System Engineering Interview Preparation Guide
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System engineering is specialize in software and computer system design, maintenance, and implementation. They are the people behind the company’s efficient information technology block.

21 System Engineer Questions and Answers:

1 :: Please explain the duties of a System Engineer?

Their positions are often hybrid, requiring expertise and creativity. Besides the management of operating systems, web services, and databases, they may be charged with things like planning and deploying releases of products.

2 :: Tell me what experience do you have working in a computerized environment?

Be specific. For example, describe web product deployment built on Microsoft stack, deployment of SQL server data patches, managing company Windows or Intel systems, etc.

3 :: Basic Common System Engineering Interview Questions:

Difference between telnet and ssh?
What do you need to do to start a service at startup?
What are different levels of RAID and what level will you use for a web server and database server?
Whats your favorite shell and why?
Describe the boot process of the Linux of your choice in as much detail as possible?
What debugging steps will you take when your manager tells you that the website is slow?
Are you a systems engineer or a systems administrator? Why?
How does a clock work?
How did they build the Great Pyramid at Giza in Egypt?
Do you admire any systems? Which ones? Why?
What is an example of a new issue in systems engineering / admin? What impact does it have on how you practice?
What do you think are common mistakes managers make when dealing with systems professionals?
What is an all-too-common example of unethical behavior for a systems professional?
Can you name a systems thinker from history? What do you admire about them?

4 :: Do you know great systems engineers, network engineers or systems administrators qualities?

► Great teamwork
► Reliable - they always follow through and are good at juggling a lot of things.
► Intellectually curious - a learner seeking knowledge
► Understands technology basics required for their job (and usually much more than just the basics)
► Can figure almost anything out (and takes enjoyment in solving problems - big or small)
► Pragmatic, hard working, and tenacious.

5 :: Tell me have you ever been in a situation where you found yourself having to learn a technology in order to perform a task essential to your job responsibilities? What did you do?

Every good candidate should have a response to this line of questions. A lot of systems engineering involves debugging or solving complex problems - often with software you didn't write or have prior knowledge of. Being able to learn quickly, be resourceful and come out victorious are important to any role.

6 :: Can you please explain your experience with documentation as a system engineer?

You can talk about any type of documentation: internal documentation, installation and configuration documents, release notes, environment diagrams, reports to management, etc.

7 :: Can you please explain your troubleshooting and debugging expertise?

Relate to any infrastructure troubleshooting operations in both production and non-production environments alike. Talk about specific occasions. Include troubleshooting of corporate websites, ticketing websites, SFTP and SMTP sites and services, etc.

8 :: Tell us do you have any experience with product integration services?

You can include any management and support projects, including things like batch processing and real-time web services.

9 :: Tell me can you specify professional experience in system maintenance and implementation?

Talk about the core duties of your profession: troubleshooting and debugging, data backup, automation of promotions and releases, virtualization, hardware provisioning, etc.

10 :: System Engineering Interview Questions:

Have you ever been on call before? Did you like it? Did you ever miss a page?
When have you gone over and above at work? If you had to do it over, would you do it again? Why or why not?
Have you ever done something on the job that you were really proud of, but no one else really knew about?
What does being awesome at your job mean to you?
Based on our current website (or ask about a past project or site they worked on – any example will do) what is the minimum set of things you should monitor? What is the optimum set? What has worked well in practice?
Have you ever needed more monitoring and didn’t have it? If so how did you get around the problem?
Have you ever setup a monitoring system like Nagios, Munin, Zabbix, etc? If so, what were some of the things you learned from the process? Any changes or improvements you would have made?