Re: Interview Question Prep

  • From: "Shevill, Mark M SITI-ITDCE22" <Mark.Shevill@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "[ExchangeList]" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 6 May 2003 09:45:07 +0100

If you are going to a really big company then the chances are that they will 
have seperate AD and E2K teams. So the knowledge is dependant upon the 
position. The chances are that you will be required to know a bit about one and 
specialise in the other. Knowledge of both is imperative. I do a lot of 
interviewing for Shell. Its the 5th largest company in the World and we have 
over 189,000 entries in the GAL. So they don't come much bigger. When I 
interview for exchange I look for two things. First is knowledge and second is 
analytical skills. Besides that there is also the obvious about how you would 
fit into a team and cope with the pressure. 

As for AD I don't really ask many questions. I would ask the obvious ones to 
ensure you have an understanding. FSMO roles etc.

What I do do and this is what sorts the men from the boys is that I ask 
scenario based questions. It ensures that you get good people rather than 
people who are just paper MCSE's. For example I would ask:

        What happens if a user can't get into the mailbox?   You answer and I 
cross examine  --  Its an open ended question with no right and wrong answer so 
you need to be able to discuss. 
Next comes:
        What if the whole Site or admin group can't get into their mailboxes?  
Different answers from the first one

Then Comes:
        What is the entire Org is down. The CEO is on the phone, the business 
is losing a million dollars per hour you are the first one in there is no-one 
to turn to. The phone is ringing and people are going mad. 


So from this it would depend firstly how you analysed the question, second your 
approach, (can you think laterally as well as literally) then is gets out the 
amount of knowledge you have and common problems that you could experience. 
Then comes the pressure part and see how you cope with handling it in a  large 
scale environment. 

All in all, if I thought you had the capacity to learn, excellent analytical 
and logical thinking skills and the ability to handle presseue, then to me the 
knowledge would come second. 

But at the end of the day it depends on who you have interviewing you and what 
weight the decision maker puts on the skills you have.  


Mark Shevill
IMG Messaging Technical Lead
Shell Information Technology International Limited
Rowlandsway, Wythenshawe, Manchester M22 5SB, United Kingdom

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-----Original Message-----
From: David V. Dellanno [mailto:ddellanno@xxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: 06 May 2003 09:25
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] Re: Interview Question Prep


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Thanks Brian,
        I'm so glad you mention AD first, that's how I feel too.  I am
very comfortable with AD and have some good lab experience on sites and
creating bridgeheads but the real world experience is my real fear that
the interviewer would probably detect the first five minutes of
interview.  Thanks for the the input, it helps that I'm on the right
track.

-----Original Message-----
From: Brian Harris [mailto:bharris@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2003 3:50 AM
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] Re: Interview Question Prep


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David,

I would get your head around the AD side first.  Most Sys Admin guys
want to get the AD side nutted out first.  If you can show knowledge on
Multiple Trees, domains and sites etc, the exchange part becomes far
easier to understand.

As you know with your experience Exchange it is reliant on AD for its
objects and if you are clear on how AD replicates and best practice
designs,  then you can start to look at the exchange sites, back-end,
front-end and bridgeheads and all that wonderful stuff.  

That's how I increased my knowledge and seem to be fairly happy with
larger installs now..

Cheers

Brian

>>> ddellanno@xxxxxxxxxx 6/05/2003 5:00:55 pm >>>
Hi everyone,
    For the past three years I have been exposed to Exchange 2000 &
Windows 2000 and had the pleasure to manage it in many small businesses.
The environments that I have experienced in are only a single domain,
single forest, single exchange server.  I guess this also goes without
saying that the active directory which has not been utilized to its full
functionality since there were no demand at the time to scale to
multiple sites that I had work for.  My question to you guys, how do I
spin my experience in such a limited environment to excite the big
companies in the industry that have larger scale environments? and what
can I say to them if they ask about replication experience or other
features of exchange that I have not yet been exposed to only because of
the limited demand of the environment?  I would never mislead anyone of
my experience but I would like to know how to go about this in an
interview?   Many thanks for your input.
 
Regards,
  _____  

David V. Dellanno - MCSE, MCP+I, MCP
MSDEMO Consultants
Williams Place
2564 Bridgewood Lane
Snellville, Georgia 30078 USA
(770) 736-8794 (Office)
msdemo.net <http://msdemo.net/> 
 
 

 

 

 


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