Re: Remote DBA

  • From: "Daniel W. Fink" <daniel.fink@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: oracle-l <oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 26 Sep 2010 17:25:42 -0600

As someone who has worked from home for the better part of 7 years, I can tell you that it is not for everyone. It sounds great to a lot of people, until they realize that the boundaries between work and home are totally blurred. The thing to remember is that there are distractions everywhere (as many in the office as out of it) and how you deal with those distractions is key to success. Even when you work in the office, you are often dealing with people that are miles away from you. If I were to staff a full time work from home position, I would want someone who had done it for at least 5 years and at least 50% of the time.

In terms of hiring someone, the best thing to do is to hire from internal recommendations, not via job boards or email lists. Make certain that the person doing the recommendation is accountable in some fashion. You don't want someone who is making a bonus collecting names from a job board and passing them off as their best mate.

On 09/26/2010 04:44 PM, Guillermo Alan Bort wrote:
Well, my concern is that if you are hiring someone from another country it's hard to measure their exprience. I've often found it hard to assess someone's experience in an interview (in those annoying interviews where we are not supposed to evaluate the technical skill of the interviewee) based just on general questions. I've also had the other kind of interviews, where I can ask anything I want and get a good idea of their skill and whether it's plausible they have the experience they state in their resume.

Conducting a proper technical interview is a very good option, and references are not always possible, I usually don't put them in my resume and if I am asked for references then I specifically tell contact my references and ask for their permission to supply their contact, so this takes one or two days.

What makes the right kind of person for work from home? How do you evaluate this in an interview (remote or otherwise)?


On Sun, Sep 26, 2010 at 6:46 PM, Matthew Zito <mzito@xxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:mzito@xxxxxxxxxxx>> wrote:

    Oh, I hit send too soon.  Of course, you expect that you have to
    verify the experience of the person you're talking to.  If they
    can't verify employment, pass tech interviews, have professional
    references, etc., it's a non-starter.

    But if you can do those things, it's possible to have the right
    kind of people be able to work from home.


    Matthew Zito
    Chief Scientist
    GridApp Systems
    P: 646-452-4090
    mzito@xxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:mzito@xxxxxxxxxxx>

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    I wouldn't hire anyone whose experience I couldn't verify. I've
    hired several people I haven't met in person though. Skype works
    pretty well.

    Kerry Osborne
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    On Sep 26, 2010, at 4:27 PM, Guillermo Alan Bort wrote:

    > Hi List,
    >     I've been reading a lot about remote DBA services, these
    appear to be companies based on different locations that provide
    customers with DBA services while having all the DBAs physically
    in one location (or a limited number of locations). These services
    are usually hired by companies whose primary focus isn't IT.
    >     My question now is...would this work in reverse? Having
    several DBAs working out of their own homes in whatever city or
    country they want for a single company (or for one of the remote
    DBA services)? I understand the complexities of having people
    without Green Cards or working VISAS working for US based
    companies, even if they are now physically in the US.
    >     This one may be for recruiters or decision makers: Would you
    hire somebody you've never met (or met only by phone) who lives in
    another country (worst case) and whose experience you can't verify
    if they asked for half of what an on-site DBA would?
    > Thanks in advance
    > Alan.-


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