The reason I found this thread in the first place is because I am trying to train myself in database administration skills and did a google search on, "What is an index?"
As I have said before, I am glad I came across this thread. I have gained a great deal of insight and it has encouraged me to attempt to develop myself further in the DBA field, with some encouraging words from Brandie, Grant and Jeff.
The only honesty Mark has expressed in this thread as far as I can see is that he was honest about needing a well paid job to pay the mortgage. Well, I think we can all agree, we would all like well paid jobs!
However, I think we would also all agree that for most of us (those with any honesty, integrity or decency about them) we would NEVER attempt to get into a job the way Mark has. It's interesting, that the only job he has managed to get so far, he only got by chance and was out after two weeks!!! (I'm not including the first week, that comment about spending it taking long walks and enjoying the weather made me sick) I'm not surprised he didn't last long after his manager returned.
I think Mark is either lying or confused. There is a vast difference between asking for interview tactics and cheating at interview. I thought from the beginning that Mark was trying to do the latter and I was surprised at how helpful you guys were!
Anyway, Brandie, you pointed me in the direction of a fantastic little article you wrote, "Changing Career Gears". Suggest to Mark that he reads it and attempts a different approach before he completely detroys his chances of ever getting a DBA position, well paid or not!!!
Mark, nobody is trying to criticise you, but people didn't get to where they were by slacking and cheating. Get your head down and get on with it! And thanks for starting this thread, I didn't like what you were trying to do but I have enjoyed reading it and found it informative. 🙂