Systems administrator Interview Questions

When you interview for a systems administrator position, it is likely that interviewers will ask you questions that allow them to learn how you multitask and deal with problems. Expect to give specific examples about how you dealt with certain situations, and highlight your communication, troubleshooting and technical skills.

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Top Systems Administrator Interview Questions & How To Answer

Here are three top systems administrator interview questions and tips on how to answer them:

Question No. 1: If your company's website is down, how do you resolve the issue?

How to answer: This open-ended question allows you to discuss your technical skills. Discuss how you identify the problem, troubleshoot the situation and work out why it happened. Your ability to stay calm and focused while you investigate the issue is also important.

Question No. 2: How do you prioritise your tasks?

How to answer: As a systems administrator, you are constantly monitoring the company's computer systems' performance and providing technical support to employees. Highlight your organisational skills and ability to multitask. Give specific examples of how different tasks require more attention than others.

Question No. 3: Talk about a time when you initially failed to solve a system issue.

How to answer: As a systems administrator, it is vital to be able to overcome your inability to fix a problem and troubleshoot it. Focus on how you found a strategy that works instead of trying out different fixes until you solved the issue. Mention if the issue reached your professional limitations and you needed to use your communication skills to consult with others for assistance.

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Contract Administrator was asked...12 April 2015

Why do you want to work here? What is your biggest accomplishment? What has been your biggest failure? Asked some canned questions about your personality to determine what type of personality you have, i.e. type A, B, etc.

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I want to work with the company because of their highly rated standard of records, so I wish to also be part of the company so as to maximize my hidden ability both in hospitality and otherwise. I believe in a say that quotes(customers satisfaction is our number one priority. Less

I want to learn and discover more in the front office dept

I would like to work for the company because of a new feeling in customer service and for a better future . Less

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Would I give up my current permanent, long time job for a temp position?

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Yes (and I did)



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Tell us about a time when you manager told you that you were not performing up to expectations.

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Resing my job

Next time I'm pickup

Next time I will perform at my level best

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Visions Personnel Services

tell me about your self

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Arshad Mehmood

I am from pakistan ,have valid passport also have heavy driving licence with 10 year experience Less

I am from Bangladesh, i am honest and most obedient, i am industrious and takecare your order. Less

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W. L. Gore & Associates

The interview questions were pretty average. Each person had questions written down but they didn't seem to be form questions. Average interview questions. The questions were not very technical

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Your first impressions and interview questions aren't the norm for this company. Interviewing is usually very long, technical, huge variety of questions from different functional areas. You will hear a lot about the "unique culture" there but it's changed a lot over the years. Just be careful if you're offered the "commitment" and make sure to get all your questions answered. Good Luck! Less

Looking for full time employment

Want a change in my career

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what is third field in /etc/shadow file?

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modified passwd date

it is use for user passwd...for login

Password changed last time, number of days from Jan 01, 1970

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G/O Digital

There were a lot of questions in relation to the inner workings of the files and file groups.

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Thanks for your inputs. I feel very confident about SQL Server questions with 9 + years of experience.My worry is about the 1 hour online analytical test which is part of the f2f. Did you had them and any inputs you have on how to prepare for same. Less

This was a pretty straight forward SQL test where you have to determine the output of some code or write some basic code based on table examples provide. There are a few pattern recognition questions as well. Less

Was this position for MSSQL or Mysql?

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what is that you do as a sec admin

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to prevent and protect the enterprise

I’m trying to get promoted always

Taking minutes of all meetings , keeping memos and all clerical activities

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Why would you like to work for Jacobs? Why this job?

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I would like to exchange experience and have new challenge.

I would like to work for the company because it has a lot of space to grow.

Interviewed 6 FAANG employees and got this:

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Why are manhole covers round?

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The answer they are undoubtedly looking for is because manholes are also round thus need round covers. It doesn't ask why they were designed to be round from an inventive stand point and makes no mention of why the holes themselves are round, just the covers. Its a test of your ability to use logic and reason and make sure that if they hired you that you would have a firm understanding of the "big picture". Thats my take on this anyway... Less

My guess is if you need to put it back or take it off you can roll it around rather than carry it or drag it Less

They aren't. In my house, there are 3, and they are all square or rectangular. I have been in a mine where the (round) manholes weren't covered with anything at all which was rather unsafe, and another where they were covered with a lattice to prevent things or people from falling into them. I haven't seen any round manhole cover yet. But I'm not a native English speaker and may not be getting the pun, someone please enlighten me what this stupid question means. Less

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