Date: Wed, 6 May 1998 10:34:03 -0600
Reply-To: Jack Hamilton <jack_hamilton@HCCOMPARE.COM>
Sender: "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>
From: Jack Hamilton <jack_hamilton@HCCOMPARE.COM>
Subject: Finding SAS-aware potential employees through SAS-L
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A month or so ago, there was a discussion about skill tests for potential
employees (I think), and I mentioned in a followup that we were looking for
people. I received a few notes from people saying they were interested, and
we have actually hired one of them.
I had gotten no response to an explicit job announcement a few months
earlier (one person called, but never sent me his resume). It seems odd
that a brief sidenote in a different thread would then get several nibbles.
I also heard nothing from flyers in the job posting book at SUGI. Do people
actually find jobs there?
By the way, it appears that we won't have openings in Downers Grove or
Scottsdale (not immediately, anyway), but we probably do have some vacancies
in West Sacramento. We're looking for someone who (a) knows SAS well (data
step and SQL, but AF/FSP/EIS don't matter) and can serve as a technical
consultant in addition to working on projects, or (b) someone who has used
SAS or Excel or VBA and has experience in healthcare analysis or has dealt
with healthcare data. Having VMS experience is a plus, but certainly not
(I am neither the person responsible for hiring nor the person a new
employee would report to.)
The person we hired, by the way, has some experience with SAS but is not,
and didn't claim to be, an expert. His experience with healthcare was
mostly with livestock rather than humans, but that was enough.
We have an fairly extensive interview process (usually two sets of
interviews, each lasting 2-4 hours), and there's a set of questions I
usually ask. I asked one recent interviewee to explain what a particular
function does, and what a particular language construct does. In both
cases, they thought they knew the answer, and repeated the same answer
through several variations of the question - but their answers were wrong.
What to do? Correcting them doesn't seem appropriate, but neither does