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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:45 am    Post subject: Interview Questions on experience level
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Hello,

Do we have any list or some examples of interview questions
based on experiece level.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:59 am    Post subject:
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experience with what, I wonder.

Saying you "know mainframes" is like my sister expecting me to fix her laptop because I "know computers". I have 30 years experience with MVS but don't really know COBOL and never used a database. I suspect I'd flunk a generic interview - and the interviewer would lose a chance at a great asset. You'll need to be much more specific in your quest. If it's just someone in personnel asking questions they won't understand the answers to, then I guess it doesn't matter though.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:08 am    Post subject:
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That's great MBabu, good to know you.

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:17 am    Post subject:
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By experience level i mean experience in Vanila Mainframes.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 8:39 am    Post subject:
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By experience level i mean experience in Vanila Mainframes.
Your basic problem here is you're asking something that is pretty much beyond definition. There is no such thing as "experience in Vanila (sic) Mainframes". A person may have experience in applications, systems, maintenance, or operations -- all of which areas require extremely different skill sets, and there's almost no questions that can encompass all the skills.

Furthermore, to take applications as an example: COBOL, PL/I, Assembler or another language? VSAM -- or DB2 or Oracle or IMS or IDMS or one of the other many data base packages available on the mainframe? CICS or Intertest or another online system? Source management using CA-Librarian, Pan Valet, Changeman, or Endevor? Program entry through TSO, ROSCOE, or another facility? Banking, manufacturing, accounting, HR, sales, or inventory applications (just a few of the many)? There's over 1,000 possible ways to combine these so your list of questions -- without even considering experience level -- has already hit several thousand questions.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 8:40 am    Post subject:
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Hello,

To succeed in any profession, you need to use terminology accepted in that profession. . . Just what is "Vanila Mainframes"?

Interview questions are typically based upon the position being applied for. So, when one seeks an interview, they should know about the various requirements for the position.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply to: Interview Questions on experience level
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"Vanila Mainframes"

in IT jargon a vanilla MVS environment is a system with no add ons or user mods
just what comes with the IBM tapes!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply to: Interview Questions on experience level
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Well, the probelm is ("I" in the next sentence is a job-seeker in Indian-IT-market)- "I'm searching for jobs and my interviewer himself puts up a question, "What are your skills, do you know vanilla mainframes?" and my reaction is - what's the hell is that? And then I put a question on forums with a hope."

I agree with Robert - a candidate may have experience in applications, systems, maintenance, or operations. When I take an interview then if the interview is for the post of Manager, I refuse to take it and if it is for Application Developers, it is necessary to know for what position they are being hired. But I don't seem to recall if I categorize any specific question, this depends at the state of mind of that moment.

Oh yes, here is another thread talking about what is vanila-mainframes.
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