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Now let's get back to you. Uh, something where I wanna pull the guys in again here. Interview Q and A. So here are seven questions that we pulled up that we thought you might be into Asked during your network engineer interview. So we've got a couple that I've highlighted.
Of course, you could be reading these as I'm speaking. But number three, what safeguards do you couldn't in a network designed to limit data loss and data losses is so important nowadays, right? This is what we see where unethical hackers are looking to actually get data off of networks right and stealing information
and utilize it for their own game.
Additionally, question number six Can you walk me through your troubleshooting process when you aren't getting you expected performance out of your network configuration? This is gonna be an important piece.
Of course, you guys could go onto the web and research other questions that you may be asked during your interviews. And we do recommend that another piece that I wanted to talk with you guys about is the OS I model. So, Shane, I'm gonna ask you to start with this and see if there's something that you wanted to add regarding us I model. Or,
if there's another interview question that you've seen or heard
that a network in junior should be ready for.
Yeah, thanks, Gina. Uh, definitely a great list. And obviously again, this is an exhaustive list isn't an exhaustive list. It's just some some questions to get you thinking about what might potentially be asked in an interview.
Um, and a couple different network interviews I've had over the years I've actually had been asked twice. Thio,
uh, draw and explain the OS I model just so you can, uh,
display your ability to explain how networking works. So just given a blank sheet of paper and say draw the seven layers of us, I model and explain how
data travels through all seven layers. So that might be something good. Thio. Just make sure you're up to speed on and have the ability to, uh, trains that information to someone who might potentially be interviewing you. So be a great practice. Just again. Grab a white sheet of paper,
draw the seven layers of those I model and just make sure you have the ability to.
I have the ability to explain how how it communicates through those layers is a good example. Junior previously is, you know, regards Thio
network diagrams, you know, potentially having someone give you a network diagram and showing, you know, potential outage in one specific area. And you explained how you would troubleshoot it. So another good practice item for interview might be just, uh, you know, even to look on Google images for some basic rhythm or complex network diagrams.
And make sure you have ability to explain, You know what's happening
in that network diagram the different segments, different pieces. And then, you know, if there was an allergy, one specific area, you know, how would you go to the troubleshooting steps to not only fix it, but maybe some ideas of your own on how you would build up or done see that specific diagram to prevent that from happening Future?
Just just a couple of tricks you can use to practice per fire to going through an interview.
Beautiful. Yeah, Nice. So, Joe, I'll ask you next. Is there anything that you'd like to add to this list
s So I think this list in general is pretty solid where you're really going to see additions to it or or major changes is going to be for the specific cos you're applying to.
So, for example, AA AA lot of major companies are using Cisco networking devices. Those are still the most popular networking devices in the world.
Um, so when you go to interview, for example, like a. J. P. Morgan Stanley, um, you're going to see, uh,
questions about specific, you know, Cisco Devices. What do these error messages mean? What are you most likely to you
due to handle these problems? These questions, Most of the time they'll look like memorization questions. You know where they're asking, like this is your error message. What is it? You know? What is it me or what's the code for it
in reality, what they're usually looking for, there is how do you problem solved? So you know when you're looking this error message, if you're asking if you ask for more context, you know, what did the user do before this happened? What's her data we started on this machine? That's everything that's really going to say you aside from someone who just knows Oh, well, I memorize that error code, and it means this. And we're gonna do X
really being able to demonstrate how you problems all and how you go about
I'm fixing whatever it is. And then having you know, the knowledge as I talked about being in that sort of specific to whichever company you're looking to work with are gonna be key in any interview.
What if all thank you so much
and more.
Last but not least, anything that you wanted to add here.
No, I mean, I definitely like what change of said, especially the part with problem solving. I mean, that's That's one of the key things to being in technology and general is your ability to problem solve? And I think the better that you are at that, you know, the better chance you have of moving up through your career. Some of the other things to consider, too. With a lot of people that work remotely.
A lot of companies now we're using V P ends, you know,
and other remote access things
understanding, especially Francisco. I've seen on some of the entry level things, you know. So they're always throwing out what Oh SPF Explain the difference between us. I modeled the TCP I P model. Depending on you know which flavor that they want to ask you about. Just knowing the basics and truly understanding the basics,
and then you work your way up from there. But
most of the interviews I've been on has been kind of with what Joe was saying on problem solving is you know, sometimes answers aren't black and white, and depending on you know how you approach it.
That kind of shows that you have more level. Ah, more knowledge at an expert level. You know, I was on an interview for more of, ah, pen testing job. But it was one question that I mean, it ended up being like 90 questions over the course of an hour and 1/2. But it started off with you explain cybersecurity the macro level,
Um, and then we kind of just open from there
and then probably one that I don't know if everybody else has had it, but I typically get asked, What is your home network look like?
Just because I think a lot of us have
probably ridiculous networks at home. So, you know, that's always something to consider to you.
