I'm in the same boat as a few others. Web development and design would actually be a distraction from what I get paid to be good at.
The best thing I even did for my resume was write articles for SSC, and include that in a summary of my accomplishments at the top of the resume. Impressed a lot of managers.
I interviewed a LOT last year. Most of the tech screenings were laughably bad.
Had one interviewer insist that, for his company, there was mission critical data that it would be okay to lose because the disk space for log backups would be too expensive to allow implementing point-in-time DR. Either the data is mission critical and can't be lost, or it's okay to lose a certain percentage of it as it isn't mission critical.
Had another interviewer who asked three questions: Number of clustered indexes per table, difference between temp tables and table variables, and what's a covering index. Somehow, I don't see those three really telling you the difference between "I've read part of a book about databases" and "I'm a top flight professional in the field".
Had another who spent 20 minutes grilling me about how to securely set up a DMZ and firewall, for a DBA position, and this was after I told him, "I have no idea. I've always had competent network ops people set that kind of thing up and I've not had to deal with it directly myself". 20 minutes of confirming that I really did have no idea, as I had asserted. What's that good for?
I had one good tech screening. The manager put a laptop in front of me with a copy of Management Studio on it, and a connection to their dev environment. Said, "take a look at it, tell me what you see". Inside of five minutes, he knew I could do what he needed. He read my SSC articles, checked my forum posts, and made the job offer that afternoon. That's good screening! (I got offers from all the rest, but that's not the point.)
At my current company, the manager brings in the whole dev team (it's only five people) for a portion of the interview. They ask questions relevant to current and future projects, and to the actual environment. It makes for a decent "good fit" test, as well as being extremely relevant to whether the new guy will be able to code or not. It works beatifully.
But no questions about binary sorts and that kind of thing.
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