I agree on the OCP thing. I dont really want to start the whole OCP debate again, but a good rule of thumb (to me at least) would be OCP + 5 years experience (minimum) as a DBA=good candidate, OCP with less than 5 years experience, still a rookie DBA, but good at memorizing stuff. On Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 8:32 AM, jason arneil <jason.arneil@xxxxxxxxx>wrote: > On Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 2:23 PM, Andrew Kerber <andrew.kerber@xxxxxxxxx>wrote: > >> You have to draw a line somewhere on the memorization piece. I might ask >> the interviewee to name a few background processes in the Oracle database on >> *nix, but I wouldnt necessarily expect him to go into detail about what each >> process does. >> >> A general answer would be sufficient, for example pmon monitors processes >> running in the database. If the candidate needed highly detailed >> information, I would expect (and want) him to look it up. In my opinion, >> the ability to find an answer to something that he doesn't know the answer >> to, or to check on what he thinks is the answer before he does something, is >> vital. >> >> > Totally agree that it is better finding someone who displays the correct > thought processes rather than knowing a particular fact/bit of trivia. > > In fact in some ways this argument can be deployed against the whole OCP > circus as well. Some of the worst candidates I have seen have come clutching > an OCP. > > Though, of course there are many good people with them too, but I suspect > these people would shine out without it as well. > > cheers, > > jason. > > -- > http://jarneil.wordpress.com > > >> >> >> >> >> -- >> Andrew W. Kerber >> >> 'If at first you dont succeed, dont take up skydiving.' >> > > -- Andrew W. Kerber 'If at first you dont succeed, dont take up skydiving.'