Interviews Part 2

  • DBA is very broad profession these days. There is no more only production or development DBA's or just database architects. The companies require jacks-of-all-trades in this position. As a result of that DA become the generalists, which is very negative tendency to the quality of DBA's work and level of expertise.

    I am sure the base was there and if you will give a person right structure to work in and time you will see the results. No one knows everything and we tend to forget things that we do not touch time. I bat you have some areas where you are not good.

    The task in interview the reveal potentials of the candidate and his strongest sides.

    You were trying elevate yourself. You need to get over your memory caused by junior level years and srat to think as a team leader if you want to mentor and get the results of of it. So, your attacks, to the person that is obviously not that great in query tuning anymore, is unfair and shows some level of insecurity in you.

    Can you give me in short paragraph the guidelines for the developer to evaluate the query performance without looking at show plan?


  • My recent reply was related to the author of the article.


  • Well you had me entertained until you decided to send that sad excuse of an e-mail to the interviewee. It really showed your lact of tact and sadly you sent it from your company e-mail. It really showed an abuse of power on your part as the interviewer. I only hope I don't show my Jr. DBAs that kind of arrogance.

  • Abuse of power? Make the individual feel lesser of an individual because of his knowledge base? Served no useful purpose?

    These are some of the opinions about e-mail sent to the interviewee that I definitely don't agree with. While there is little doubt about the fact that it was neither tactful nor politically correct, it could have served a useful purpose : It said precisely what is the reason for refusing the candidate. I hate those answers that are polite and say nothing ("we found a better candidate") and I would prefer to receive an e-mail like this one. I would not feel "lesser of an individual" because of it, IMHO precisely these prefabricated politically correct answers are what can one make feel like a wheel in a machinery. This answer was personal, individually written, and for me it would be a proof of the fact that they really considered my performance and found it bad.

    True, a few of the formulations used were more personal and more harsh than necessary, but nobody is perfect. People should be able to hear the true opinion of other about themselves and take it. They can disagree with it, they can think that the interviewer was wrong, but they can learn a lot from it - either that they don't know enough, or that they have problems explaining things they in fact know, or that this position was entirely different from what they are looking for... or even that they wouldn't like to work under such boss anyway. Much, much better than simple "access denied" error message you get so often

    Thanks for sharing your experience!

  • 80% of people inflates their resume. May everyone % of inflate in not same but they do.........:)

  • Sounds like a REALLY poor interview... on both sides. If I had an interview with someone that had Sean's personality I would have walked out too. Not the kind of person I would ever work for / with/

  • Please note: 6 year old thread.

    Gail Shaw
    Microsoft Certified Master: SQL Server, MVP, M.Sc (Comp Sci)
    SQL In The Wild: Discussions on DB performance with occasional diversions into recoverability

    We walk in the dark places no others will enter
    We stand on the bridge and no one may pass
  • Point?

  • GilaMonster (4/30/2011)

    Please note: 6 year old thread.

    I wonder why it bothers you that people "activate" old threads?

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