So you’ve been asked to help hire your company or org’s next NetOps specialist. What do you ask in the interview?
Naturally, the answer to this question will vary based on the individual. There are always some solid conversation-starting, breaking-the-ice questions that we assume you already know to ask. But what specific NetOps Specialist interview questions are tried-and-true in the industry?
You should always carefully consider the individual and their work/extracurricular history before formulating a full list of questions to ask. But your prep time is limited and today is the day. What should you ask?
We’ve reached out to our IT, CIO, and other contacts to conglomerate a list of web administrator interview questions and hope you will find some of them useful in your search for the perfect candidate.
Basic Netops Specialist interview questions
Tell us about your experience with Azure & Sharepoint
- This establishes at least a base-level understanding of two of the most critical applications someone in this position would use.
Have you used loopback addresses in your prior work experiences? To what extend did you use them?
- If they’ll be testing network apps and dealing with data packets, they ought to demonstrate great confidence with this topic.
What is the minimum amount of drives needed to create a Raid 5 array?
- The correct answer is 3.
More in-depth experience questions
Walk me through a time when you solved a problem over the phone
- Phone troubleshooting will likely be a skill required for a job, so it’s important to assess their comfort level in doing so.
When was the last time you found a product or app which met a technical need and why did you choose it?
- This should further demonstrate critical thinking and a sense of the candidate being in-touch with modern solutions to network problems.
What is your method for staying in-the-know about patches, viruses, updates, etc. and has this prepwork ever proved beneficial to your previous position(s)?
- This is a good question to ask immediately following the previous question because it further explores the candidate’s habits for staying ahead of threats or problems.
How do you organize documentation?
- How organized are they with their work?
What have you done in the past to maintain a network’s speed?
- You can’t risk slow networks. Do they have a plan for this?
A few more good ones to ask
- How do you vet new network equipment? Have you taken part in adoption or decision-making before?
- If a host computer can’t be reached over the local network but can be reached with an IP address, what is likely the problem?
- Tell us about your experience with trunking
- Why use subnetting?
- What is your vision for how the networking team should interact with the rest of IT, and vice versa?
- What is a subnet mask and why is it used?