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DBA of the Month Interview Article

Discussion in 'Forum Announcements' started by bradmcgehee, May 4, 2005.

  1. bradmcgehee New Member

    I would like to start running a DBA of the month interview article on the website. What I would do is to send a DBA a set of written interview questions that they would answer. I would then use their written responses to write the article. I would also like to include a photo of the DBA.

    If you would like to be considered as DBA of the month, please contact me directly at webmaster@sql-server-performance.com


    Brad

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    Brad M. McGehee, MVP
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    SQL-Server-Performance.Com
  2. derrickleggett New Member

    Most of the DBAs I know live in a dungeon and are allergic to camera flash. [<img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-1.gif' alt=':)' />] You sure you need that?<br /><br />MeanOldDBA<br />derrickleggett@hotmail.com<br /><br />When life gives you a lemon, fire the DBA.
  3. satya Moderator

    Really it is a good feature to know more about their experience.

    I agree with Derrick and also the employer might have restrictions listed with their policies in commenting about their servers.



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  4. dineshasanka Moderator


    I think it is a good idea. from this people can share their precious experience with others and other can take a leaf out of the DBA. So I think it is good idea.
  5. deepakontheweb New Member

    <br />This is fantastic..BUT no photo's please <br /><br /><img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-1.gif' alt=':)' /><br /><br /><br /><br />Deepak Kumar<br /><br />--An eye for an eye and everyone shall be blind
  6. Madhivanan Moderator

    Good idea Brad. This will give DBAs more chance to show their skills


    Madhivanan

    Failing to plan is Planning to fail
  7. ranjitjain New Member

    This will be fun on the run for all DBA's.
    All the very best to all DBA's.
  8. dineshasanka Moderator

    quote:Originally posted by deepakontheweb


    This is fantastic..BUT no photo's please


    Why is that Deepak!
    [:0]
  9. deepakontheweb New Member


    Dinesh: There are chances some of our company clients who have critical data with us.. would not like that other competitor come to know about their database administrator by face or identity.

    Though, chances are less for objection. still I posted to be on safer side, else definatly I would like myself to see on forum. [one day]

    Thanks
    --Deepak Kumar



    quote:Originally posted by dineshasanka


    quote:Originally posted by deepakontheweb


    This is fantastic..BUT no photo's please


    Why is that Deepak!
    [:0]


    Deepak Kumar

    --An eye for an eye and everyone shall be blind
  10. dineshasanka Moderator

    oh! I can understand.

    quote:Originally posted by deepakontheweb


    Dinesh: There are chances some of our company clients who have critical data with us.. would not like that other competitor come to know about their database administrator by face or identity.


  11. surendrakalekar New Member

    This is a very good idea. <br />Bradmcgehee, because of your great idea's I am enjoying using this forum day by day. [<img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-1.gif' alt=':)' />]
  12. bradmcgehee New Member

    Photos aren't required, just nice to have.

    So far only one person has directly contacted me about participating. So if you want to participate, please contact me directly at webmaster@sql-server-performance.com. Then I will respond back with written interview quesstions, and then I will pick out the best to be published. The interview questions will be general and you won't have to talk about your company, unless you want to. If I get a large number of these, I may run more than one a month.

    Brad

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    Brad M. McGehee, MVP
    Webmaster
    SQL-Server-Performance.Com
  13. ChrisFretwell New Member

    I think this is a great idea.

    For those concerned with safety, it would be easy to decline an interview.

    As for pictures, the only ones I have digital are from assorted marathons and other races - cant say they are very flattering, but they certainly show the real me!

    Chris
  14. bradmcgehee New Member

  15. bradmcgehee New Member

    I have included the instructions and interview questions here, for your referral.

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    Below is a set of written questions that you can respond to at your leisure, if you are interested in participating in SQL-Server-Performance.Com's DBA(s) of the Month interview.

