Just to revive the issue from SQA_Tiger's original Beyond Belief thread.
I got fooled by the part of having a 'ringer' phone interview for a potential job candidate this last week. Basically here is what happened.
I work for a consulting firm and we do work across the U.S., and we try to 'contract' local people if needed when we cannot get an FTE consultant to the client. We are a small shop so this does happen often. We pulled a couple of resume's of people off of the job boards that looked to fill the knowledge/experience for the project we had coming up. Our internal recruiter contacted the person and setup a technical interview with me over the phone (we were not in the same state). When I spoke with this person they were right on the money with knowledge and speaking ability, so they looked like a good candidate. I was ready to move forward, but wanted to check out a couple more candidates to cover my bases.
The next resume I got from our internal recruiter looked almost the same as the previous person I just spoke to. I did a side by side comparison and the first page had a knowledge section that was 95% the same between the two, there were only a few tweeks. [img]/images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img] I went back and talked with my recruiter to find out what was up. They replied it looked like the two candidates were probably from the same Contract Registry (do Corp. to Corp. contract) and that they had probably used a ringer for my phone interview. So we called the "person" I talked with about an hour later. Guess what, not the same person (voice, speaking skills or knowledge)! Their resume and the other one immediately went into the trash can!
I was ****ed off for the rest of the day due to this incident. There are some places out there where they just doctor up the resume so they can get high on the hit list and then have a 'ringer' get the job for some dumb schmo! I had heard about this bait and switch crap, but never thought I would get caught by it. I still want to find the company that did this and expose their fracking asses for this B.S. [img]/images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img] [img]/images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img] [img]/images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img] !!!!
Caveat emptor (buyer beware)
And the sad thing is I feel sorry for the poor dumb schmo's who are being setup by these types of companies. It insults me as a Testing professional because I have worked hard to achieve my place in this industry and to have some crook go hose it up by pulling this crap. Testing has enough of a Rodney Dangerfield complex as is. GRR!!!!
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Maybe we should start a registary of individuals and companies involved in this.
One consolation, you did not hire before you found out.
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I would like to expose these fraud's, but knowing my luck I would get sued. And yes, I am glad I found out before hiring this person and having them hose up a new project and [censored] off the client.
With what you described and situations like this, it isn't a wonder why we derious individulas have a difficult time trying to convince perspective employers/clients that we can contribute in a positive way.
Also means when I sart looking for a new job here shortly I am gong to have a harder time convincing those companies I apply to that I am someone that I am, and have true experience.
Jim nice piece of detective work there, if one of them had slipped thru the net it could have soured your relationship with the client and cost you $$$$$$.
I did a contract where the test manager used to go thru the resumes (Curriculum Vitae's), make a short list, then circulate them round the team to see if anyone had a problem with any of the prospecive employee's (easier to do in the UK as the testing market is much smaller than the US).
He was more concerned with keeping his staff happy than adding another CV to the shortlist, an attitude I found quite refreshing as the team were 50/50 permmie/contractors.