Databasen - Revisited

Toby Corkindale tjc at
Wed Oct 18 16:53:49 BST 2006

On Wed, Oct 18, 2006 at 04:08:48PM +0100, Nigel Rantor wrote:
> So, due to the excellent response to the first post regarding 
> interviewing DB candidates and some of the weird and wonderful ideas 
> they have I present my second, very open, question...
> What is your favourite question to guage someone's level of expertise in 
> the database field generally, without reference to any specific DB.
> Have at it mongers...

Mmm, just describe some objects you want to be recorded in a database, and then
let them create the schema; then ask for a couple of sample queries.

But I've only ever looked to hire programmers who have SQL skills, not actual
DBAs. Still, it tends to weed out all the LAMP weenies who get lost when
anything more complex than single-table selects are required.


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