Re: How do you conduct technical interviews ?

From: Rajeev Prabhakar <>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2008 12:43:13 -0400
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Hello Dba,

If you (or for that matter any group/organization(s) wants individuals to have cross domain
problem solving mindset, ask him/her/them up front during the interview process about
it OR If that's too late in the game, actively encourage/highlight/communicate that approach within the team and go from there.

I believe, in lots of big organizations, knowledge silos get formed and lots of techies tend to
follow the "let the subject matter expert look at it" thought (whether or not they are capable
of troubleshooting/resolving it).

If reason is pure "lack of technical abilities", the uninterested individuals could be encouraged/
gradually educated. However, if the core issue is non-technical - e.g. - group culture where
only leads/highly experienced/subject matter experts are expected to own the resolution of
the problem in practical sense, that is more of an overall environment/management issue in
my view.

-- Received on Wed Aug 13 2008 - 11:43:13 CDT

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