Preparing for your SQL interview in 2023

Aditya Daria
3 min readFeb 18, 2023

Congratulations, fresher! You’ve landed an interview for a SQL job. Now, it’s time to prepare for the technical grilling that lies ahead. Don’t worry, though; with the right mindset and preparation, you can nail the interview and impress your potential employer.

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  1. Review the basics of SQL

Before diving into more complex topics, it’s essential to have a solid understanding of the basics of SQL. Review concepts such as data types, operators, functions, and clauses, as well as the structure of SQL queries and the use of SQL statements.

2. Practice writing SQL queries

SQL is all about writing queries, so it’s essential to practice writing SQL statements to become more familiar with the language. Start with simple queries and work your way up to more complex scenarios. Try using sample databases or online resources to practice and test your skills.

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3. Familiarize yourself with common SQL interview questions

While every interview is unique, some common questions come up in most SQL interviews. Make sure you’re prepared to answer questions related to SQL basics, querying and filtering data, joins and subqueries, database design and normalization, and optimization and performance tuning. Practice answering these questions with a friend or mentor and seek feedback to improve your responses.

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4. Prepare for hands-on scenarios

Some SQL interviews may require you to perform hands-on tasks or solve real-world scenarios. Familiarize yourself with database management tools and practice solving sample problems. This will help you gain practical experience and prepare you for questions related to real-world scenarios and use cases.

5. Showcase your problem-solving skills

As a fresher, you may not have extensive experience with SQL or database management, but you can still demonstrate your problem-solving skills. Be prepared to discuss how you’ve approached challenges in the past and how you’ve used logic and critical thinking to solve problems. Emphasize your willingness to learn and your enthusiasm for the field.

6. Keep up-to-date with the latest SQL trends and updates

SQL is constantly evolving, with new features, tools, and updates released regularly. Make sure you’re up-to-date with the latest trends and developments in SQL by following SQL blogs, podcasts, and social media channels. This will show potential employers that you’re committed to staying current and are passionate about the field.


Remember, preparing for a SQL interview as a fresher is all about showcasing your skills, problem-solving abilities, and willingness to learn. By following the tips and strategies outlined in this article, you can demonstrate your expertise and enthusiasm for the field. So go ahead, ace that interview, and show the world what you’re made of!

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