T-SQL Tuesday #54
An Interview Invitation
(The Start)

T-SQL Tuesday is close and is coming on 13th of May this month! I will be your host for number 54 thanks to Adam(b|t) and I thought it would be great to collect your opinion and/or experience on an unending topic:

Interviews and hiring.

My idea here is to hear from you anything related to interviews and hiring SQL Server professionals. That could be any of those below:

  1. The story of how did you get hired on your latest position?
  2. The most interesting interview you ever had?
  3. How do you think an interview should be handled? What should it include?
  4. Any “algorithms” of how to find the perfect candidate?
  5. If you are the one that leads the technical interview – what do you focus on?
  6. What are the most important questions to ask for the various SQL Server positions out there?
  7. Any combinations of those above?
  8. Anything else you’d love to share…

So, you have the whole freedom in the world. Whatever you want to write for – shoot!

At the end, for those of you who don’t know the rules, here are the most important ones:

  1. Your post must be published between 00:00 GMT Tuesday, May 13, 2014 and 00:00 GMT Wednesday, May 14, 2014.
  2. Include the T-SQL Tuesday logo at the top of your post, and have it link back to this post.
  3. Leave a comment here with the link to your post. It makes it easier for me to see who is participating.
  4. If you’d like to host a T-SQL Tuesday of your own, review the historical list of topics and reach out to Adam Mechanic for scheduling.

That’s it, #sqlfamily! I hope you’ll enjoy writing on this subject and I am already looking forward to your posts!

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    41 Comments on “T-SQL Tuesday #54
    An Interview Invitation
    (The Start)

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      • First of all – welcome to the TSQL2SDAY world! One more thing I was interested to hear from you – you mentioned in the blog posts that you were on an technical interview online – what was it? Was it just a test or a simulation of a specific solution/issue that needs to be addressed? (or probably both)? :)

        • Boris, Thank you for hosting this session. I have been meaning to join this for a little while. I have finally made it :)
          It was actually an online test. I was sent a URL and login details. The test covered Admin, Dev & BI. Each of the questions was time limited so that added to the pressure of being able to complete the questions. I did hear that they were not getting good results from the pre test. This was about 5 years ago. Personally I would not use this approach but like people have said here there are many different horses for courses.


          • I thought it was some kind of test. I saw those types of “technical evaluations” 3 years ago and I was also not that impressed. Have you ever considered setting up a VM with a real-life scenarios and giving the machine to someone that you are about to interview?

      • Thanks for that post, Rob! What are your current observations on hiring? Do you see and do you actually meet your “hopes” and have you hired people who are and could be with potential “high risk”?

        • I’ve hired successfully and unsuccessfully. One great example of hiring successfully is Julie Koesmarno (@mssqlgirl), who I’d met at three different PASS events in three different cities (Seattle, Sydney, Dallas) before hiring her. I knew from her profile she was going to be great, and she is!

      • Thanks for that blog post, sir! Have you ever hired a person who actually was “not that honest” during the interview or you have the intuition to notice those during the process itself? :)

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      • Thanks for that one, Koen! Really enjoyed it! Would you ever consider giving the candidate a machine to work and resolve some of the problems you mentioned or you expect him to write / describe it in a different way?

      • Kenneth, great one! By the way, I am in the process of switching to a new role, so I led the needed discussion already, but good point, I have to admit! :) Thanks for participating!

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