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Hi Guys,

It's been a while since I've posted here, but I'l cut right to the chase.

I've recently gotten an interview at a firm in my town for an IT Management position. Now, I'm very keen on networking, and have been for some years. I've learned a lot about it on my own time, but besides school, where I go for ComputerTechnology, I've never been able to have my own little network to manage and control. Basically, so many of the things I've learned or read have never been implemented by myself, so it's arbitrary information, my skills are not honed with practice.

Naturally, I'm very nervous. The job's basically going to entail suggesting and improving the network's layout and design (which I have yet to learn about this specific companies map). It will also entail work with SQL (duh), lots of corporate versions of programs, antivirus, firewalls, etc, minor scripting, general troubleshooting, VNCs, RDPs, VPNs, etc. Standard duties.

I'm simply wanting to hear from some people who have experience in the field. What was your first interview like? What should I expect to be asked? I'm veeeery capable of doing this job, and in fact, it's been my dream for years. Anyone have suggestions overall?

I really look forward to hearing your responses. Thanks folks.
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Congrats on the interview. I hope it goes well for you.

Im not sure what the normal interview process is in the US but in NZ they often use the star model. Situation, Task, Action Result. Read the position description very carefully and have a few examples that cover off the key competencies. Its important you demonstrate you understand the job.

Practice your interview. Practice again. You should be confident and relaxed without being too casual. A bit of nervousness is fine. A good interviewer will start off with a few personal/casual questions to relax you a little.

Dress well. If this is a leadership position then a good fitting suit is a must. If not, a good fitting suit is a must. (you'd be surprised how many people turn up looking like a slob)

If you are light on skills or other aspects of the job, dont be evasive or worse, lie or embellish. Be straight up that you dont have experience in a particular aspect and point out other attributes that you believe will make up for it.

Have a couple or three questions of your own to ask. THey usually let you do that later in the interview. Its taken as a sign that you are interested enough to give it some thought.

Let your personality come through. keep eye contact, and remember to smile. That can very often make the difference, even if you are a bit short on skills or qualifications.

Learn all you can about the business. Show that you understand them. Absolutely remember the interviewers names when they introduce themselves.

When you leave address each one indivually by name and thank them. Leave your ohone off in the interview.

Soft skills are also important. Team player, easy going, leadership etc.

Hope goes well. Let us know.
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