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Posted Tuesday, February 18, 2014 9:06 AM


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We’re recruiting for a support role here. As part of the interview, we see how they approach problem solving and give them an example of a web app with a SQL back end for time recording, which no one can log into (this is an intermittent production issue). The best (bearing in mind the thread title) answer we’ve had was “The users must be doing something wrong”
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I love getting stammering responses to questions like "What do you like to do?"



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I love getting stammering responses to questions like "What do you like to do?"
"I'm sorry, but I don't see the relevance, I thought we were discussing a job opening?"


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"I can't believe you're asking me all these product specific questions. You shouldn't be writing your queries using product specific language because that eliminates the ability to quickly and easily change platforms." - A candidate for a SQL Server Database Developer position.

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The following was in 1991 and in response to the question, "How many seminars or classes have you attended to keep up on technology?"

Answer: "I'm not really into continuing education. I've been programming for 8 years now and I don't see how things can change much from all that I've seen."

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The following was in 1991 and in response to the question, "How many seminars or classes have you attended to keep up on technology?"

Answer: "I'm not really into continuing education. I've been programming for 8 years now and I don't see how things can change much from all that I've seen."



Is this guy still working in RPG or did he break down and attend a seminar somewhere along the way?


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The following was in 1991 and in response to the question, "How many seminars or classes have you attended to keep up on technology?"

Answer: "I'm not really into continuing education. I've been programming for 8 years now and I don't see how things can change much from all that I've seen."



Is this guy still working in RPG or did he break down and attend a seminar somewhere along the way?

Maybe he's a Project Manager asking developers to do things as he used to 20 years ago.



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The following was in 1991 and in response to the question, "How many seminars or classes have you attended to keep up on technology?"

Answer: "I'm not really into continuing education. I've been programming for 8 years now and I don't see how things can change much from all that I've seen."



Is this guy still working in RPG or did he break down and attend a seminar somewhere along the way?

Maybe he's a Project Manager asking developers to do things as he used to 20 years ago.


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A candidate who described himself as a database performance and recovery specialist.

Me: You get alerts that a critical database is not available and when you look in Management Studio you see that SQL has flagged the database as Suspect. What is the first thing that you do?

Him: Open Visual Studio and start a new VB project.

Me: .........



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"I can't believe you're asking me all these product specific questions. You shouldn't be writing your queries using product specific language because that eliminates the ability to quickly and easily change platforms." - A candidate for a SQL Server Database Developer position.

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