Joseph Leibu
about 1 year ago
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Have trouble answering specifically topic oriented IT technical questions during interviews

I have been recently laid off from an IT Managed Service provider after working for them for close to 6 years. My position with them consisted of being a: ield/Onsite/Remote Advanced Technology Support Specialist. Basically while in the field I replaced hardware computer and server and POS parts (at retail locations). While performing tech support onsite at various companies and organizations, I dealt with computer upgrades, performed data back up and migration and was the general onsite computer support person. So I'm starting to Interview now and when I get to interviews that ask me specific technical questions on a variety of topics, I always don't know if I have answered correctly or if I have given the interviewer the answer they are looking for. I always try to say if I don't know an answer to something, I will try my hardest to inquire and come up with an answer if I don't have it. Additionally, if I get the Interview through a recruiting or consulting company, I always seem to be asked more specific technical questions pertaining to a specific program or situation rather than just a broad question that encompasses something more general. Or the question may be am I apply to the wrong type of positions? Generally what I liked to do when applying to positions is look at the Required skills. If its in general what I think I would know what to do, I go on to job qualifications, if I meet them I apply. Any thoughts or opinions would be greatly appreciated. Just an F.Y.I I do have my Bach of Science in Computer Information Systems with a number of technical certifications and years of on the job training

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Laila Nashat
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You've identified a couple of things you can change already, it may just be a matter of making those changes and seeing how they impact your success. One change you mentioned is that you may need to apply to different jobs than the ones you're applying for currently. You also mentioned that perhaps you're not answering these questions to the satisfaction of your interviewers and you just don't know! I would try this:

After you've answered a technical question, try to prompt the interviewer to express an opinion on it. You may be tempted to simply ask, "Was that right?" I would stay away from that, however, and be more subtle. You might finish up an explanation of the steps you would take in a specific process and then, once finished, ask the interviewer how they might go about doing that process. The more you can get an interviewer to respond to what you just said, the better your gauge will be of how you're doing.

So my advice would be this: Try to experiment with the types of jobs in your field you're applying for and do your best (when interviewing) to ask questions and prompt the interviewer to contribute to the conversation. The best kind of interview should feel like a conversation, not an interrogation.

Keep us updated and hope these changes help you!

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Robert Garner, Jr.
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Joseph, I think you're doing the right thing. Check the requirements of the job first, before applying. If you're very confident with your credentials that clearly matches what their requirements are for that particular position and role then apply. Otherwise, skip it and move on to another opportunity. One thing you don't want to do is apply for an opportunity that you don't have the proper skills set for.

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josh Flores
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Ziprecruitor ... For the time being... I'm telling u..I got a call the next day... There's options...be a waiter till u find ur dream job.. it's fast cash plus u can work on ur people skills...stop being lazt

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