Prize of being an Admin - Part 2


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# 8  
Old 06-03-2013
From a senior admin standpoint I always do two things when hiring a new Jr. Admin. I ask them to count to 5 and I tell them if they ever break anything to tell me the minute it happens and what they were doing.

I would rather them tell me quickly, fix and let it be a learning point with little repercussions on the first go round than have them lie to me and have to spend 8 frustrating hours trying to diagnose then fix the issue. I have fired people for that.

Now, can you figure out why I ask them to count to 5? Smilie
# 10  
Old 06-03-2013
At one of my previous positions the company was looking to save money so they would take the average windows admin salary and bump it a bit and not make UNIX knowledge and experience a requirement in the job req. So what they would get was windows admins who wanted to become Unix admins.

Getting them to count to 5 verbally would confirm this because the windows admin would always start with 1 whereas an experienced Unix admin would generally start with 0 because of the way interfaces, disks and Unix in general start with 0 in a numbering scheme.
# 11  
Old 06-03-2013
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Originally Posted by os2mac
Getting them to count to 5 verbally would confirm this because the windows admin would always start with 1 whereas an experienced Unix admin would generally start with 0 because of the way interfaces, disks and Unix in general start with 0 in a numbering scheme.
I would have failed your test Smilie

Regards,
Alister
# 12  
Old 06-03-2013
but it makes you think about it, doesn't it?
# 13  
Old 06-03-2013
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Originally Posted by alister
I would have failed your test Smilie
Me too.

Windows admins can count?
# 14  
Old 06-03-2013
oh, They can... just not in proper base 10. They usually start with 1 versus 0.

Smilie
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