Interviews

Interview Qs for SQL Developers

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Kimberly Tripp spends a lot of time fixing poorly architected databases. As a result, she’s learned to appreciate developers who know how to customize the appearance and behavior of SQL to meet each client’s needs. “Every environment is different,” said Tripp, president and founder of Bellevue, Washington-based training and consulting firm SQLskills. “Although there are some best practices like never turn on auto shrink, rock-star developers know there are multiple ways to design and create an SQL database.” Click here… continue…

Daily Tip: Talking About Your Weaknesses

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Job interviewers often like to ask, “What do you consider your biggest weakness?” Many candidates like to respond, “I work too hard,” or, “I get too passionate about projects.” They think such responses show their devotion to whatever task’s at hand. In reality, those answers are total clichés, to the point where they’ve been parodied on The Simpsons. Job-hunting tip: Don’t give answers during interviews that have been parodied on The Simpsons. So what’s the best answer when asked about… continue…

Daily Tip: Question the Interviewer

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Employers not only want employees who are skilled, efficient, and work well with others—they also want people to actually stick around. During a job interview, the interviewer might ask a lot of questions about your technical proficiency, but they’re also interested in seeing whether you’d be the sort of employee who’d stay with the company longer than a year. But here comes the tricky part: If you’re really interested in the job, how do you convey to the interviewer that… continue…

Tips for Surviving a Hostile Job Interview

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Is there a way to win over an interviewer who’s in a foul mood? Yes, there are strategies that can help you win a battle with an aggressive interview jerk, which you can use to potentially transform a difficult endeavor into something worthwhile for everyone. Prepare for All Contingencies “The key to being effective in an interview is being prepared for anything, whether it’s a question, or someone’s personality,” said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. “I… continue…

Daily Tip: Stay Positive in Job Interviews

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Most people find job interviews an intense experience. You’re anxious to impress the interviewer, and worried that you won’t say the right things. In such a highly charged environment, it’s easy to slip into dourness and negativity. Here are some tips for keeping everything upbeat: Flip Everything Positive: Your last job wasn’t bad, it was a “learning experience” filled with “interesting challenges” that helped you grow professionally. You don’t think a programming language is “stupid,” you prefer using others that… continue…

The Lamest Interview Question Ever

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You can practice your interview elevator speech until you’re blue in the face, but if you respond robotically when you’re finally asked some version of the dreaded “Tell me about yourself,” you risk alienating the interviewer and blowing a moment that likely has little to do with your skills and experience. As Janine Davis, principal at Fetch Recruiting, puts it, asking candidates to talk about themselves is “one of the lamest interview questions out there.” Most interviewers use it as… continue…

Daily Tip: Optimizing Your Interviewing Technique

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Prepping for a job interview? Here are some quick tips for optimizing your performance: Keep Things Short: Before you head into the interview, take out a watch (or activate the stopwatch function on your smartphone) and rehearse your answers to commonly asked questions. Each answer should clock in at no more than a minute and a half—at most. Job interviewers don’t like it when candidates ramble on. Keep Things Focused: If it’s not relevant to the position, chances are pretty… continue…

Daily Tip: In Interviews, Don’t Diss Your Old Job

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In the course of a typical job interview, questions about your previous employer will come up. If your old job caused you immense frustration, you might find yourself tempted to use those questions as an excuse to rant about the horribleness of your former boss, working environment, colleagues, tasks, and so on. Succumbing to such temptation would prove a mistake. A prospective employer doesn’t want to hear candidates talk about everything wrong with their old jobs. At the very least,… continue…

Daily Tip: Handling Technical Interview Questions

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If you’re applying for a highly technical role, you can expect a job interview filled with highly technical questions. Depending on the company, the interviewer might ask you to whiteboard a problem, or solve some fun-sounding but devilishly hard puzzles, take some sort of online test, or tackle a question verbally. However the interviewer frames the questions, these tips will help you solve them as quickly—and correctly—as possible. Take the Obvious Route: Some technical questions demand an elegant solution, but… continue…

5 Ways to Finesse Illegal Interview Questions

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There’s one key way an interviewer can trip you up, even if you’ve sailed through a whiteboard test and get along famously with everyone in the room: You may be asked a very personal, unexpected and inappropriate question, one that can knock you completely off course. While inquiring about your marital status, children, or religious background may seem illegal, most of the time it’s not: The legal line gets crossed if an employer refuses to hire you because of the… continue…