Setting up a technical test for a candidate.

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Hi guys

I'm working on putting together a technical test to help a colleague in another country in their recruiting process. The candidate claims to have had 9+ years working in Microsoft environment based system administration, maintenance, troubleshooting and support of data centers. This in itself is rather vague. They do claim to have had Level 1, 2 and 3 support in a Windows server environment during the 7years of their tenure.

I've got around 15-20 questions set up already. I was going to ask if it was possible for some of you to throw some technical questions around Active Directory, DNS, DHCP and SAN's. I know this isn't specific to any particular topic which makes it harder. But if you can think of any questions that I could perhaps ask them, then I'll review it. Any help would be great.

Thanks for helping
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I would just set up a generic Windows install (server or workstation), perhaps running in VM workstation or something like that. Break it (maybe read some questions here to find a good one and reverse engineer the problem) and give it to the candidate to fix.

Depending on the problem, checking that their troubleshooting process is good may be more important than finding the actual solution.


Thanks Brian. That's what I usually do yes when I am on site as it permits us to see how they troubleshoot and their logic, rather than the correct answer.
Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology Professional

So maybe you could use a remote desktop tool to watch what they do remotely.

Anyway as for questions... try and find some sample Microsoft Exam questions and use those as well.
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Sample questions:
1. How to setup ADFS
2. Steps to update the AD schema
3. Build a remote AD server/site and sync it with PDC
3. How to check the AD health condition
4. How to build a DHCP failover solution....

Just use your daily tasks and turn them into questions :-)
Install some of M$'s broken patches in a test system and let then figure out why things are effing up.
That's about as real world as it gets these days.

Have them edit a login script to map drives based on group member ship.

Set up a NIC's duplex to manual full and connect it to an auto duplex switch and ask why is the network so slow?
I'd create a test environment and let a regular user have fun with admin's privileges. Mean but tests if an admin has hands-on experience like nothing else.

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