Re: Letter of Recommendation
Ok, so here is a touch different perspective, but I feel like more and more companies are adopting a similar style:
If a CV comes to my desk with 50 million certificates, qualifications and whatnot attached, I won't bin it (probably), but my first reaction is that this person seems to be very much attached to titles and spends possibly too much time doing useless exercises instead of actual work. All I expect in the qualification department is a short sentence on the highest education achieved. I don't care to go through transcripts or dwell on what grades they've got, as in 99% of the cases I find it is irrelevant.
If they claim they have the required skills and experience, we have a short phone call, and if we both click and like what we hear, the candidate receives a simple homework assignment that tests their analytic, basic math and reasoning skills. If I like their solution, they get invited for a face to face interview where we discuss their approach face to face.
This way I get a fairly good picture of their personality and communication skills, while they get to see our company culture, how we work and what we expect.
No stupid brain teasers or HR personality tests. The homework assignment and subsequent discussion is a much more efficient filter than any certifications could ever be.