In Person Interviews

Why We Interview

SQL Server was originally marketed as requiring no DBA and running itself. This has proven to be as far from the case as we can get.

Likewise, T-SQL is very easy to learn and apply in order to obtain logically correct results from a database. Most Developers (SQL or Application) will be able to get data out of your system.

Sadly, over our years of experience, we have found that this is where many abilities stop. But this does not make you a SQL Server DBA or Developer.

Understanding how SQL Server works is crucial to writing not only logically correct code, but also performant code. Knowing the internals and how to apply them makes you a DBA, not accepting the software defaults.

We are happy to help you find the candidate that ticks the right boxes for your company, knows what they're doing, and can drive your company forward.

Areas Assessed

We encompass all areas of SQL Server within our assessment tool.

T-SQL Coding
  • Adhoc & Procedural Code
  • Code Reviews
  • Performance Tuning
  • Plan Analysis
  • Indexing & Statistics
  • Architectural Solutions
  • And many more...
  • Table Structures
  • Normalisation
  • Partitioning
  • Columnstore Indexes
  • In-Memory Databases
  • Indexing & Statistics
  • And many more...
  • Server Configuration
  • Database Configuration
  • Resource Utilisation
  • Backup & Restore
  • High Availability
  • Maintenance Plans
  • And many more...
  • SQL Server Licensing
  • Version Requirements
  • Edition Requirements
  • Instance Consolidation
  • Hardware Planning
  • Upgrade Planning
  • And many more...

Our Process

Job Specification

We will discuss the role requirements, ensuring that we understand your SQL Server estate, needs, and desires. This will allow us to ascertain the skills a candidate would require to fulfil your role.

Impersonal Chat

We have a quick chat with key members of the team in which the candidate will work. This allows us to get a feel for the environment, the expectation, and how well any candidate will fit with their prospective colleagues.

The Interview

We then perform our skills assessment of the candidate, considering their answers not only in terms of pure knowledge and application, but also in the way in which they will need to address a new team in order to fit in (should they be forceful with their answers or tentative but knowledgable and willing to guide and teach).

Full Documentation

We document the entire process from start to finish, giving you a full dossier for each candidate covering all findings, thoughts, and impressions in order to help guide you to your final decision.

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