Yeah, sort of toe. Add to that. My favorite question that I received
I get in probably about half my interviews is what's the biggest personal project you've ever done? Not as part of a class or a job.
People are really looking see, like, are you actually passionate about this? Is that something you do at home? And and if so, you know, what sort of stuff do you go for? Wonderful, great information from all of you. Thank you so much. So now let's move to another peace within interviews. Interviews are two way street, and I always like to say this.
You guys have heard me say this before. I'm sure
you get the chance to interview the company that you're potentially going to work for as well. This is not just you sitting across the room from a hiring manager, recruiter or an HR person, and they just pepper you with questions and you don't get an opportunity to say anything. You should ask questions
not only for your own edification and knowledge and to figure out whether this is the right company for you, but it also can show the company that you're interested in them,
so you want to make sure that you're sharing that piece of yourself. This is not just all about technical skills and hard skills and soft skills, inserts and all of that. This is a dialogue that you're having when you're having an interview. So there's some questions here on the screen. A couple of them. I have a tele size
and I just want to point out you may want to ask the interview her, The person that's interviewing you. What is the most fulfilling, exciting, technically complex project that you've worked on here so far? It's obviously this would be a technical person that you would have be asking this out. If you're working with an HR person, a human resources person, you may not want obviously asked them that question.
But there are others that you could ask them as well,
and for the HR person will jump to number five. Perhaps you could ask the HR manager or
assistant that you're working with. You're interviewing with rather how do you see this position evolving in the next three years? You want to be thinking about your future. You want to be looking forward and seeing how this network engineering position may grow and change as you grow and change throughout your career. So
just a couple things to think about regarding the questions you can ask the company that you may be chatting with.
And another piece of like to mention is after the interview.
Always, always, always. If you're interested in the job, make sure that you let the interview now are the interview or no. Excuse me that you really want it. Now that you're interested in this position, if they don't know if you're interested, they may not make an offer and you don't want obviously miss that opportunity. Make sure your explicit and clear. Also,
I always liked image in this as well. You can follow up. You can send an email you could call
if obviously, that's an appropriate method to use with company that you're interviewing with. But make sure you're not stalking. No, you don't want to go crazy with your communications after an interview and really ham or somebody with a lot of emails, because I really could obviously be a turnoff to them. So
just a word of caution there.
So now I'm gonna jump into the big question, the salary mangers. So we put this information from a website called Pace Up,
and this is some data that we pulled up. I will mention to you that this is information that's based on a junior network engineer salary. But according to the conversations that we had prior to our webinar, all with mentors were talking these numbers that are listed here and obviously this is in U. S. Dollars
more reflective of what we're all seeing throughout the market.
So I wanted to just kind of bring that, um, this information up and have Shane talk a little bit about what you're seeing in the market with salary ranges.
Yeah, yeah, thanks, Gina. And I mean this. It's ah, lot of it's dependent on you know what level you would come in as ah, as ah, network engineer, network administrator. Obviously, these Sal arranges can definitely, very much just what lovely will come in. Obviously, the
industry in the company and the
location would would drastically very one of the one of the big things to help out a lot with
compensation is education and certifications. Some of those certifications we mentioned previously will
drastically help you to negotiate a different salary range.
But, you know, again, it's just getting into
the right company at the at the right level. Thio, uh, you know, to complement what you're looking for, and then you can you could build yourself up from there, but, uh, because we mentioned previously, there's, ah number different ways. You can
approach a networking career, whether it's ah company looking for a smaller company looking for
someone toe host their networking on site or even working for,
you know, a larger M S b r I S p looking for someone to host, you know, maybe even potentially a a global network. But again, there's a lot of different aspects to consider when looking at compensation. And and the
education experience and certifications will definitely help you out a lot with that. Beautiful. Thank you. Okay, great.
So now I just want to show you guys a couple of quick slides, and then we're gonna move into the participant Q today, so I'll get some questions that I can ask that have been asked of us throughout the presentation.
So we do have some. Resource is for job hunting, and we often times put in link dot, linked in on their this great place for you obviously have a presence and also be looking for work. Also, I was doing some research and making a career builder a little bit more closely. You know, that's a sight that was recommended
based on some information that I was looking at. And
in talking to some of my peers who also do this type of work, we have cybersex jobs and others unlisted there. We also do, of course, list USA Jobs Markets, a big proponent of that website. So we mentioned that.
And then there's a website at the bottom that's actually ah website. For those of you that might be located in India, you may want to check out that Web site if you don't already know it. And I think it's called knock, knock creep. But I'm not sure I'm pronouncing it correctly. So anyway, take a look at the sites when you get a chance.
And then, of course, we have just on list of resources that we used to create this presentation. In addition to the knowledge that would bring based on all of our experiences, we also of course, use the Sudbury website and other sites that are out there
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