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Archives: November 2013

It sure would be grand to have interesting interviews

Coincidentally, in a week of debate and thinking and writing on IT interviews and candidates, XKCD has gifted us with something beautiful: a comic about an interview more interesting than any I’ve ever heard. Enjoy. Happy Friday, Jen McCown http://www.MidnightDBA.com/Jen

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0 comments, 238 reads

Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 22 November 2013

What should a candidate know about your company?

I had a great comment (Ryan McCauley’s) on yesterday’s post that led to a great conversation on Twitter. The comment mentioned a phone screen candidate that was turned down out of hand, because the guy didn’t know what the company did. I personally think that what a candidate (especially in…

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6 comments, 1,433 reads

Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 19 November 2013

How to Fail a Phone Screen

It’s funny to me how easy it is to fail a phone screen – both as the interviewer, and as the interviewee – especially considering the fact that the purpose of a phone screen is to determine whether a candidate is worth bringing in for an interview.  That’s a pretty…

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6 comments, 3,313 reads

Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 18 November 2013

Compare tables to find missing rows

Let’s talk about the case where you want to compare tables to see what’s missing. We might be comparing a list of orders to an imported set of data in a staging table. Or, we’re identifying customers in the database that aren’t on the call list. Whatever the application, finding…

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3 comments, 321 reads

Posted in SQL Awesomesauce on 14 November 2013