Recently I have had the chance to interview candidates for roles in computing infrastructure. With this process now over I thought I would pull all of my notes, thoughts and interview questions together in one place. hopefully this will be useful to both employers and candidates. If you have any suggestions please leave a comment below.
What am I looking for?
Questions & Answers
The following questions are ones I have assembled over the interviews I have conducted. Most of them are general questions that may be asked in any type of interview.
- Why do you want this job?
What i am looking for here is some clues that the candidate has researched the company and what the company does. Also that the candidate has fully read the job specification
- What Subjects did you chose at university/Collage and what factors influenced your choice?
This should give a good understanding on what has lead the candidate to chose this particular role and the passion they may have towards the job.
- Talk me through a typical day and then a day where you have struggled?
This question is a very interesting one, the first part of the question the candidate will talk you through the their day. Key facts to lookout for here is
- Key responsibilities
- Daily Tasks
- Work ethic
The second part of the question will allow the candidate to showoff, and describe the situations they have been in where they have had to think quickly and come up with solutions. This does not matter if the solutions were successful or not.
- Describe a situation in which you led a Team/Project.
Depending on the level on with the candidate is. this will give you a good indication if they are able to become assertive with colleagues during a internal project. Sometimes the most difficult task in an office is to give your colleagues tasks to complete and the ability to follow them up.
- What do you expect to be doing in 5 years time?
This is an interesting question as the answer and expected answer will depend on position that is available for example if you are interviewing for 1st line support then you do not want to the answer to be “i want a job i can stick with” and if you are interviewing for a Systems Administrator then you don’t want to hear “i want to be working in system development, or moving in to project management”
All you can do is to do is have fun with this question.
- Can you remember a time where you have messed up?
This is one of my favorite questions. i usually start with a stupid mistake i have done in my carrier. The fact is everyone has one story and how the candidate handles the situation is everything!
- What has been your greatest achievement?
This does not have to be anything related to the job. it could be small or big as long as the candidate talks about it with a passion.
Do’s and Don’ts
Don’t be afraid to say you don’t know but then follow it up with i can find out and let you know. 9/10 times the person conducting the interview will say not to worry.
Be prepared to answer questions about your CV. – this is a simple one but i find a lot of candidate don’t remember the content of their own CV
Interviews are not a easy process for both sides. just remember as long as you are clear confident and passionate it comes across to the person interviewing you.
I Will be happy to answer any questions you may have just drop me a message.