Help ! job interview

techN0techN0 Member Posts: 11 ■□□□□□□□□□
Its a entry level Systems Administrator. On the application description they would be open to new college grads which I am. The only problem is my major only offered programming, database, project management, systems analysis classes no networking,hardware, server type of courses so Im really out of luck in that department. On the app. they wanted someone with knowledge in wireless networking/server administration.

Networking experts

The interview is in 1 week . in that time frame what should I learn and where should I start at. any resources/links thanks.


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    scaredoftestsscaredoftests Mod Posts: 2,780 Mod
    Start searching/googling. Also, research the company and start writing down questions.
    Never let your fear decide your fate....
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    NetworkingStudentNetworkingStudent Member Posts: 1,407 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Start with this:

    Preparing for the Job Interview

    Good luck!
    When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened."

    --Alexander Graham Bell,
    American inventor
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    NetworkingStudentNetworkingStudent Member Posts: 1,407 ■■■■■■■■□□
    I thought this would help too

    Interview Tips

    • Even if the company is casual, always wear a suit to an interview; first impressions ALWAYS count! Ironed shirt / blouse, straight tie, clean shoes, etc.

    • Firm handshakes and eye contact matter. Be upbeat, smile. Nobody wants to hire a grouch.

    • Never smoke, chew gum, etc. in the interview.

    • Bring multiple extra copies of your resume in case they don’t have one handy. Keep a copy in front of you, they are asking questions from what they see on their copy, it helps you answer more appropriately if you’re looking at the same thing and see what they are referring to.

    • Rarely answer with a simple “Yes” or “No” to a question. Always try to give positive elaboration to your answer. However, don’t ramble, keep your answers appropriately directed to the question.

    • You should not be doing more than 50% of the talking. Ask questions as well, try to ask questions appropriate to the conversation, not on unrelated tangents.

    • ALWAYS give honest answers! However, don’t emphasize negative aspects of previous jobs, managers, companies, etc. People don’t want to hire people that blame their problems on former employers, no matter how legitimate the complaint.

    • NEVER speak negatively about others.

    • Rehearse positive answers to questions looking for negatives (e.g.; never give an answer saying that you don’t work well with other people. Instead, answer you have a tendency to work best independently).

    • If you are meeting with multiple people, one after the other, treat each person with the same level of respect, interest, and courtesy; even if they ask all the same questions. NEVER treat anyone as less important regardless what position they hold, assume everyone’s opinion about you is equally important as to whether you get the job.

    • Show consistent interest and appropriate enthusiasm throughout the interview(s). Maintain eye contact, don’t mumble, listen attentively. Never cut short their comments.

    • ALWAYS keep going as if you want the job. Never decide in the interview that you are not interested and let them know then. You never have to take a job you don’t want, but don’t preclude the possibility of an offer until you’re away from the interview and have had a chance to think about it further.

    • Always express interest at the end of an interview and ask for the job or at least for the next steps.

    • Never be too specific when asked about compensation requirements. Details can be worked out at the offer stage, but you can exclude yourself from further consideration if you state a minimum requirement that’s $1 over the range they have in mind. Salary ranges OFTEN become more flexible once they’ve decided whom they want to hire. If you earned more in a previous job than what you are currently interviewing for, try to avoid giving that information, if pressed, make clear that you are flexible.

    • Always show confidence, never arrogance.
    When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened."

    --Alexander Graham Bell,
    American inventor
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    awitt11awitt11 Member Posts: 50 ■□□□□□□□□□
    For the server/hardware question, do some ebay searches for used gear. Look at the specs and research parts you are unfamiliar with. Common things would be RAID info, hot swap, SAS/SATA,NAS and SAN, iDRAC/iLo/out-of-band management. For networking make sure you know basic subnetting (youtube) and technologies that are used in Enterprises like VPN.
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