IBM’s Global Technology Services has posted a job ad calling for candidates with a “minimum 12+ years’ experience in Kubernetes administration and management”.
Sharp-minded Reg readers will have recognised that – absent time travel – it is therefore not possible for anyone to have 12 years’ experience with Kubernetes.
The ad is sadly silent on just how IBM expects candidates will have found the time to accumulate a dozen years’ experience in a six-year-old project.
At least IBM is not alone in making such a silly mistake: developer Sebastián Ramírez, who created FastAPI and Typer, recently shared a similar experience on Twitter…
I saw a job post the other day. 👔
It required 4+ years of experience in FastAPI. 🤦
I couldn’t apply as I only have 1.5+ years of experience since I created that thing. 😅
Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate that “years of experience = skill level”. ♻
— Sebastián Ramírez (@tiangolo) July 11, 2020
Ramírez’s post sparked a lively conversation about similarly bonkers job ads, and unfortunately dopey candidates for tech jobs.
We interviewed a 28yo designer in 2012 who told us he had 17 years experience designing websites. I said, “Tim Berners-Lee doesn’t have 17 years experience designing websites.”
“Who’s Tim Berners-Lee?” he asked.
So yeah. 🤣
— lynn boyden (she/her) (@lrb23) July 11, 2020
If you’ve ever spotted a daft job ad, or been asked something especially silly in an interview, feel free to write to me and maybe we’ll get some more laughs from this situation. ®
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