Let’s do something fun by looking at example IT interview questions. This is a collection of questions I’ve been asked, as well as questions that I prepare an answer for.
If it seems like there are a lot of potential questions to prepare for, well… there is.
The good news is there are groups that are similar and groups that ultimately position you in a certain way by answering them in a top level manner. Not to mention, you want to bend your answers to get your narrative across anyways, without being a sleazy politician.
Example IT Interview Questions
General Job Interest
Why do you want this job?
How does your experience prepare you for this role?
What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
Tell me about yourself. What’s something interesting that we wouldn’t guess about you?
What do you know about this organization? Why do you want to work here?
Based on what you know about us, who do you recommend we partner with?
Why this industry? What keeps you going?
What makes you the best candidate for this position?
General Employee Competence
Name a time when you provided excellent customer service.
Do you like to work in groups? What happens if there is someone difficult to work with?
Name a time when I built a professional relationship with a person you had a conflict with.
What is a feedback loop and what do you do to check to see if there is one?
Problem Solving Skills
Tell me about a time when you failed. How did you deal with it? What did you learn from it? What would you do differently knowing what you know now?
Name a time when you made a big mistake. How did you fix it?
Name a time when you had to take the initiative to solve a problem.
How do you typically identify problems and how you get them solved? Do you try to solve all of them yourself?
What are the solutions to problems you are most proud of?
Name a time when you had to deliver constructive feedback. How did the recipient take it?
Name a time when you had to use active listening.
Give an example of when you had to present complex information in a simplified manner in order to explain it to others.
Please describe your experience configuring, troubleshooting, and tuning of [technology].
What is [current threat or attack in news]? What steps will you take to protect our systems?
In general be prepared to talk about whatever you’re supposed to be an expert in.
There are quite a bit topics to cover. I recommend you prepare specific answers for 25 questions or so, and come up with a general narrative you want to get across.
Make sure you provide examples and be able to talk about your experience as it relates to how you can help solve their problems.
Make sure you PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!
What other questions have you been asked? What else is missing? How well did you do with some of these questions? Which ones do you love or hate? Which ones caught you off guard? How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop? How many questions can I ask consecutively before you have the urge to commit violence against me?
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