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I have an interview for my first IT Technician job on Tuesday at a school. Trying to do ...
13th July 2012, 08:25 PM #1
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Practical Test for Interview
I have an interview for my first IT Technician job on Tuesday at a school. Trying to do some preparation to get ready for it and have been looking for examples of possible 25 minute "tasks" that might be issued on the interview. I wondered if anyone has any examples or experiences they could share with me to give me an idea of what I might have to do?
Many Thanks in advance,
13th July 2012, 08:37 PM #2
Goodness, it could be practically anything. It might be putting a computer on a domain, finding a fault, adding a user, changing a password, sorting out a jammed printer, etc etc
The most important thing is to keep calm and go through things one by one.
13th July 2012, 08:57 PM #3
I have run several interviews of this type over the years for entry level posts. The ones I usually employ are
PC not working-find out why (we put a dud fuse in the plug, candidate success rate about 50%,we stop them when they try and take the processor out)
Here is a laptop,projector,lead and wireless presenter, the Head wants to do a presentation in 5 mins, get it set up. surprisingly difficult to do faultlessly under time pressure,many candidates fail to get video out to the projector.
Sensible interviewers are looking for the ability to think clearly and analyse a problem methodically,which is difficult to teach, rather than absolute knowledge, which is easier to pick up as you go.
13th July 2012, 10:32 PM #4
I have done 4 interview sessions over the years..
My old fave was a pc with a jammed reset switch.
We also got the candidates to put together a LCD monitor and stand,
Got them to sort a non booting PC ( IDE off in bios , disk unplugged )
Wire a 13A plug..
And gave a basic written test...
On the written test our favorite question was...
"So, what is it?"
No one got it right on the day, but one guy we employed sussed it on the way home He's still with us 5yrs on which proves it was the perfect question to ask.
13th July 2012, 10:58 PM #5
A white hole!
Originally Posted by twin--turbo
13th July 2012, 11:00 PM #6
did you have to google, or are you proper I.T. geek material!
13th July 2012, 11:04 PM #7
I watched them all when they first aired and many times since.
13th July 2012, 11:12 PM #8
we had all the usual questions, stuuf about IP's , how many PC's we had, yada yada yada..
but we needed a personality question and that one fitted the bill...
We were disappointed that 8 people did not work it out ( perhaps 7 of them were total Duds ) . But the guy we employed who worked it out on the way home has proved to be super...
14th July 2012, 09:09 AM #9
Am I going mad or is there a 'Space SitCom' reference in this thread?!
16th July 2012, 09:27 AM #10
Or maybe 7 of them just don't like Red Dwarf. Or just haven't seen it. I can sympathise with them, tbh. If that's seriously one of your interview questions then I respectfully submit that your interview process is not as professional as it should be.
Originally Posted by twin--turbo
Thanks to Roberto from:
RabbieBurns (17th July 2012)
16th July 2012, 09:45 AM #11
Originally Posted by Roberto
Much as I like Red Dwarf, I wouldn't have gotten that. But, I'm good at my job anyway.
16th July 2012, 09:49 AM #12
The interview was a seperate part of the day, the tests are to get an insight in to the person and their abilities. On this ocasion there realy was no contest anyway, the guy that got the job fitted our main criterian and exhibited reasonable skill and knowledge.
On a previous session a few years before (not using the dwarf question in the practical btw), we spent 3hrs after the interviews debating 3 candidates. the one we chose stayed with us for 2 years, spent 1 year in another local Job and now lives in Vienna working for a Multinational bank flying round the world doing very well for himself.
We have not employed a duffer yet and I have run 5 sessions over 14 years and sat on the interview pannel and been part of the process of selecting 6 employees that have been a credit to the organisation.
16th July 2012, 09:49 AM #13
On my first job internet they put a bit of paper under the motherboard battery and got to me figure out why the machine wouldnt boot.
16th July 2012, 09:53 AM #14
I remember at my interview for my post,
The outgoing AV tech actualy needed somone to fix a fault. He had a machine back from external repair and the display was all over the place.. ( Back in the days when monitors could not sync properly to high res signals )
16th July 2012, 10:02 AM #15
It could be something broken we grab off the workbench (so switch, projector, laptop, desktop, UPS) or if we have time it could be something fiendish.
And the task is to diagnose the problem(s) and if at all possible, make it work.
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