[TriLUG] Red Hat System Admin class
glcox at pobox.com
Thu Nov 8 19:18:01 EST 2007
On Thu, 8 Nov 2007, Nick Goldwater wrote:
> ----- "Matthew Lavigne" <lavigne at thosebastards.net> wrote:
> | I would expect a candidate with an RHCE to be able to completely
> | and easily complete the task that I used to set to my interview
> | candidates; to install the binary nvidia driver from the command
> | line, including editing and configuring the XFree86Config file
> | (or Xorg.conf now).
> Was the guy a RHCE? Also what about all the Debian users out
> there that would not take the test in the first place? I agree
> that you cannot pass the test without knowing the Red Hat
> distribution, however I firmly believe that it should not be
> weighted heavier than practical job experience etc.
Y'know, I was thinking about that as an interview question. If
posed at $WORK, you'd approve a DBA and a Weblogic admin who happen to
spend inordinate amounts of time tuning Beryl, while eliminating 6-7
of 8 sysadmins (most of whom run OSX on the desktop, or just took
default settings of Ubuntu).
I dunno, I'm not a fan of the RHCE exam as a measure of usefulness in
the office. It's likely going to come down to "what do you need
on this job?" and maybe there's some shop that needs exactly what an
RHCE learns. I GUESS being certified to fix CUPS on a RHEL box while
rassafrassa SELINUX=enforcing is useful.. somewhere..
In hiring, I like to see more skillz in hetrogenous environments (to
say nothing of the candidate passing the "would I ever go have a beer
with them?" test). Could be that I'm jaded from interviewing an RHCE
who vehemently 'corrected' me when I asked something about vfstab on
a Solaris box.
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