The Packet Pushers take a break from tech to share perspectives on interviewing for a job. The job interview can be a nerve-wracking experience. They talk about how to prepare and discuss what an interviewer is really thinking.
Greg and Ethan are joined by Keith McGlon, a network engineer at a service provider; and Joseph Warren, a recruiter with 15 years’ experience. They discuss the importance of preparation, including researching the company where you’re interviewing. It’s very helpful to understand the company’s business, its history, and its direction.
They also talk about interview questions, both technical and non-technical, and offer preparation tips.
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Research The Company
- Check sources such as Linkedin and Glassdoor
- Know the company insights, history, direction, what do they do, how you fit, stock news if it applies. Expand on tech profile from job description
Research The Interviewer
- Sources: Linkedin/Facebook/Git
- Where have they worked?
- How long do they tend to stay at a position?
- Where did they study?
- Where are they from?
Research The Position
- Source: Glassdoor
- Know what others say about this position title
- Find differences and bring these up as questions to clarify this position
- Google/Youtube/blogs: find things that you need to brush up on or get familiar with
- Get an idea of what other companies with same job title might hit you with
- Build study list
- Brush up on things you haven’t seen/worked with in awhile
- Packet Pushers.net
- CCIE Routing and Switching Quick Review Kit
- Survey the target, make sure you know where you are going, drive by if possible
- Review your study notes, check recent company news
- Buy something new–shirt, suit, watch, notebook, pen, ANYTHING. It balances nerves and adds confidence
- Relax! It’s just one chance of many chances you will create
- Be early and plan for one hurdle
- Take it easy on the fluids
- Be polite, professional, and attentive to EVERYONE, including the receptionist
14 Revealing Interview Questions – Inc. Magazine
Google Network Engineer Salaries – Glassdoor
4 Must-Ask Interview Questions For Network Engineers – Ethan Banks, Network Computing
Keith McGlon on Twitter: @kwmcglon