Re: Job interview questions

Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2015 19:43:24 -0400
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Like I said, it depends on the *sort* of trivia. :-)

Questions designed to test whether or not you know the exact spelling of an initialization parameter or DBA_ view name are not really terribly useful.

Questions designed to test whether you understand what a "rolling upgrade" is, or perhaps whether you appreciate (and can explain) the difference between a logical and a physical standby *might* be. Heck, asking a DBA (candidate) to describe the differences between RAID-1 and RAID-5 might be very informative, too, although it might be partially testing the age of the candidate. (With storage as virtualized as it is, how many people still use RAID-1 or RAID-5 in their pure forms these days?)

On Thu, Jun 4, 2015 at 6:58 PM, Mladen Gogala <> wrote:

> On 06/04/2015 01:46 PM, MARK BRINSMEAD wrote:
> I am not really sure how well testing "Oracle trivia" measures skill.
> Well, it depends on the *sort* of trivia, I suppose.
> In my humble opinion, the knowledge of Oracle trivia shows you the level
> of the candidate's immersion in the Oracle world and the degree to which
> the candidate follows literature and the latest events. I used to ask about
> the usual computer geek trivia, like the airspeed velocity of an unladen
> swallow or the answer to the question of life, universe and everything,
> just to see whether I am dealing with a genuine computer geek. I
> discontinued such a practice, because I have encountered several genuine
> computer geeks who haven't read Douglas Adams and watched Monty Python,
> Blackadder or Red Dwarf.
> --
> Mladen Gogala
> Oracle DBA

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