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Discussion on: What have you always wanted to ask a recruiter but couldn't?

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Anik Khan

Should a developer apply even if he doesn't meet the minimum required experience

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Robert Myers

I was going to add a question, but more from the other side, being involved as the hiring company before.

"Why do you send some for an interview that doesn't have the required experience?"

If it's something like a difference in years, or adjacent experience (C++ for C#, javascript for typescript) but they show promise, depending on the particular position, fine. But why the heck do you send someone that has NO experience, not even hobby, in the technology requested? For the record, it was for a driver and they sent someone that didn't even know what the phrase "kernel mode" meant.

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Anik Khan

I think Robert brings up an interesting scenario here 🙂 It's true that some folks cross the border of intuition and love clicking the "Apply" button. And I think a developer with one year of experience applying for jobs that require 5+yr of experience is nothing but being too naive.
But my concern was with those, who have 1 year of experience but most of the jobs required min. 2 years of experience.

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Robert Myers

1 and it asks for 2? Go for it. Even the 1 for 5 IF you have a strong portfolio or know you can blow them away at a code interview or tech interview. If your reasoning is instead "why not?", it's not for you.

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Anik Khan

Got it! 😀

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Glenn Stovall Author

Really like this question. I have some thoughts but I'll save it for the episode 😄