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I remember i was given a 10min test right before an interview. The test involved; reading, writing and basic math. I handed them the test with out even looking at it and walked out. Im guessing they havent read my resume where it clearly states that i have a Masters from Univ with 6 years of experience.

Point is, expect anything. And if you havent done anything they require you do to, then dont even bother going to an interview.

I would agree with this.

IT is a BIG field, especially if you are just getting into it. So be very careful of overstating your ability.
Ive turned down salaried IT positions because they "heard from a former client of mine that I was really good on a contract I did" and they want me.
In all of them I read over the requirements, and I knew that even though I could learn everything I needed to on the job, I couldn't in good conscience go into a position where stability and up-time were my job with anything less than the ability to deliver that from day 1.

Building a computer and being an enthusiast is a completely different world from doing cable drops and building networks, which is completely different from enterprise or educational IT.
Never mistake being an enthusiast with being good in IT.

Im not saying dont take the job.
Just...make sure you know all of the basics before you walk in ready to accept an offer if they give it to you.

Back on Topic:
Outlook Admin, Active Directory, And everything else previously mentioned will be helpful.
Also, grab an A+ and N+ study guide and start reading.
You dont necissarily need the certification(i do just fine without it), but having some formal training/education in the basics never hurts.

I especially recommend reading up on N+ for any kind of network with more than about a dozen computers or multiple subnets, as it will help you understand things a HUGE amount, even if it isnt required.
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practical and funtionality questions. What is the purpose and function of "_____" ? and had a BASIC practical of sorting laptop screws and assembly of a bare lappy chassis. job was for a repair tech at laptop repair warehouse. good luck!!! thumb.gif
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post #13 of 16
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I would agree with this.

IT is a BIG field, especially if you are just getting into it. So be very careful of overstating your ability.
Ive turned down salaried IT positions because they "heard from a former client of mine that I was really good on a contract I did" and they want me.
In all of them I read over the requirements, and I knew that even though I could learn everything I needed to on the job, I couldn't in good conscience go into a position where stability and up-time were my job with anything less than the ability to deliver that from day 1.

Building a computer and being an enthusiast is a completely different world from doing cable drops and building networks, which is completely different from enterprise or educational IT.
Never mistake being an enthusiast with being good in IT.

Im not saying dont take the job.
Just...make sure you know all of the basics before you walk in ready to accept an offer if they give it to you.

Back on Topic:
Outlook Admin, Active Directory, And everything else previously mentioned will be helpful.
Also, grab an A+ and N+ study guide and start reading.
You dont necissarily need the certification(i do just fine without it), but having some formal training/education in the basics never hurts.

I especially recommend reading up on N+ for any kind of network with more than about a dozen computers or multiple subnets, as it will help you understand things a HUGE amount, even if it isnt required.


So true.

If you take the job, and the next day the entire system goes down, then you should be able to get everything working with in few hours. But if you going to spend two days on forums asking simple questions to which you should know answers to, then you dont belong in this position.

And every IT job requires you to have some kind of education and certification. Other wise they wont hire you at all.

OP, you need to contact them and ask them about education and certification that the position requires you to have.
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In all of them I read over the requirements, and I knew that even though I could learn everything I needed to on the job, I couldn't in good conscience go into a position where stability and up-time were my job with anything less than the ability to deliver that from day 1.

You may be cheating yourself out of a good job by turning those roles down. There are two things about IT that I have learned by being hired and helping with the hiring process inside a company.

1: Requirements are mostly garbage. They are usually written up by the human resources department that have no idea about the job role and they add so many required skills (most of which don't even apply to the position) that no IT person on the planet has all of them.

2: No company that has been in operation for a long while or that is a fairly large company would ever rely on someone they hired 2 days ago to keep their business running.

Even if your job requires production support (like mine), you will still be trained even if you have been in the industry 20 years. I wasn't in the on-call rotation for 8-10 months until I learned everything. Coming from a hiring perspective, I would much rather have a 2 year IT person that can learn fast than a 10 year IT person that can't.
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You should ask them what you should know if you expect to do well on the written and practical tests, they will usually tell you.
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You may be cheating yourself out of a good job by turning those roles down. There are two things about IT that I have learned by being hired and helping with the hiring process inside a company.

1: Requirements are mostly garbage. They are usually written up by the human resources department that have no idea about the job role and they add so many required skills (most of which don't even apply to the position) that no IT person on the planet has all of them.

2: No company that has been in operation for a long while or that is a fairly large company would ever rely on someone they hired 2 days ago to keep their business running.

Even if your job requires production support (like mine), you will still be trained even if you have been in the industry 20 years. I wasn't in the on-call rotation for 8-10 months until I learned everything. Coming from a hiring perspective, I would much rather have a 2 year IT person that can learn fast than a 10 year IT person that can't.

I was going to say this as well, in no job ever, do you get hired for a job without a basic introduction to the company, your access level, your credentials, where the bathroom is tongue.gif, which employees or supervisors you respond to and then expected to drop right in.
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