[nSLUG] Interview questions
billdavidson at eastlink.ca
Tue Oct 23 00:12:49 ADT 2007
Thanks to all who contributed to this thread, it was useful and mostly
confirmed the kinds of things I was thinking about.
For those who inquired about the position, I can say this: I know there
are 7 positions. At this time I am aware of 2 scheduled interviews, but
there are probably more (the technical parts are being split between me
and another guy, so if I am scheduled for 2 he probably is as well).
The hiring firm is Keane (www.keane.com). I don't know which position
listed on their web site corresponds to this job. I was told that it is
a Level 2 team that is expanding, and among their new responsibilities
will be managing powerdowns and server builds. The engagement is
probably with a large multi-national financial company.
Here are at least some of the requirements that were sent to the
recruiters, which may not correspond to what appears in recruitment ads:
Role Description: Strong Unix/Linux Systems Administrator with
high potential and drive to learn. This is a position in a team
of skilled and dynamic individuals for support of a 24x7 global
A candidate should be able to learn on the job and demonstrate
the desire to grow beyond core sys admin skills. We are looking
for someone with a passion for technology who is capable of
innovative thinking and the ability to break down and dig into
the details of problems.
Exp Must Have/ Desired /Ideal Skills
Strong Solaris and/or Linux core operating system
administration. (Transition from other Unix flavors may be
Strong communication and problem-solving skills
Ability to work in a team
Performance analysis and tuning, Kernel tuning
Veritas Volume Manager or experience with other forms of logical
volume management is a strong .
Experience with some form of High Availability or Clustering,
with Veritas Cluster Server being the preferred
Experience dealing with end-user troubleshooting requests
Experience coding scripts from scratch with Perl, shell or some
other scripting language
Experience working for a financial/Wall Street firm.
Don't be intimidated by any product names or buzzwords. The first two
lines above are probably the only important ones. If the position
involves the engagement that I think it does, then it is a unique
environment and everyone who works there knows it, and knows that nobody
outside that firm would have experience with their particular product
I se one position listed on the Keane web site as "Level 2 UNIX
Support", so that may be this one, or it might be the one labeled "UNIX
Administrator". Either way, it's a good environment in which to work
and I would encourage any of you who are shopping to get a resume in
there. If I can get more details about this particular position I will
post them here.
On Mon, 2007-10-22 at 20:44 -0300, Jon wrote:
> I can't remember who started this thread, but I've really enjoyed it.
> When this thread came across my inbox I thought I would be treated to an
> endless stream of *nix minutia. I'm very pleased to see that the bulk of
> the responses focus on problem solving and aptitude rather than arcane
> knowledge of *nix tools.
> This thread has been instrumental in forming my favourable neophyte
> impression of the nSlug.
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