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System Administrator Sample Job Interview Questions


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Many candidates I have interviewed were strong in Windows but in Linux. Describe your experience with installing and administering applications on Linux.

How do you avoid mistakes when writing and review UNIX shell scripts?

In this job you will need to add and maintain virtualization infrastructure using VMware. What do you find most challenging with this technology. Why?

What do you know about administering servers and correcting problems with configuration files?

What do most new staff forget to do when maintaining the security and integrity of the network and systems?

Part of this job is providing training to additional team members. In your view, what is the most important aspect of training? Why?

Tell me a bit more about your background with providing regular status updates on projects, including identifying any technical risks.

A prime role for this poisiton is participating in the further planning, build out, and maintenance of disaster recovery implementation. How do you ensure success with this kind of work?

What strategies have you used to communicate superiors’ major new directives to employees? Which strategies have worked and which have not? Tell me about a specific example.

What do you like best about a leadership position as a System Administrator? Why?

What are some of the most important reports you have written? How difficult were they to write? Why? What reactions did they get?

Tell me about a time when you had to review detailed reports or documents to identify a problem.

What qualities do you think make a great System Administrator?


What decisions have you delegated to your employees? Tell me about one or two of these decisions.

Tell me about a time when the work load was very heavy related to configuring and supporting production systems and analyzing problems. How did you maintain production in our job as System Administrator?