I'm currently considering whether to invest the time to obtain the MCAD and MCSD developer certifications. I know that some companies are increasingly putting more emphasis on these qualifications for their staff.
Recently, we filtered job candidates to those who had achieved an MCAD or higher. After interviewing a select few, we found that many had simply learnt the answers to the exam questions through brain-dumps and Transcenders. Their overall knowledge was limited,
and not indicative of their seemingly reputable status as MCAD or MCSD. (Obviously, there were some exceptional candidates).
What are people's thoughts on how valuable these certifications are - either for themselves or for prospective companies?