SQL Server - Common Interview Questions and Answers


  1. What is NOT NULL Constraint?
    A NOT NULL constraint enforces that the column will not accept null values. The not null constraints are used to enforce domain integrity, as the check constraints.
  2. How to get @@ERROR and @@ROWCOUNT at the same time?

    If @@Rowcount is checked after Error checking statement then it will have 0 as the value of @@Recordcount as it would have been reset. And if @@Recordcount is checked before the error-checking statement then @@Error would get reset. To get @@error and @@rowcount at the same time do both in same statement and store them in local variable.

    SELECT @RC = @@ROWCOUNT, @ER = @@ERROR
  3. What is a Scheduled Jobs or What is a Scheduled Tasks?
    Scheduled tasks let user automate processes that run on regular or predictable cycles. User can schedule administrative tasks, such as cube processing, to run during times of slow business activity. User can also determine the order in which tasks run by creating job steps within a SQL Server Agent job. E.g. back up database, Update Stats of Tables. Job steps give user control over flow of execution. If one job fails, user can configure SQL Server Agent to continue to run the remaining tasks or to stop execution.
  4. What are the advantages of using Stored Procedures?
    1. Stored procedure can reduced network traffic and latency, boosting application performance.
    2. Stored procedure execution plans can be reused, staying cached in SQL Server's memory, reducing server overhead.
    3. Stored procedures help promote code reuse.
    4. Stored procedures can encapsulate logic. You can change stored procedure code without affecting clients.
    5. Stored procedures provide better security to your data.
  5. What is a table called, if it has neither Cluster nor Non-cluster Index? What is it used for?
    Unindexed table or Heap. Microsoft Press Books and Book on Line (BOL) refers it as Heap. A heap is a table that does not have a clustered index and, therefore, the pages are not linked by pointers. The IAM pages are the only structures that link the pages in a table together. Unindexed tables are good for fast storing of data. Many times it is better to drop all indexes from table and then do bulk of inserts and to restore those indexes after that.
  6. Can SQL Servers linked to other servers like Oracle?
    SQL Server can be linked to any server provided it has OLE-DB provider from Microsoft to allow a link. E.g. Oracle has an OLE-DB provider for oracle that Microsoft provides to add it as linked server to SQL Server group.