Let’s say you’re part of a team of coworkers who have to interview Technical Specialist candidates. What interview questions would you ask them?
Naturally, the answer to this question will vary based on the individual. There are always those same solid conversation-starting, breaking-the-ice questions that we assume you already know to ask.
But what specific Technical 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 Technical Specialist interview questions
How do you go about planning and organizing your projects?
- Catch them a little off-guard by asking this first… they may demonstrate everything you need to know about them with this one question
What is the best way to make sure your company is compliant with any regulations affecting it?
- They may not have an immediate answer for this, but consider them top-of-the-crop if they do
What programming languages and areas of expertise do you possess?
- Does their answer match up with the types of assets your company or org deals in regularly?
More in-depth experience questions
Tell me about your toughest customer experience, what made it difficult, and how you dealt with it
- They’re probably expecting you to ask something like this, but what they might not have expected was for you to ask them about their most difficult experience – this will give you an idea of what kind of high-stakes problem-solver they are
Tell me about a programming project you’re particularly proud of and why
- A lenient, yet telling question about their experience with computer programming
Let’s talk disaster recovery: when was the last time you recovered data, how did you do it, and would you do anything differently next time?
- That last part of the question is critical. Most people have a piece of advice they’d love to jump back in time and give to themselves before bad things happen
What have you done for your prior team(s) that you feel changed the landscape for the better?
- Try to suss out what they’ve done to expand their presence or if they’re in fact able to see beyond their day-to-day tasks
A few more good ones to ask
- How do you determine whether or not your company needs to replace a piece of equipment?
- Have you trained others? On what systems, and what made you a good teacher?
- Pretend I’m a tech-confused & tech-illiterate client with a [your org-specific] problem – how would you help me?
- How did you get into technical support?
- What are some of your most- and least-favorite technology products?
- How do you handle language barriers when helping clients?