Re: Interview Question Prep

  • From: "David V. Dellanno" <ddellanno@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "[ExchangeList]" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 6 May 2003 14:12:57 -0400

Well, good news!
        First phase of the interview was good enough for a second
interview this Thursday.  I will take your advise and thank you everyone
for helping me out.

-----Original Message-----
From: John Tolmachoff (Lists) [mailto:johnlist@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2003 10:14 AM
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Subject: [exchangelist] Re: Interview Question Prep


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Always remember, be honest. Take deep breaths and think.

If you have done labs, explain those if the opportunity arises.

If you have set up a lab at home or somewhere at some time, explain
that. It shows intuition. Explain what you were trying to test or
accomplish, and if it worked or if you found problems, and then resolved
them.

Good Luck.

John Tolmachoff MCSE CSSA
Engineer/Consultant
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: David V. Dellanno [mailto:ddellanno@xxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2003 2:12 AM
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> Thanks Mark,
>       This information if very valuable to me, I am preparing for an 
> interview with 'E*Trade' today and 'The Home Depot' end of this week,
> and that is exactly what I am think that they will say to me.   Thank
> you very much!!!
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Shevill, Mark M SITI-ITDCE22 [mailto:Mark.Shevill@xxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2003 4:45 AM
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> Subject: [exchangelist] Re: Interview Question Prep
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> 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
> 
> Tel: +44 161 435 8709 Fax: +44 161 933 3502 Other Tel: +44 7932 625510
> Email: Mark.Shevill@xxxxxxxxx
> Internet: http://www.shell.com
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: David V. Dellanno [mailto:ddellanno@xxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: 06 May 2003 09:25
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> 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
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> 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
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