TSQL Tuesday #93: Interviewing Patterns & Anti-Patterns

Welcome to T-SQL Tuesday for August 2017!

T-SQL Tuesday is a chance for you to join in the SQL Server community and write a blog post on a suggested topic. You can use this as a way to start a new blog, dust off a blog you haven’t used in a while, or make it part of regular blogging: your choice!

I would love for you to participate. The whole SQL Server community would. Please, join us!

To participate:

  1. Write a post on the topic below
  2. Schedule the post to go live on Tuesday, August 8 (between zero am and midnight, UTC)
  3. Include the TSQL Tuesday logo in the top of your post
  4. Link the post back to this one (it’s easier if you comment on this post and link it)
  5. Optional: Tweet a link to your post using the #tsql2sday hash tag on Twitter

“What color database is fastest?”

Extra credit: if you’d like to host your own TSQL Tuesday in the future, read the full rules for info on how to sign up.

I will write a round-up post on Monday, August 14 summarizing up all the magic you guys write.

This month’s topic: Interviewing Patterns and Anti-Patterns

What advice do you have for people preparing for or going through an interview?

Feel free to be creative on this topic. Take whichever approach you like best:

  • You may focus on patterns to follow for success
  • You may list anti-patterns, too: things that might seem like a good idea, but are a recipe for disaster
  • You can write about your own highs and lows as a candidate or as an interviewer
  • Be as specific as you want for interviewing for or hiring for your given skillset, whether you’re a developer, DBA, manager, consultant, or something else entirely

Whichever route you take, it’s probably a good idea to disguise the identities of past employers, candidates, etc.

Personally, I’m going to take the approach of writing about an interview for a SQL Server position that I completely bombed as a candidate, and why it ended up being one of the best learning experiences of my life (although it was painful at the time). It taught me a lot about successful interviewing patterns.

I can’t wait to learn about YOUR interviewing patterns and anti-patterns as well.

Get ready, get set, get blogging!


62 Responses to TSQL Tuesday #93: Interviewing Patterns & Anti-Patterns

  1. Andy Galbraith (@DBA_ANDY) August 1, 2017 at 12:24 pm #

    Well…Mauve has the most RAM…

    • Kendra Little August 1, 2017 at 12:46 pm #


      • Grignar Grenac August 8, 2017 at 9:30 am #

        Mauve is close, but not quite correct. Technically it should be Violet. As with any technology, the best is always associated with “the fastest moving”. Also, logically it would be moving towards you, as technology that is “moving away” is of less interest (old, tired, now less relevant). Furthermore, it has to be seen to be of worth. So using basic physics, high-speed visible sources of light moving toward you will be blue-shifted to the extreme end of the visible light spectrum. So it must be at the highest end of the visible spectrum, which is Violet (according to the ROYGBIV set of colours). Of course, in alternate realities it would be Octarine, which is the 8th colour of the rainbow on certain worlds (usually these are located on the back of a giant Turtle, right next door to Marketing).

  2. Ewald Cress August 7, 2017 at 9:59 pm #

    Thanks for hosting, Kendra.

    Here is my short contribution: http://sqlonice.com/tsql-tuesday-93-the-buzzword-arms-race/

  3. duncangreavesblog August 8, 2017 at 2:07 am #

    Here’s my contribution, https://informationwithinsight.com/2017/08/08/recruitment-interview-patterns-and-anti-patterns/ . I see Rob F was quicker though!

    • Kendra Little August 8, 2017 at 9:59 am #

      Some people just live in the future 🙂

      Thanks for writing!

  4. Brent Ozar August 8, 2017 at 5:22 am #

    Posted mine! The DBA Job I Turned Down: https://ozar.me/2017/08/the-dba-job-i-turned-down-tsql2sday/

  5. Jeff Mlakar August 8, 2017 at 6:26 am #

    Kendra – thanks for hosting! This is my 1st T-SQL Tuesday submission – http://www.mlakartechtalk.com/t-sql-tuesday-93-interview-get-help/

  6. SQLSoldier August 8, 2017 at 7:00 am #

    T-SQL Tuesday #93: 3 Jobs I Didn’t Take and 1 I did: http://sqlsoldier.net/wp/sqlserver/tsqltuesday933jobsididnttakeand1idid

    • Kendra Little August 8, 2017 at 10:49 am #

      Thanks Robert! I really enjoyed this post, it made me laugh and is very insightful.

