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Has anybody had a technical assessment as part of an interview?

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by billythekid, Nov 20, 2007.

  1. billythekid

    billythekid New Member

    I have a second interview for a 'Junior Support Systems Engineer' job this thursday and as part of this they are going to give me a technical assessment to get an idea of my skill level (or lack of).

    Has anyone else been through this sort of thing?

    I'm guessing they'll ask some basic troubleshooting/connectivity type questions but other than that I'm not too sure what to expect.

    Certifications: 70-270, 70-290, 70-291
  2. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster


    Hi Billy, usually a second interview means they feel you are up to the task. I would concentrate on the technical, customer and communicative aspects of what the role would entail. Well definate there might be a written test or select type a, b or c etc. Cheerio and lets know how you get on:)
    Certifications: MCSE: 2003, MCSA: 2003 Messaging, MCP, HNC BIT, ITIL Fdn V3, SDI Fdn, VCP 4 & VCP 5
    WIP: MCTS:70-236, PowerShell
  3. simongrahamuk
    Honorary Member

    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

    Technical assessments are simply a way for the employer to find out if you can actually do what you say you can do.

    Try not to stress about it too much, if you don't understand then simply say so. A lack of understanding does not necessarilly mean a lack of knowledge.

  4. ManicD

    ManicD Byte Poster

    also, being able to straight off admitt you dont know is a good quality.

    there is never any harm in asking someone else to help you out, there is harm if they think your gonna sit staring at the computer for hours while you try to work it out on your own.

    if you dont know something in teh interveiw, tell you dont know, and suggest that you would contact another member of the support team to ask for suggestions. two heads are better than one!!!

    EDIT: in fact thinking about it, a question in my last interveiw was structured to recive this exact answer

    "a server goes down and the rest of yoru team are not in work that day, your alone and cant see how to fix it, what do you do"

    my reply was something to the effect of

    "try calling a mobile of teh other staff to ask for suggestions, check previously recorded issues to see if a solution has already been documented and if neither of these work, attempt to fix the problem myself using any resources (e.g. internet, books, manuals etc) i can get hold of to help me"
    Certifications: MCSA, N+, A+(Tech), ECDL
    WIP: 70-294, 70-298
  5. Spilly

    Spilly Kilobyte Poster

    This may help if you know all of these!

    What does TCP/IP stand for
    Whats is a UPS
    What's a brown out
    what does NTLDR missing mean
    what is the max network speed for a CAT5 cable
    What is Bios
    What is Cmos set-up & how & why would access it
    What is DNS
    What is DHCP
    Where would you find an RJ45 cable
    Where would you plug a RJ11 cable into
    What does VGA stand for
    What is a PC bus
    Where does outlook store emails
    Whats the differance between and roaming and local profile.
    What is an active directory
    What is the differance betwwen and Lan & a Wan
    What is the device manger

    Basic Practical Test

    PC Wont Boot...Ntldr missing.......Blank floppy disk in PC boot drive set to A:
    PC Just Bleeps won't boot ..........has faulty memory or memory removed.
    PC Gives series of 8 beeps .........Vga card unseated or faulty
    PC Dead .................................Power supply disconnected or fused blown or removed from plug
    PC has no network connectivity.. network card disabled in device manager.
    PC has no sound ......................muted on task bar

    This is our current test where I work.
  6. billythekid

    billythekid New Member

    Thanks for all of the advice.

    Now all I have to worry about is the main interview.

    Wish me luck...


    Certifications: 70-270, 70-290, 70-291

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