Conducting the Network Administrator Job Interview: IT Manager Guide with Cisco Interview Questions

Conducting the Network Administrator Job Interview: IT Manager Guide with Cisco Interview Questions

by Adam Haeder


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Offering accumulated observations of interviews with hundreds of job candidates, these books provide useful insights into which characteristics make a good IT professional. These handy guides each have a complete set of job interview questions and provide a practical method for accurately assessing the technical abilities of job candidates. The personality characteristics of successful IT professionals are listed and tips for identifying candidates with the right demeanor are included. Methods for evaluating academic and work histories are described as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780974435572
Publisher: Rampant Techpress
Publication date: 04/28/2004
Series: IT Job Interview series
Pages: 150
Product dimensions: 6.98(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.32(d)

About the Author

Adam Haeder is a network administrator and Linux technology expert. He is a vice president at the Association for Information Management Institute and is a Linux Certified Administrator, a Cisco Certified Networking Associate, and a Cisco Certified Academic Instructor. He lives in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Donald K. Burleson is the author of 16 Oracle database books and is the editor in chief of Oracle Internals. He is an Oracle consultant with extensive experience designing and implementing Oracle8 databases, including systems architecture, project management, data warehouse design, implementation and tuning, tuning massively parallel Oracle databases, Oracle SQL tuning, using Oracle with SAP, and tuning very large Oracle databases. He lives in Kittrell, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Using the Online Code Depot1
Conventions Used in this Book2
Chapter 1Evaluating the Network Administrator7
Preparing the Network Administrator Job Offering7
Preparing the Incentive Package8
Defining the Required Job Skills11
Basic IT Skills12
Cisco Certified Professionals13
The Value of Cisco Certification14
Network Administrator Characteristics14
Sample Job Sheet for a Network Administrator17
Sample Network Administrator Job Sheet17
Work Experience17
Network Administrator Certification18
Publishing and Research18
Personal Integrity18
USA Citizenship19
Additional Specialized Skills19
Chapter 2Qualities of a Desirable Candidate20
Evaluating Employment History20
Fraudulent Work History21
Evaluating Personal Integrity21
Evaluating Academic History22
The Quality of Education22
Rating College Education24
College Major and Network Administrator Job Suitability25
International Degrees27
Advanced Degrees and Network Administrator Professionals29
The New Graduate30
Personality of the Network Administrator32
A Curious Nature34
A Tenacious Disposition35
Polite Manners36
Detail Oriented37
Chapter 3Network Administrator Roles39
Network Administrator Job Roles39
Monitoring and Tuning41
Communication Skills41
Chapter 4Initial Screening43
The High Cost of Attrition and Hiring Overhead44
Choosing Viable Candidates45
Dealing with IT Headhunters46
General Evaluation Criteria47
Gleaning Demographics from the Candidate49
Resume Evaluation53
Resume Red Flags54
Evaluating Training55
Telephone Screening57
Technical Pre-Testing59
Developing Questions for Interviews60
The IT Candidate's Demeanor61
Eye Contact62
Appropriate Appearance63
Conducting the Background Check65
Making the Initial Job Offer67
Chapter 5The On-site Interview70
Questions from the Candidate71
Technical Questions72
Cisco questions75
Physical and Data-Link layer questions79
Security Questions85
TCP/IP and Routing questions92
Telephone pre-interview questions96
Troubleshooting Questions98
Non-Technical Questions104
General Questions109
Policies, Processes and Procedures120
Commitment to Task124
Planning, Prioritizing and Goal Setting126
Attention to Detail128
About Adam Haeder135
About Mike Reed136

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