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    Suggestions for kit for a "What Is It" interview question.

    We have 5 people interviewing for a tech job, I've suggested that we have a "What is it" question with some small random bits of hardware.

    I currently have:

    a linksys 1000baseSX mini gbic module
    a POE injector
    a firewire 800 cable
    a smart senteo reciever.

    What other common, but slightly obscure things can we think of... bear in mind i'm trying to obscure but not cruel

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    Crossover patch cable

    Then put in a few common ones, serial cable, Sata drive just in case those who don't know the above can at least have a chance.

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    Molex to SATA convertor?
    A quick round of "identify the fibre connector"? (although I still have to check Wikipedia on that count everytime, so that may count as cruel)
    RAID card or an old ISA card?
    Depending on the age of your interviewees... a floppy disk?

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    I have a test paper I use for tech interviews that includes a picture of a motherboard and a picture of the back of a desktop, I ask them to label all of the connections. The answers can be, shall we say, fascinating! We also give them a practical task, a desktop with a series of common faults (incorrect boot device, Keyboard in wrong socket, monitor unplugged, etc) and see how the get on.

    I could give you a copy if you PM me.

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    Ok, i've found a sata drive in an old usff machine which has a confusing looking metal cage round it and added that to the pile

    I'm going to go and look in one of our old servers to see if there is anything interesting. I might also bring in my original full size EGA ISA graphics card,

    I've also found some 5 1/4" floppy discs and a 50ohm 10base2 terminator.

    none of the candidates are over 30!

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    a white hole?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Oaktech View Post
    I might also bring in my original full size EGA ISA graphics card,

    I've also found some 5 1/4" floppy discs and a 50ohm 10base2 terminator.

    none of the candidates are over 30!
    Erm, that's very cruel!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    a white hole?

    No, its a rent in the time space continuum.

    The Cat: [to Rimmer] What *is* it?
    Rimmer: It's a rent in the space-time continuum.
    The Cat: [to Lister] What *is* it?
    Lister: The stasis room freezes time, you know, makes time stand still. So whenever you have a leak, it must preserve whatever it's leaked into, and it's leaked into this room.
    The Cat: [to Rimmer] What *is* it?
    Rimmer: It's singularity, a point in the Universe where the normal laws of space and time don't apply.
    The Cat: [to Lister] What *is* it?
    Lister: It's a hole back into the past.
    The Cat: Oh, a magic door! Well, why didn't you say?

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    A plastic motherboard jumper

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    A 21pin printer cable (it connects to the purple one...and i don't mean @Little-Miss)

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    Ok, so I think the list is going to be:

    X-Over network cable,
    2.5" SATA HDD,
    Firewire 800 cable
    POE Injector
    Mini GBIC
    Smart SENTEO reciever
    A SATA cable
    A Server Management Interface card. I accept that this is super obscure, but in very small letters it says exactly what it is, on it, so I don't think that is too cruel.

    We are also going to run a 5 minute faked helpdesk activity and @tmcd35 's written test (thankyou very much!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oaktech View Post
    We are also going to run a 5 minute faked helpdesk activity and @tmcd35 's written test (thankyou very much!)
    Anytime.

    Out of curiosity what level/payscale is this role on. What type of candidate are you trying to attract - green noob to be trained up, or seasoned pro vying for the network managers job (if it ever came up)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    Anytime.

    Out of curiosity what level/payscale is this role on. What type of candidate are you trying to attract - green noob to be trained up, or seasoned pro vying for the network managers job (if it ever came up)?
    Payscale is level 4, we are expecting either an entusiastic n00b with some prior knowledge and a desire to learn, or a general technician.

    I've just been made senior tech and I won't be looking to go anywhere for a while as I have 3-5 year development plan that I want to see through!

    We no longer have an NM, the HR component of the NM job is now being done by central HR, and the development priorities are defined by myself and the head of the college who is budget holder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oaktech View Post
    Payscale is level 4, we are expecting either an entusiastic n00b with some prior knowledge and a desire to learn, or a general technician.
    In that case, I'd strip out some of the harder/more obscure stuff personally. (X-Over, mini GBIc, Smart, etc). They are not going to know what they are and you don't really need/want them to know what they are - they should learn all that on the job...

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    @Domino and @Beard will also tell you that you should show them a network adapter and ask where to plug it in inside a server.

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