Ooh, you could go really abstract, today I encountered something that took me a whole five minutes to identify. It was a small object with a single button and a small hole. I immediatly tried the button to see what it did and nothing happened, no lights, sounds or anything. Undeterred I decided that it had crashed and that the little hole was probably a reset switch. A short press with the end of a paperclip did nothing so I tried holding it down for five seconds then tried the button again with the same result. Puzzled I put the object down carlessly and it left a mark on the tables surface.
A bit of googling later I found the culpret:
You did say you did not want to be mean though
Give them a box and ask them to identify it. See how many tell you it's the internet
Chris_ (26th July 2012)
So what day to day lower level technician problem will they be able to solve better by knowing, for example, what an ISA card or a 10baseT terminator looks like?
Last edited by Roberto; 26th July 2012 at 03:16 PM.
My boss and I were stymied the other day by a USB3 cable!
I expect a certain level of initiative, and reading what is written on something, or looking at both ends of a cable and seeing they are not the same is pretty basic stuff.
Show them a Display Port cable. Seeing as no one has ever seen one in the wild it could be a good test
I have the official IBM tool for changing the SCSI address of external devices. They had a knob on the back like this:
The tool is a knurled handle with a slot that fits over the knob. Solid metal too! Presumably this is for people with sausage fingers. I carry it in my pencil case and nobody has ever identified what it is.
From September I'll be formalising my line management responsibilities and will start doing performance reviews/appraisals as well. We are also lookin at staff induction which I'll be playing a big part.
I think that sums up my involvement with HR. everything else is the responsibility of our business manager/county hall.
I think we should just ask the tech guy a question which would question their common scene.
When putting a toilet role onto the holder, which way do you insure that the paper comes down?
A: Paper coming off via the front.
B: Paper coming off via the back.
C: I do it how ever I want as I really just dont care.
Last edited by Dan_ATR; 26th July 2012 at 09:55 PM.
Indeed we have 32 screens connected with display port in our multipoint suite and whilst I've now reduced the connector down to a mini dp to dp adaptor and an active dp to dvi adaptor I now have a big box full of dp cables.
I would start off with some simple bits of kit and gradually add to the difficulty level. Don't just go random, as you want to be able to measure skill sets of your interview candidates. I actually disagree with removing the more tricky items, as this test will be about what they know and also how they handle themselves with things they have no idea about.
I would also add a ridiculous bit of kit that has a note/label included, with what the item is, in small print (on the item itself).
Going back many years ago we had some sixth form assistants (they were all idiots) and we asked one of them to find a network cable and take it to someone.
They did. We got a call later saying that they couldn't work out what to do with it... puzzled, we went down... found a USB cable with a tag on it that read "NETWORK".
How about a Wireless Print Server? a tape drive? what about a zip drive? remember those!? how about a real player file!?
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