Re: How do you conduct technical interviews ?

From: Connor McDonald <>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2008 22:12:37 +0800
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When asked (as one typically does at every interview):

*"Where do you see yourself in 5 years"*

its always fun to reply...

*"Probably in charge of you or your boss"*


On Wed, Sep 3, 2008 at 12:22 AM, <> wrote:

> Just got around to reading through this thread.
> I'll reluctantly :) part with my favorite interview question:
> You're sitting at your desk and the Help Desk calls you to say "Oracle is
> slow. Can you take a look at it?"
> What do you do?
> This encompasses a whole range of areas - gathering information about the
> problem (what database or application, what user called, is anyone else
> experiencing the problem, what were they doing), all the different
> possible places to look to identify the cause (anything from top to a 10046
> trace), how to research non-obvious issues (metalink, etc.). I'll prompt
> along the way, if they say x, what might be your next step? It also gives
> an idea of how doggedly they'll pursue a problem, if they'll think of saying
> that they'll check with other DBAs to see if the problem has occurred
> before, etc.. It provides scope for a lot of followup questions (e.g., how
> do you interpret the results of a trace).
> And yes, I have gotten that call with pretty much exactly that wording.

Connor McDonald

"Semper in excremento, sole profundum qui variat"

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