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Sample Job Interview Questions for Information Technology (IT) and Systems Jobs

This article contains a sample of the types of questions you will encounter in Information Technology (IT) and Systems Job Interviews. It covers positions such as: Help Desk and IT Support, Systems Administrator, Analyst, Developer, Software Engineer, Programmer, IT Manager and Head of IT.

You will find that many employers are now using Competency Based Interviewing techniques when recruiting for I.T. jobs. You should expect both Competency Based and Behavioural Questions exploring key skills such as:

  • Excellent Technical Skills
  • Good understanding of a commercial environment
  • Problem Solving
  • Team Working
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Ability to deliver against detailed technical specifications

For Senior IT appointments positions, you should expect questions exploring:

  • Your ability to build and motivate a team
  • Your ability to deliver and manage change projects
  • Strong commercial and sector awareness
  • Your ability to manage a large department
  • Your skills and experience with the development of IT strategy

For each of the above you should expect 3-4 questions along with standard questions exploring your Training and Qualifications, Skills and Experience, and Personality and Motivation.

Sample Interview Questions For IT Interviews

Here is a sample of interview questions for a variety of IT roles. How would you answer?

Interview Question 1: ‘Explain to us what local area networks and wide area networks are, and how, if at all, they are related.‘Interview Question 2: ‘As a 2nd line support agent, what criteria would you use when deciding to escalate a call to higher level support?

Interview Question 3: ‘We are looking for a skilled developer to liaise directly with clients and work on new code modules, system enhancements and solve functional and performance issues in products. Do you see this as being a challenge for you?

Interview Question 4: ‘Imagine you are a couple of months into a 6 month project and it is about to overrun on costs. How would you deal with this most effectively, what steps would you take?

Interview Question 5: ‘Describe a time when you used your skills to persuade a manager or colleague to accept your recommendations.

Interview Question 6: ‘We are looking for a Head of IT who has a strong knowledge of and expertise in the implementation of performance management techniques in a telecoms environment. Tell me more about your experience in this area.’

* Questions taken from the InterviewGold Interview System.

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