  7. debthedba August 8, 2017 at 7:33 am #

    Thanks for hosting this month! Here’s my entry: https://debthedba.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/t-sql-tuesday-93-auditioning-for-the-job/

  8. blobeater August 8, 2017 at 7:35 am #

    Thanks for hosting. Interviews and Oranges. https://blobeater.blog/2017/08/08/interviews-and-oranges/

    • Kendra Little August 8, 2017 at 11:00 am #

      Great post, and I love your story at the end!

  9. dallasbikr August 8, 2017 at 7:39 am #

    http://dallasdbas.com/interview-tips/ –Kevin3NF

  10. sqlmac August 8, 2017 at 7:46 am #

    Thanks for hosting – https://sqlmac.com/t-sql-tuesday-93-interview-fails/

  11. Taiob August 8, 2017 at 7:51 am #

    http://sqlworldwide.com/tsql-tuesday-93-do-not-drive-during-interview/ is mine. This is a true story.

    • Kendra Little August 8, 2017 at 11:39 am #

      Thank you for ranting! I enjoyed reading it.

  12. timothydpeters August 8, 2017 at 8:42 am #

    It depends, the anti-pattern, https://wordpress.com/post/tpet1433.wordpress.com/399

  13. sqlatspeed August 8, 2017 at 8:51 am #

    Here’s mine: https://sqlatspeed.com/2017/08/08/t-sql-tuesday-93-shock-and-subtlety-of-sexist-interviewers/. Thanks again for hosting!

    • Kendra Little August 8, 2017 at 12:10 pm #

      Thank you for writing! Your post gave me lots of ideas of things I want to learn about and write about 🙂

  14. Jens Vestergaard (@vestergaardj) August 8, 2017 at 12:49 pm #

    Thanks for hosting Kendra. Here’s my contribution: http://t-sql.dk/?p=2096

  15. toddkleinhans August 8, 2017 at 12:54 pm #

    Thanks for hosting Kendra! This will be my first TSQL2Day post. I Don’t Care Who You Are https://toddkleinhans.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/i-dont-care-who-you-are/

    • Kendra Little August 8, 2017 at 2:10 pm #

      LOL! That’s a hilarious post — and you make a great point.

      • toddkleinhans August 8, 2017 at 2:20 pm #

        Thanks! Sometimes my muse just needs a nudge and then it kinda flows out. Your video was great too btw. Hard to admit feelings of failure but that is part of how we learn and grow.

    • Kendra Little August 8, 2017 at 1:48 pm #

      Great post, Adam. Very useful advice, I know I’ll be linking to your post for years to come.

  16. retracement August 8, 2017 at 1:34 pm #

    Here’s mine(1st T-SQL Tuesday post for 3 years or so!) https://tenbulls.co.uk/2017/08/08/learning-to-say-no/

  17. nikoneugebauersql August 8, 2017 at 2:59 pm #

    Hi Kendra,

    thank you for hosting the challenge this month.
    Here are my thoughts on the suggested topic: http://www.nikoport.com/2017/08/08/tsql-tuesday-93-job-interviews/

    Best regards,

  18. Doug August 8, 2017 at 3:38 pm #

    Here’s mine: https://www.sqltheater.com/2017/08/08/unforgettable-job-candidate/

    Thanks for hosting, Kendra!

  19. natethedba August 8, 2017 at 6:21 pm #

    Late to the party, as usual… natethedba.wordpress.com/2017/08/07/tsql-tuesday-93-interviews/ =D

    • Kendra Little August 9, 2017 at 1:29 pm #

      Late? I lost my watch, I think you’re right on time 🙂

  20. John Deardurff August 8, 2017 at 8:52 pm #

    I can’t remember if I posted mine here. But just under the wire. “Interviews are a Two Way Street.” http://bit.ly/2uo2qMI

    • Kendra Little August 9, 2017 at 1:33 pm #

      Thank you! I didn’t have the link yet. Got it now. Great post, thank you for highlighting the importance of asking questions. Love the part about avoiding yes/no questions, and why.

  21. SQLDBAwithTheBeard August 9, 2017 at 2:51 am #

    Forgot to check the trackback. Apologies, here’s mine

  22. Robert Preseau August 9, 2017 at 4:28 am #

    Hi frand. http://www.databythebeach.com/tell-me-about-a-time/

  23. Diana G. August 17, 2017 at 10:11 am #

    This is just the encouragement I needed! Thanks for sharing and wonderful tips!


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