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    Interview tips?

    Hey all just got an interview for a job at an upper school. Any tips/hints? For an I.T. Tech.

    Any usual tech questions you I.T. managers ask? Also how big are the panels usually in your schools etc.

    Cheers for any help .
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    Interview tips?

    Read through this. Some good info / hints / ideas here.

    Grats and Good Luck btw.

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    Which one? Was it one of the ones I posted?
    They are usually after keenness, and a willingness to learn, and EVERY one I have ever been to has asked me how I would deal with a teacher who:
    a)Doesn't understand IT and is a bit belligerent about it
    b)Needs serious help
    c) Makes the same mistakes over and over
    Basically it is about getting your point across without making people feel or look stupid. I always say something like 'I am quite evangelical about IT - I want others to understand it, use it to its full potential and feel comfortable with it, and I am very aware that people find it scary. I always tell people that they can't be expected to know what to do unless told or shown and that everyone has to learn from scratch'
    And as for cross people - never lose your temper etc etc etc I also make the point that IT is just a tool, one way of doing things, a means to an end (blah blah) as this often makes non-technical interviewers feel more comfortable with you!!
    I get asked about team work too as I am a lone tech. I tell them how I make sure I go into the staff room so I am visible and approachable etc etc
    Good Luck

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    Yes Ferndown upper, though I applied to it before I saw it here as I trawl through the dorset site every day!

    I should be ok, have two years of I.T. experience and a degree behind me (one and a bit in schools). Just gotta look over the Network + book this weekend and revise allot of stuff, its been a few months since my networking exams about the joys of link state, vector distance and DNS ; /

    Ahh thannks for the link but it didnt work .

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    The link links back to this thread, thought I was having dejavu.

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    Just think carefully what you're saying and be yourself. Personally when recruiting I want to see if the person will fit into the team because you can be the most brilliant techie in the world but if your people skills aren't upto the job it makes no odds (to me at least.)

    The best one I had was a guy who, whilst we were discussing backup systems in the "meet the team" slot piped up "Well I don't suppose backup matters much in a school - it's not like you have anything important on the network"

    Guess how far he went!!??

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    The ultimate interview......


    YouTube - Trainspotting - Interview

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcollings View Post
    Just think carefully what you're saying and be yourself. Personally when recruiting I want to see if the person will fit into the team because you can be the most brilliant techie in the world but if your people skills aren't upto the job it makes no odds (to me at least.)

    The best one I had was a guy who, whilst we were discussing backup systems in the "meet the team" slot piped up "Well I don't suppose backup matters much in a school - it's not like you have anything important on the network"

    Guess how far he went!!??
    He is most probably an IT Manager or Consultant now......

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    lol gotta love that vid ;P

    My backup is very important, have it in two places at the moment on my school network. Mobile hard drive in a mobile as well as the ole tapes. Problem is can't always have the best quality due to the cr*py budget in a Junior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattx View Post
    He is most probably an IT Manager or Consultant now......
    For BSF....

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