see a candidate's Microsoft transcript, and notice that they took the design exams before the core exams, I will not hire them. Period.
I remember a few years ago when I belonged to another forum for certifications. One post really made me mad, but I laughed it off. Some guy was bragging that he aced(1000/1000) an exam. That's all he said in the post. So now, other members wrote back and asked what he used to prep, books, etc, the usual stuff. One member asked him what questions were on the exam? The guy who bragged about the score, said: I didn't study the questions. I just studied the answers! I actually was laughing for 2 days straight. He actually memorized the answers! That guy got alot a smack from the other members on the site too. Folks, that is your toilet paper mcse.
Most people do not want to spend 2 to 3 months studying for one exam. I get the feeling that they want the MCSE during that 3 month time frame. If I see something like that, they are not hired. My take is at least 6 months for MCSE. I love looking at the transcripts. It speaks volumes......
Everyone must do what they wish. I am completely satisfied with my certs, and my career. I can back up my certs with my 11+ years in the field. I agree that some of these exams are very difficult, and expensive for some of you. If you study TK, please read a book on the subject matter first, and then experiment on a test computer.
For the newbies out there, you have a choice.
A.) Go straight to the Shares section and download the latest TK for your exam.
B.) Put some quality study time in, experiment, talk with mentors, etc....and then review with TK.
Choice B is correct. But TK says answer A is correct.........