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Book Review – Interview Questions and Answers for Database Developers and Administrators

Recently I had privilege of reviewing a book “SQL Server Interview Questions and Answers”. Two authors Pinal Dave and Vinod Kumar are well-respected names in SQL Server community. I decided to write a book review with hope that database professionals can take full advantage of this book and ace that SQL Server interview.

I have worked with database applications for most of my career, and have been a SQL Server database developer for the last fifteen years, with specialization in Microsoft Business Intelligence development since 2006. I always thought SQL database development is my choice of career. However, by 2005, due to numerous family relocation that crossed two countries and 5 states and provinces in 4 years, I started to struggle with my career.  I bumped from one contract to another, and endured (and failed) many grueling job interviews.

In one of such interviews, I was ushered into a conference room with 6 young IT professionals already sitting in the room with papers in front of them on the long conference table. One of them, the leader I assumed, started introduction. Before the lengthy introduction ended, I realized that these 6 young but serious-looking IT processionals weren’t the only interviewers I had to face. There were 4 other interviewers whom I would not be able see face to face, but I could hear them on the speaker phone. Three of them are developers specialized in certain areas and one is the hiring manager.

Needleless to say that I failed that interview miserably. It wasn’t until several failed job interviews that I began to see a pattern in the interview questions. That is they don’t ask tricky questions. They ask database concepts with SQL server, and expect accurate and complete answers with real-life examples.

I immediately started to collect every SQL interview question I could find online, and immersed myself in questions that I could not articulate very well, and expanded on the questions that I was personally interested in.

Looking back several years later, I wish I had a book like “SQL Server Interview Questions and Answers”. It has exactly what most interviewers are looking for in your answers, SQL server database concepts, accurate and complete answers with real-life examples.

Study the Interview Questions and Answers for Job Interviews

While talking to a co-worker who had to start a job interview process again, she mentioned to me that interviewers are really looking for textbook-style answers. She decided to spend a few months to study for a Microsoft SQL Server certificate exam, hoping that by the time she passes the certificate exam, she would be able to ace that job interview. I wish I knew about the book at the time so I could recommend the book to her.

Where can you get a copy?

You can go to this page SQL Server Interview Questions and Answers on beyondrelational.com to get a copy of this book.

Enjoy and good luck!

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