Network Engineer Interview Questions (With Example Answers)
When you’re interviewing for a network engineering position, it’s important that you come prepared.
You work in a high-demand, technical field that companies heavily rely on. They’re going to want to make sure that they’ll be able to trust you and your expertise if they hire you, so interviewers are likely to ask you a wide variety of questions.
While you can never be completely prepared for every interview question, practicing your answers to some of the most common ones is a great way to help get yourself into the right frame of mind and have some idea of what you want to say.
In this article, you’ll find 27 common interview questions with sample answers that you can use to practice with. It’s also a good idea to review the more technical aspects of your field so that you’ll be prepared for those questions when they come your way as well.
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50+ most common job interview questions
This question seems simple, so many people fail to prepare for it, but it’s crucial. Heres the deal: Don’t give your complete employment (or personal) history. Instead, give a pitch—one that’s concise and compelling and that shows exactly why you’re the right fit for the job. Muse writer and MIT career counselor Lily Zhang recommends using a present, past, future formula. Talk a little bit about your current role (including the scope and perhaps one big accomplishment), then give some background as to how you got there and experience you have that’s relevant. Finally, segue into why you want—and would be perfect for—this role.
4 What are your salary expectations?
The number one rule of answering this question is: Figure out your salary requirements ahead of time. Do your research on what similar roles pay by using sites like PayScale and reaching out to your network. Be sure to take your experience, education, skills, and personal needs into account, too! From there, Muse career coach Jennifer Fink suggests choosing from one of three strategies:
(And here’s some more info on responding to a question about your salary requirements on an application form.)
Possible answer to “What should I know that’s not on your resume?”
“Well, one thing you won’t find on my resume: the time I had to administer emergency CPR. Last year, I was at the lake when I saw a young girl who looked like she was drowning. I was a lifeguard in high school, so I swam out, brought her to shore, and gave her CPR. Although this was—hopefully—a one-time event, I’ve always been able to stay calm during stressful situations, figure out a solution, and then act. As your account manager, I’d use this trait to quickly and effectively resolve issues both within the team and externally. After all, obstacles are inevitable, especially in a startup environment. And if anyone needs CPR at the office beach party, well, I’m your woman.”