Cheating Part 3: Cheating Hurts Present and Future Employers

When an employer hires someone to perform a job role they look at several critical factors such as employment history, communication skills, experience, training, certification. Some of these are easily verifiable (communication skills), while others are more ambiguous (level of experience). When someone cheats or lies about any of these (such as certification or experience) and still gets the job or promotion, they harm their employer and peers by consistently under-performing in their job. Someone else has to be assigned to pick up the slack, and then they eventually fire and replace the under-performing person.

I’m sure that many of you have seen this happen first-hand. You may have even seen someone cause damage to critical systems or put a project over budget. It just doesn’t make sense to me that people would put themselves and their companies at risk like this.

Do you have experience with an under-performer who you suspect may have cheated? Who picked up the slack? What did you do?

Paul Sorensen,
Director, Oracle Certification

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IMHO, the main issue here is one of enforcement. If a doctor, lawyer, pilot, or other professional was found to have lied on his or her application about experience obtained through proper channels (i.e. MD degree, state bar membership, pilot's license), what would happen is that person would be drummed out of the industry by his/her peers, and possibly face legal prosecution. Lying about one's certification as an Oracle DBA usually faces no such consequences, even though it does fit the legal definition of fraud (deliberately misleading an employer about one's background or experience) here in the United States. If employers started prosecuting the guilty "DBAs" for fraudulent behavior, the cheating situation would change dramatically.

Posted by Jim Czuprynski on November 25, 2008 at 01:32 AM PST #

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