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Default order of a select query

Last Modified: 2014-05-01
I have a very simple doubt. Say for e.g, I have the following table, Employee :

Name      ID      Salary
A              1      14500      
B              2      25100
C              3      20000
D              4        9000
E              5        7500

and I run the below query :

select * from Employee (nolock) where Salary in(14500,25100,20000,9000)

My questions :

1) How would the order of the result set of the above query be decided WITHOUT an ORDER BY CLAUSE.

2) Can I control the order of the output in the order in which the parameters are passed in the "in" clause ? i.e I want the record with salary value "14500" to appear first followed by 25100 and so on ?

Knowledge sharing would be appreciated. :)
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