IT job hiring and getting the job! HELP!

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Grave_Digger

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So I got hired three months ago at a hospital where I volunteered last years (2009) summer at their IT dept. and loved what the techs duties and the feel of the job environment!

I dont work at the IT dept. now I work in the OR as a surgical service assistant and need to work at this department for six months to move on to another dept.


So my question is for those who have gotten hired and work for IT:

What question do they ask you at the interview?
What did you put on your resume?
Certificates? or Experience?

As for those who do the hiring:

What was it about the Tech that tolled you there the right person for the job?
What things do you look for?
What made you automatically pass off a person?
 

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What question do they ask you at the interview?
They ask about experience, and generally put you in a situation where x, y, and z are given, how do you solve for a? Basic questions to test your knowledge, experience, and troubleshooting abilities.

What did you put on your resume?
Work experience......and certs, to start with. After that, just study as much as you can and continue to upgrade your resume.

Certificates? or Experience?
Both. Certs to get you in the door, and experience to move up the ladder. There is nothing that trumps experience; I frequently tell people that you can give someone a manual on how to fly an F-15, let them read that for a decade, and then turn them loose, and see how long it takes them to plow a billion dollar hole in the ground.
 

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^^^I dont have any certificates at the moment to be honest.

also am going to be applying for a help desk at my hospital what questions can come form that?

also I think am going to go back and volunteer at a hospital and at their IT dept.
 

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be sure to emphasize that you've done IT work on a volunteer basis. Starting out at a helpdesk is a great idea; you get the spectrum of weird issues coming through the door that way.
 

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be sure to emphasize that you've done IT work on a volunteer basis. Starting out at a helpdesk is a great idea; you get the spectrum of weird issues coming through the door that way.
what question would they ask regarding the position?
 

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well, 'have you had any experience' is probably the first one. If you can get past that, basic troubleshooting questions. I remember I was asked how to migrate a user-profile that was on a domain; there's quite a few different answers to that one, dependent upon OS and a zillion other variables, so I just gave them a couple options and then shut up.

Again, it's all about experience. If you are comfortable working with/on computers, you shouldn't have any issues selling yourself. There are tons of online tutorials for stuff like the A+/Net+ certs, which are the entry level ones you need to start to get to the higher level certs.

But the main thing is experience. I sort of fibbed my way into my first job, but I'd been tinkering with computers for about 20 years prior to taking a job in the IT industry. As a result of that, the one job I had that wasn't for a huge company I was the default IT guy, and I got a ton of experience there.
 

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well, 'have you had any experience' is probably the first one. If you can get past that, basic troubleshooting questions. I remember I was asked how to migrate a user-profile that was on a domain; there's quite a few different answers to that one, dependent upon OS and a zillion other variables, so I just gave them a couple options and then shut up.

Again, it's all about experience. If you are comfortable working with/on computers, you shouldn't have any issues selling yourself. There are tons of online tutorials for stuff like the A+/Net+ certs, which are the entry level ones you need to start to get to the higher level certs.

But the main thing is experience. I sort of fibbed my way into my first job, but I'd been tinkering with computers for about 20 years prior to taking a job in the IT industry. As a result of that, the one job I had that wasn't for a huge company I was the default IT guy, and I got a ton of experience there.
Nice!!!! :cool:
 
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