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    I got given a scenario. The school has umpteen desktops, laptops varying ages. Servers are this old. How would you go about upgrading everything. Show costs and use a diagram aswell!!!

    I didnt do the diagram as I thought it was pointless. I must have done alright as I got offered the job on my way home a few hours later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiza View Post
    I got given a scenario. The school has umpteen desktops, laptops varying ages. Servers are this old. How would you go about upgrading everything. Show costs and use a diagram aswell!!!
    This sort of thing is much more what I would expect for a NM role, rather than pointless and irrelevant "technical" questions along the lines of "What does DHCP stand for". Most NM's have a degree, and have probably served their time as technicians. They're applying for a Management role, which is a different kettle of fish. Some of the stuff mentioned in this post is the sort of thing I might ask a technician, mainly to gauge their level of knowledge, and clarity of thought/explanation. As a fairly hands-on NM myself, one thing I'm a bit of a stickler for with my techs is "clarity and precision"!

    My advice to the OP would be to know the role you're applying for, research the School (I know from sitting on a number of interview panels that knowing nothing about the company you're applying for will generally rule you out), and if they have a specialist on the panel, don't try and bluff. Usually they'll have a NM from another school - I've sat on a few myself over the years.

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    I can remember an interview at the Met Office where they had obviously been through some Microsoft manuals and were just asking questions from them.

    Utterly pointless, as are any questions about 'theory' like the OSI model. It's important to have an appreciation of the concepts of computer science, but how often do I refer to the OSI model in my day to day work? Err, that would be never then!

    The scenario questions as mentioned above are much more relevant than any 'What is the Microsft recommended way of.........' cobbers. When we interview for our Assistant NM I'll be looking for someone with initiative to solve problems, not Johnny 9 who has memorised a manual.

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    Hi guys,


    I attended the technical test. It was written only.
    They tested me on DNS, DHCP, RAID, esxi, mapping printers, active directory


    Then there were scenario questions about process of upgrading servers from 2003 to 2008, budgets for next year and project management for kitting a brand new classroom.


    I have now heard that I passed the test and have been shortlisted for interview.


    So my question is now, what type of questions will be be asked at interview and what should my responses be?


    Thanks guys !!!

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    If you passed the technical test then it should be obvious you know your stuff.

    No idea what questions they'll be asking you but if I were you I'd be trying to find out as much about the school as possible (shows you've done some research) and be as positive and keen as possible during the interview. It might be a good idea to mention things you've done in the past which might benefit the school (for example, today I installed Mailcleaner, a freeware antispam solution).

    Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewjones1987 View Post
    I attended the technical test....So my question is now, what type of questions will be be asked at interview and what should my responses be?
    Hey, well done. There are a number of very common interview questions which often come up, and which you should be able to answer confidently...you can find lists of them on Google. Stuff like...tell us about yourself, strengths and weaknesses, tell us about a project you've managed, tell us how you deal with difficult people, what would be the first thing you'd do, where do you see yourself in five years, do you have any questions, etc. You might want to prepare some knowledgeable waffle on topics like cloud services and mobile devices. The most important thing at this stage is to act confident, cheerful, relaxed and enthusiastic. Using the interviewers' names is reckoned a good idea. (Good luck - keep us posted!)
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    I have had 3 job interviews in my life .

    1 ICT tech ( More like a network manager position with out the ordering )
    1 network Manager and another network manager.

    In my ICT tech position they had 4 PC's with basic tests , like creating a user in AD , inserting ram, creation of a dhcp scope and one i failed miserably was making a network cable ( considering i did that in my degree it was very bad , yet i only did it once ).

    My second job as a network manager was purely a written test ( Testking questions based on the MCSE ) . Considering i didnt actually have a MCSE i must have done ok .It was then a interview with a board of staff members .

    My Third job was just a formal interview and them asking questions . It was more about selling my self , Using previous experience to show them what i have done and what i can do for them . No tests and a lot more money .

    I would suggest if your interview doesn't consist of a show and tell around the networking system i would ask for one . It shows initiative and will give you leverage during the formal interview as you can show them you know what there network consists of and how you have worked on similar before .

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