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Conducting the Oracle Job Interview: IT Manager Guide for Oracle Job Interviews with Oracle Interview Questions (IT Job Interview series) Paperback – August 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Series: IT Job Interview series
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Rampant Techpress; 1 edition (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972751319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972751315
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,290,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mike Ault is a senior technical management consultant with TUSC who holds five Oracle master certificates and is the author of 14 Oracle related books. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Donald K. Burleson is the author of 16 Oracle database books and is the editor in chief of Oracle Internals. He is an Oracle consultant with extensive experience designing and implementing Oracle8 databases, including systems architecture, project management, data warehouse design, implementation and tuning, tuning massively parallel Oracle databases, Oracle SQL tuning, using Oracle with SAP, and tuning very large Oracle databases. He lives in Kittrell, North Carolina.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book contains 130 pages and if the font size were normal it would have been around 30 pages. I read this book in less than 15 Mins and I have not learned anything new.
The book has 5 chapters which basically can be classified in three parts
Part 1
Explains the Oracle Certification in which can be viewed on the Oracle Web site.
Part 2
Decorum - How you present yourself at an interview
Part 3
Basic questions on Oracle
Eg - what is the password for Scott user and System?
- Describe the difference between a procedure and a function
- How do you select the date from sqlplus?
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Invisible to the Eye on June 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
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These are not guys prone to asking hypotheticals, or encouraging thought experiments. They wear white shirts. They have answers. You'd better know these answers, and only these, because they've been written down in this little book.

No subtle distinctions, variations of experience, or questions of cognitive talent will clutter their decision processes at hiring time. These are not distractible people.

They cover a lot of ground here. Who makes a great Oracle person? Electrical Engineers are perfect candidates -- but watch out for Education majors (they're suspect). (FYI, this reviewer is an E.E. -- glad to know I'm okay.) What personality type is best? Try to get one with an "'Anal' personality,"

"after Sigmund Freud's theory of anal-retentive personalities" (page 34).

I bet these guys are great fun. Pleasant to work with (assuming you've memorized the entire content of your site's init.ora, and can recite it verbatim).

I must heartily disagree with one of the critics of this book. It is not wide and shallow. Rather it is narrow and subterranean. It expects encyclopedic knowledge of Oracle trivia -- the minor and/or once-in-a-career kind of stuff.

Most answers it asks for are the kind slovenly architects and developers refer to in the documentation, when, if ever, they are pertinent, or whenever they've been forgotten in the rush of ten dozen other tasks, or after the certification test is done with. You'll only be getting cream with this book, the kind of professionals who read and reread from Rampant's Oracle In-Focus series, especially to the kids before bed each and every night.

Heaven help you.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
A long time ago I purchased a book by Mike Ault and inside there were the same questions he publised in this book - the problem is that a good portions of these questions are completely obsolete by now (like SQLnet v2 or utlbstat/ustat questions) while some answers are wrong (like myths about high hit ratios)!
This book should never be published (like almost all the rest of 'Rampant' books). Save your money and get Oracle Interview Questions from the net as these found in this book will not be asked on Oracle job iterviews.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Alex on March 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
Does Mr Ault realize that this book would help Oracle DBA candidates get jobs too ?
Picture this :
1 You have a hirer who knows next to nothing about Oracle and uses this book.
2 You have a candidate who also knows next to nothing about Oracle using the same book.
3 An interview
4 All questions answered correctly.
5 Bingo! You have a hiring!
Since there will always be more Oracle DBA candidates than hirers, I'll bet that Mr. Ault will make more money selling this book to Oracle DBA CANDIDATE customers than Oracle hirers.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rich Keynes on November 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
I used this book as a guide when hiring a co-worker and it saved me considerable labour. I would disregard the other reviews that stuff this book because it mentions that Oracle programmers need college degrees and a sense of proper professional attire. If you work in a professional environment, this is the book that explains how-to find fellow professionals.

The technical questions are good but my favorite part is the personal accessment section. Too many Oracle people think that Oracle is just another job, and this short book sets the record straight.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TLAW_DBA on May 28, 2005
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I bought this book and went through it in less than 2 hours. I think the book is worth to read. It certainly gives you some ideas on how the DBA job interview is conducted. I did like it. I believe the book can help junior DBAs get prepared for a job interview.
For the reviewers who think the book can help hire the wrong person, I would say that is true. But if you are not a qualified DBA and you study this book to get a job, sooner or later your lies will catch up with you and you will be on the road again looking for another job.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 6, 2003
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This book is a great help to me as an IT manager that lacks knowledge of Oracle but routinely needs to hire Oracle DBAs. The questions and answers are particularly helpful in the interview process. Selecting technical professionals has always been difficult when I lack the familiarity with the technology to parse between the experienced applicants and those who simply throw around buzz words and catch phrases. Using this text I can grade the applicants and weed out the inexperienced ones.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Henry Bowers on September 14, 2003
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I am not aware of any other book that addresses the needs of the Oracle hiring manager and applicant alike. This book is packed with interview questions that help separate the wheat from the chaff.
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