Interviewing a DBA

As you can probably understand from the title, this is not going to be a regular post (and a bit long as well), as usually my posts are technical. I have been thinking about writing this post for a while now, and lately, for some unknown reason, have had the urge to finally start. It will be about my opinion and my experience with DBA interviews.

I have been a DBA since 1998, which is about 17 years now, when I’m writing this. I have to admit that during these years I wasn’t interviewed many times, probably about 4-5 times (technical interviews I mean). I have, however, interviewed quite a few DBAs, most of them in my current position as a VP Professional Services at Brillix (a 20-employee database consulting company).

So this post is going to be about my opinion, my way, do and don’t and other stuff from my experience. A disclaimer I need to mention – I’m not an HR person and don’t have formal education in this field, but any way I will be covering only the professional side of the interview. Continue reading