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Database Engineer Interview

Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
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I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Savvis (Saint Louis, MO) in January 2013.

Interview

I applied online. I was contacted by an HR staff member who set up a technical telephone interview with a database engineer employee. There was some confusion in setting up the telephone interview by the HR staff. The interviewer was from India and was difficult to understand. Every question asked wasn't something that any DBA or DBE would not know off the top of their heads -- most of the answers to his questions I have in installation checklists and white paper documents. Quite frankly, my wife, who is not technical, was listening and watching as I did the phone interview. She was frustrated by the questions and the tone of the interview -- much different from many of the other phone interviews I have participated in...

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  • Most all of the questions asked were not really relevent to day-to-day DBA/DBE operations. For example, one question asked was how the database model changed when a recovery was performed -- the model shouldn't change, it should be as the model was when the backup was done -- but he wouldn't accept that answer. Another asked how I would troubleshoot a performance problem. As I mentioned methodolgies and tools I would use, SQL Nexus, Profiler, DMVs, etc., the interviewer took all of them away until there was nothing practical left to use, then insisted that I tell him more. I think he may have been taken back a bit when I indicated that if he wasn't going to allow me to use any of the tools I know, that I would leave the client stuck with their own performance problem -- frankly, if the DBA/DBE and client can't work together, using tools that make sense and solve problems, why bother? I really do hope their work environment isn't that way...   Answer Question

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