    The more comprehensive your answers, the more likely that I will publish the interview. It is my goal to publish everyone's interview, but if you don't provide much in the way of a response, then there won't be much to publish.

    Answer only those questions that you want, and skip the rest if you like.

    Write your answers directly below the questions, using as much space as you want to reply. Give your answers as if you were talking to a friend who had asked you the question.

    Try not to answer just yes or no to some of the questions. Try to offer some details, or an explanation to each of the questions.

    I will most likely edit your responses to a small degree.

    If you like, you can send me a photograph to go along with the interview. This is optional.

    Let me know if you have any questions.


    Thanks,
    Brad



    Here goes. Remember, only answer those questions you want to answer.


    --What is your Forum Name (if you participate in the forum)?

    --What is your Full Name?

    --Where do you live (City, State, Country, etc)?

    --How old are you?

    --Where were you educated? What is your education?

    --What Microsoft (and other) certifications do you have?

    --What certifications are you working on?

    --How do you study and prepare for certification tests?

    --Tell us about you, your job history, your family, hobbies, pets, etc.

    --How long have you been working with SQL Server? What versions have you used?

    --What is your main function (job) with SQL Server: DBA, Developer, etc.?

    --Where do you work?

    --What hardware platform(s) do you run SQL Server on?

    --Describe to us the "biggest", "baddest" SQL Server you have.

    --Describe what you do on a typical day, as a DBA, Developer, etc? Be as detailed as possible.

    --Besides DBA, Developer, etc. duties, what other related IT tasks do you perform?

    --If you live outside the U.S., what additional challenges do you have getting SQL Server support?

    --Wherever you live, what is the job market for DBA, Developers, etc, like?

    --At your work, does your organization appreciate the contributions that DBAs make to the organization? Why or why not?

    --Why do you like being a DBA, Developer, etc?

    --What are SQL Server's strongest features, and why?

    --What are SQL Server's weakest features, and why?

    --What features of SQL Server 2005 are you most looking forward to?

    --Can you give an example of a SQL-Server performance-related issue you ran into, and then fixed?

    --What's your favorite SQL Server tip you like to share with others?

    --How long have you been visiting SQL-Server-Performance.Com?

    --What's your favorite feature of SQL-Server-Performance.Com's website?

    --If you were the publisher of SQL-Server-Performance.Com, what would you change about the website?

    --Do you have your own website? If so, what is it? Tell us about it.







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    Brad M. McGehee, MVP
    Webmaster
    SQL-Server-Performance.Com
  16. FrankKalis Moderator

    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by derrickleggett</i><br /><br />Most of the DBAs I know live in a dungeon and are allergic to camera flash. [<img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-1.gif' alt=':)' />] You sure you need that?<br /><br />MeanOldDBA<br />derrickleggett@hotmail.com<br /><br />When life gives you a lemon, fire the DBA.<br /><hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></font id="quote"></blockquote id="quote"><br />Good to see, you don't [<img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-5.gif' alt=';)' />]<br /><br />No, seriously, it's always good to see the face behind the name. <br />...I know, I know. I owe my picture, but it's not easy to find a good one without me carrying one of my kids around [8D]<br /><br />--<br />Frank Kalis<br />SQL Server MVP<br /<a target="_blank" href=http://www.insidesql.de>http://www.insidesql.de</a><br />
  17. Madhivanan Moderator

    Frank, what about that one in SQL Server MVP?


    Madhivanan

    Failing to plan is Planning to fail
  18. FrankKalis Moderator

    Well, yes, but since this photo is only 80x60 (or so, I was able to cut this off the "real" picture. I am there on a children's indoor playground sitting in a small swimming pool full of ball's. The kids are somewhere left and right of me. [<img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-2.gif' alt=':D' />]<br /><br />--<br />Frank Kalis<br />SQL Server MVP<br /<a target="_blank" href=http://www.insidesql.de>http://www.insidesql.de</a><br />

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