Evaluating a DBA

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Interviewing is difficult for many organizations. Often they don't have a consistent process, and very often the people that do initial screening don't know much about what a DBA does. Many of the somewhat trivial questions I see on Internet lists (what's a clustered index?) are suited for someone getting started in the business, not for hiring an experienced DBA.

Sure, an experienced person ought to be able to answer those questions, but the real world often requires more nuanced questions that relate to the situations we find ourselves in. I found a list from Joey D'antoni recently, which has lots of open ended questions, designed to allow someone to talk about what they know and think, giving the interviewer the chance to gauge their level of expertise.

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