I see many people talking about the proliferation of SharePoint “wannabees,” and the messes they create. It can be difficult for an organization to truly assess skill level of the candidates they are interviewing. So how does an organization with no SharePoint professionals on staff screen for qualified candidates? Certifications and references tell some of the story, but it seems there might be a better way to gauge SharePoint skills. What if there was a universal skills test, with a ranking system? SharePoint pros could take a test, and get a rank that can be referenced with and ID by whatever organization is seeking to hire. For instance, on a scale of 1-10, a particular candidate might be a 6 on overall knowledge, but a 9 on SharePoint Administrator specialty, and an 8 on SharePoint Developer specialty. So their score might be SP6-SPA9-SPD8. These scores could be put into a resume, and would give a much more comprehensive picture of SharePoint knowledge and skill level. Candidates could study and increase their knowledge and retest every year or 6 months. It seems most companies hiring SharePoint professionals these days have gone to contract to hire so that they can “try before they buy.” Maybe we could reverse this trend with a SharePoint Skill Ranking System.