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The Dixie Flatline (3/25/2014)
My poster child interview disappointment: Good resume' on paper, but then the man walked in, opened up his laptop, and scrolled through a "cheat sheet" document each time he was asked a question. He rarely made eye contact as he paged up and down searching for answers. When his answers were so off base that we rephrased questions, he would argue that he had already answered them. Go figure.


Why would you let him use his laptop? I would have asked politely to close it and focus on the interview.



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The Dixie Flatline (3/25/2014)
My poster child interview disappointment: Good resume' on paper, but then the man walked in, opened up his laptop, and scrolled through a "cheat sheet" document each time he was asked a question. He rarely made eye contact as he paged up and down searching for answers. When his answers were so off base that we rephrased questions, he would argue that he had already answered them. Go figure.


Cool. Open book interview questions. You don't mind if I just turn my MIFI on do you? I'll be connecting to SQL Server Central during the interview process. You guys just keep an eye out for any questions marked "URGENT." That'll be me.

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I have two favorites, on opposite ends of the spectrum.

Many moons ago, close to twenty years now, I interviewed a guy for an Access developer's position (yes, they used to pay for that). This guy answered every single question like he had written the product. It was amazing. I'd never met anyone who knew so much. We brought three different people in to ask questions and he aced them all. So we hired him. His first day on the job, he didn't get anything done... and I mean anything. Second day, we started watching him. He'd never sat in front of a computer before. He didn't know how to work the mouse. He was confused by the keyboard. He had clearly never even touched a computer before. But, we turned him away from the computer and asked him how to do stuff, and he knew it all. Weirdest darned thing I'd ever seen.

My second favorite is short & sweet. We were interviewing someone for a senior level SQL Server position. After a couple of questions (which he didn't do well on) he stated, "Why are you asking me all these questions that are product specific. You should only ever be using ANSI standard commands & syntax and never, ever use any of the product specific controls or functions. Otherwise how can you nimbly shift between different platforms." And then he got vehement about it. It was fun.


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Grant Fritchey (3/25/2014)
He got vehement about it. It was fun.


I can imagine the fun that could be had.




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Grant Fritchey (3/25/2014)
He got vehement about it. It was fun.


I can imagine the fun that could be had.


Some of these would make good UTube material.
I can imagine someone pretends to be taking notes on a tablet, like notes of the responses, while actually recording the interview.
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My poster child interview disappointment: Good resume' on paper, but then the man walked in, opened up his laptop, and scrolled through a "cheat sheet" document each time he was asked a question. He rarely made eye contact as he paged up and down searching for answers. When his answers were so off base that we rephrased questions, he would argue that he had already answered them. Go figure.


Cool. Open book interview questions. You don't mind if I just turn my MIFI on do you? I'll be connecting to SQL Server Central during the interview process. You guys just keep an eye out for any questions marked "URGENT." That'll be me.

<sigh>

I have two favorites, on opposite ends of the spectrum.

Many moons ago, close to twenty years now, I interviewed a guy for an Access developer's position (yes, they used to pay for that). This guy answered every single question like he had written the product. It was amazing. I'd never met anyone who knew so much. We brought three different people in to ask questions and he aced them all. So we hired him. His first day on the job, he didn't get anything done... and I mean anything. Second day, we started watching him. He'd never sat in front of a computer before. He didn't know how to work the mouse. He was confused by the keyboard. He had clearly never even touched a computer before. But, we turned him away from the computer and asked him how to do stuff, and he knew it all. Weirdest darned thing I'd ever seen.

My second favorite is short & sweet. We were interviewing someone for a senior level SQL Server position. After a couple of questions (which he didn't do well on) he stated, "Why are you asking me all these questions that are product specific. You should only ever be using ANSI standard commands & syntax and never, ever use any of the product specific controls or functions. Otherwise how can you nimbly shift between different platforms." And then he got vehement about it. It was fun.


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Well, it's not a totally unreasonable position, so long as you actually know what you're talking about...
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paul.knibbs (3/26/2014)
Well, it's not a totally unreasonable position, so long as you actually know what you're talking about...


Maybe. I mean, the organization I was with is still using SQL Server, 15 years on. So we shouldn't use all the stuff that SQL offers that's outside the ANSI standard so we can switch, even though we're not switching and all that stuff that's outside the ANSI standard could really speed things up or make things work better? That's an odd stance. Just sayin'.


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paul.knibbs (3/26/2014)
Well, it's not a totally unreasonable position, so long as you actually know what you're talking about...


Are any of the Hekaton/columnstore features part of the ANSI standard?
It would seem hard to believe they do.
So you can't use any of the performance benefits because it is not "standard"?




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Seems I should clarify: I said it wasn't a totally unreasonable position, not that it was a position I agreed with. Wanting cross-compatibility between different database platforms is something that might be needed, even if not for the particular example cited.
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paul.knibbs (3/26/2014)
Seems I should clarify: I said it wasn't a totally unreasonable position, not that it was a position I agreed with. Wanting cross-compatibility between different database platforms is something that might be needed, even if not for the particular example cited.


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