Interview Advice for the Aspiring SAS Programmer


Last week on the SAS Training Facebook page, I answered a question about what to expect during a job interview. It's a question I've seen before, since I speak with students about SAS Certification, and many of them seek certification in pursuit of a first job. And while certification can certainly validate your SAS technical skills, there are many skills that can't be tested on a certification exam, such as work ethic, creativity, and interpersonal effectiveness.

When people ask me about what to expect during a job interview for SAS programmers, I'll refer them to a paper from SUGI 25 by Neil Howard "The Ultimate Match Merge: Hiring the Best SAS Programmers."  While this guide is intended to help hiring managers find SAS talent, it is also a great resource for job seekers.  It addresses resumes, phone interviews, face-to-face interviews and technical skill assessment. It is an entertaining read as well, as it contains some good interview horror stories such as the job candidate that ate his Big Mac and fries during the interview. So if you are seeking employment as a SAS programmer, I'd recommend a quick read of this paper. And maybe also get a cat?


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Mark Stevens

SR Certification Specialist

Mark Stevens is a Certification Specialist for SAS Global Certification and has been working in training and certification since 2004. A SAS Certified Base Programmer since 2010, Mark enjoys every opportunity to dive into new SAS products and features. When he isn’t working on the next SAS certification, he can be found coaching his kids' soccer teams.


  1. Hello,
    This is Sonakshi. I am preparing interview for Base and advance sas as well as BI.Please send me the interview questions for fresher. Thank you.

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