I’ve written before about interviewing a Database Administrator (DBA) and general hiring techniques. I’ve talked about how an interview should be a conversation, not a trivia contest. I always describe the interview process as being a lot like being on a blind date. You shouldn’t be looking to stump someone during an interview. Memorization of obscure facts such(…)
In case your iCal stopped working with the new iOS update I feel the need to tell you that next week is Christmas here in the USA. I assume it is Christmas in other parts of the world but I’ve never witnessed such celebrations personally in other countries. And I hate assuming that the rest of(…)
We all know that statistics get updated when you rebuild your indexes, right? OK, for those of you that are not aware of such things here is a blog post from Benjamin Nevarez (blog | @BenjaminNevarez) on the topic. He does a great job of explaining the subtle differences involved with various index and statistics(…)
The other day I wrote about the ten things I hate when interviewing someone. Today I will turn the tables and talk a bit about the things I don’t like to see as an interviewee. I’ve been involved in evaluating talent and interviewing others for over twenty years. I’ve also been on the other side(…)
An interview should be a conversation between two people. Nothing more, nothing less. In many ways it is like dating: two people sitting together and trying to learn a bit about each other to see if they want to spend more time together in the near future. If you are looking for a job (especially a(…)
Last week I made a sincere effort to help build some bridges. Since that post was published I have received many requests for a similar chart in the other direction: teaching a DBA on how to talk to a developer. Well, here it is. Enjoy!