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Just back from my job interview

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by ericrollo, May 11, 2010.

  1. ericrollo

    ericrollo Megabyte Poster

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    So i went to the job interview which is for a little above minimum wage working at an ISP/ Data centre (Actually advertised for less than what i am on now but i would really like to work in a data centre and the office and people were really nice)

    It was only an initial interview and i had an assessment which was loads of multiple choice questions.

    Most of the questions focused on Windows Server, Exchange and quite advanced networking questions, Most of which i have never ever done. The pass mark was 80% i would be lucky to get 50%.

    One of the questions i had absolutely no idea what any of the multiple choice answers were let alone which was the right one.

    I did know at least two questions for certain.

    The person who gets this job really deserves to work in IT, but it probably wont be me.
     
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  2. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    You never know mate, stay confident. Good luck, Jim
     
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  3. ericrollo

    ericrollo Megabyte Poster

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    Its like an entry level server administrator job.
     
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    Eric,

    Have do you have a lab up and running at home? if not, try and get one going using Vmware Workstation. And if you can afford it, get a technet subscription so you can get exposure to as many technologies as possible. It always helps to know what they can do, what they are for, and how to use them, even if you have no actual production experience with them.
     
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  5. ericrollo

    ericrollo Megabyte Poster

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    My computers are really awful i have not had a new computer for about 4 years now, im still running XP at home i tried vista but it was to slow. A new computer is a high priority.
     
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  6. BosonMichael
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    Are you already in IT, Eric, or are you just now applying for your first IT job?
     
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  7. greenbrucelee
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    you don't need Vista or windows 7 to setup a virtual setup.

    I run a virtual setup running server 2k3, 3 copies of xp pro, ubuntu (that never gets used) and Windows 7.

    Eric why not overclock your system to give it a bit more oomph or buy yourself a cheap setup, one with lots of RAM and a half decent cpu.
     
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  8. jk2447

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    Great advice, mod's check westernkings account hasn't been hacked please, this can't be right.

    I learned a lot through breaking VM's in my labs at work and at home. A technet subscription is a great way to get your hands on MS products and get support.
     
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  9. ericrollo

    ericrollo Megabyte Poster

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    Yes i have had a part time IT job now for a while.
     
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  10. BosonMichael
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    Are you getting any light server admin time in at your job?
     
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  11. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    What kind of stuff do you do in your part time job Joe? Is it a support role?
     
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  12. ericrollo

    ericrollo Megabyte Poster

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    Its doing technical support and customer service, but i have done all sorts including some really important things which are quite impressive. I also have a massive amount of responsibility.

    Most of my work is Internet related and absolutely no Microsoft support.
     
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  13. BosonMichael
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    Going straight for a server admin job without server admin experience will be difficult, because you'll likely be competing against people who have a little server administration experience. If you were an employer, who would you hire?

    If server administration interests you, I'd recommend getting a desktop admin or "Internet-related" job where you can help administer servers. Then you can start building that experience.
     
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    Ha ha!
    You evil ****! :biggrin
     
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    It was not advertised like this at all lol.

    I think the job was called IT Help Desk Engineer, and it only asked for a knowledge of internet connectivity.

    I was literally shocked by the questions.
     
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  16. jk2447

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    I try my best, me and Western have a bromance going on so its all good.

    Sorry to hear the questions went above your head Eric but at least you already have your foot in the door which is the main thing. Are you doing any studying at the moment?
     
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  17. ericrollo

    ericrollo Megabyte Poster

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    Yes my HND, if i don't get this job (Which after today is very likely) i will be doing a lot more.
     
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  18. BosonMichael
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    Wow, I can understand why! :)

    Eh, chin up... you'll get there. :)
     
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