Well..... Did you get those jobs?
My toughest interview was tough not because of the tech side but the management side. I was being laid off from a company in Miami when my wife was pregnant with our first child and we had a down payment on our first house. My company had a sister company who was looking, so I went over and interviewed.
This was back in the mid 80's and I had tons on PC experience but no mainframe. During the first interview, I was told I would be primarily PC based but I would get 20-30% mainframe work. It sounded great, so great in fact, that while waiting for my second interview I turned down several other offers.
The second interview took 4 weeks to materialize, by that time my severence pay was dwindling. I went to the interview and talked to my direct manager and his boss (Mr. Drill Sergent). They started grilling me about PC stuff, which I know. Then they ask if I have any questions. I say "What kind of mainframe tasks will I be doing?" At that point Drill Sargent says none! I'm shocked and it shows. I tell them I've turned down better opportunities because of the mainframe exposure this job offers. Well, Drill Sargent goes totally ballistic. He starts screaming and cursing at me. Saying "What's my major f#$% up?" He's inches from my face yelling full volume. Then he says he doesn't want me unless I am fully aware that I will be PC only AND I'm happy about it. I put on a smile and say sure no problem. I need this job now. Drill Sargent leaves and my direct manager tries to calm me down. Kind of like good cop, bad cop. He says DS is a little high strung. I chuckle, "A little?"
To make a long story even longer, I had planned to visit my home in NY next week, so I called my family and had them check to local classifieds. They found one job that sounded like me. I called from the airport, stopped by the head hunter's house, and interviewed the next day. The company liked me and made me a better offer. So on the Friday better I was supposed to start working for the Drill Sargent I called and said I couldn't make it. I told my direct manager and I could hear the fear in his voice as he realized he was going to have to break the news. He was so whipped that he actually asked me why I wasn't coming to work there!
PS. The company I went to work for was Grumman Aerospace and it was one of the best jobs I ever had. I also got just enough mainframe experience to round out my resume perfectly.
My final two cents as advice.
The two toughest interviews I had:
1. I was taking the place of a consultant. He sat me in a room with the VP of IT, with my resume in front of me. I assume he had gone through it before hand and proceeded to give me scenarios of various natures for an hour which I had to answer and occassionaly debate. I had everything from "what's normalization" to "suppose you forgot the rconsole password for your netware serveR and needed to get it back" to "how do you handle security in a client-server env". It was challenging because every single thing on my resume was challenged.
2. Went to a division of DoubleClick.com which needed to replace 3 DBA consultants with 2 perms. One of the consultants was converting. They put me in a room.
First, the 3 SQL DBas come in and grill me for an hour, round robin style. They had notes and pads and kept firing questions one after the other.
10 min breal
Next, an Oracle DBA comes in and grills me on networks, general SQL ,etc for 30-45 min.
Lead developer for the 2 apps I would support comes in and spends her 1/2 hour.
VP comes in to give the final "will you fit in" interview.
That's what you should do before you hand over your data to the next MCDBA!