Re: Job interview questions

From: Stojan Veselinovski <>
Date: Fri, 05 Jun 2015 00:36:07 +0000
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The Oracle DBA interview question I like to ask these days is.... "Do you know MySQL, PostgreSQL or SQL Server"

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On Fri, Jun 5, 2015 at 9:44 AM MARK BRINSMEAD <> wrote:

> 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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