11 Strategies to Get the SQL Job You Want

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® Strategies to get the SQL Job you want How to understand the interview process to get just the right SQL Job! www.SQLSteps.com © 2009 ViSteps Pty Ltd, SQLSteps Division 2 Table of Contents Introduction Strategy #1 Strategy #2 Strategy #3 Strategy #4 Strategy #5 Strategy #6 Strategy #7 Strategy #8 Strategy #9 Strategy #10 Strategy #11 Get as many job offers as you can! Behavioral Interviewing Likeability Interview Integrity Be Prepared Handling Tough Questions Why do you want to work for u
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  Strategies to get the SQL Job you want How to understand the interviewprocess to get just the right SQL Job! ® www.SQLSteps.com  2 “11 Strategies to get the SQL Job you want” © 2009 ViSteps Pty Ltd, SQLSteps.com Division Table of Contents IntroductionGet as many job offers as you can!3Strategy #1Behavioral Interviewing4Strategy #2Likeability7Strategy #3Interview Integrity9Strategy #4Be Prepared11Strategy #5Handling Tough Questions13Strategy #6Why do you want to work for us?15Strategy #7Give us an example of a situation where you16had a communication conict with a colleagueStrategy #8Where do you see yourself in 2 to 4 years?17Strategy #9What would you say are your strengths?18Strategy #10What would you say are your weaknesses?19Strategy #11Ask Questions21  3 “11 Strategies to get the SQL Job you want” © 2009 ViSteps Pty Ltd, SQLSteps.com Division Get as many job offers as you can! Introduction A effective job search is about maximizing your opportunities at every step of the job search process.The objective is to maximize the total number of job offers you get!For example let’s say you’re searching on-line for a Database Administration role.You nd 10 jobs that are in the right location, with well respected companies andreading the job description you have the relevant experience.10 Jobs. That means the end goal is to get 10 job offers. Right?Job Search Optimization process:Step 1. Optimize your Resume for each job application in the hope to get10 interview opportunities.Step 2. Optimize your Interview Technique in the hope to get 10 job offers.You’ll be amazed by the difference you see after you optimize these two steps. Itmight be the difference between getting 1 (or no) job offers and getting offered 3or 4 jobs. (Choosing which job to take is a different topic, but money should notbe the only factor you take into account.)We hope this e-book will give you plenty of ideas for your own job search andplease feel free to send it to family, friends and colleagues.  4 “11 Strategies to get the SQL Job you want” © 2009 ViSteps Pty Ltd, SQLSteps.com Division Behavioural Interviewing Strategy #1 You can make yourself irresistible in a job interview by understanding a certaininterview technique and using it to your advantage.I’m referring to the technique of behavioral interviewing, which simply means thatinterviewers ask very specic questions about real situations. The theory is thatyour past behavior is the best predictor of how you will behave in the future, soemployers probe your background for clues.Let’s imagine that SQLSteps was looking for a new Database Administrator whocan take charge of the installation of the new version of SQL Server.In order to understand your experience in this area, a behavioral interviewer will ask:“Tell me about a time when you had to perform under pressure to a strict dead line”or “Describe a time when you where successful in integrating multiple platformswith limited resources”Some interviews still follow the old format – the questions may be arbitrary,sometimes based on the content of your resume, sometimes on the worries of theinterviewer. They may also be very general in nature. For example “How muchexperience do you have in Database Administration?” This question doesn’t invitethe same detailed response as the request for a specic example – but who needsan invite? The secret is to:Respond as if you were asked a behavioral question,even when you were not!Imagine two different candidates for this ctional Database Administrationrole. When asked “How much experience do you have in integrating differentDatabase platforms?”
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