IT professionals specializing in network administration are a key element of any enterprise's tech staff. Not only must they thoroughly understand enterprise computing systems, but they must also possess a wide range of skills and expertise, and stay cool under fire when a network crisis occurs.
To help you hire the best people for these critical network administration spots, our IT Hiring Kit: Network Administrator provides three unique tools that will guide and help you in the hiring process, as well as several valuable documents that can guide you from listing a job opening to the final steps of letting candidates know that the role has been filled.
Understanding the role and skills
The first document is a ready-to-use job description that lists all the skills the perfect net admin candidate will have as well as the duties that person is expected to carry out (Figure A). By using this job description as a guide, you can efficiently review candidates' resumes and determine which candidates to invite for an interview.
|An excerpt from the net admin job description|
That's where the second tool in the pack—a comprehensive list of interview questions—comes in very handy.
The right questions to ask
Our tool provides in-depth interview questions, including both general questions that are necessary to ask any job candidate and specific network administration questions—such as experience with Windows and Cisco technologies and pertinent on-the-job tasks.
By using this interview-question guide, you can ensure that you'll ask all the important questions. Once you've selected and mapped out the questions you want answered, it's time to use our third tool in the pack—an assessment sheet that helps you clearly see whether a candidate possesses the skills and expertise you're looking for.
A thorough assessment
This unique candidate assessment spreadsheet (Figure B) is aligned with the job interview questions document. We've included each interview question on the candidate assessment sheet tabs so you can rate the candidates' responses to each question.
|Candidate Assessment spreadsheet|
As skill requirements for a network administrator can be diverse, the assessment tool provides room for questions you may want to include that aren't on the interview questions document. This weighted spreadsheet allows you to enter information about the net admin candidates so you can keep track of the leading ones—and ultimately help you decide which candidate is the best fit for your team.
Some extra resources
In addition to these tools, the hiring kit also includes a condensed job description for advertising purposes and a sample job offer letter. Both samples are easily customized to fit the specific role to be filled.
Devised specifically for hiring a network administrator, both documents will save you a great deal of time in the full hiring process—which will give you more time to spend with candidates in order to make the right hiring decision.
There is also a PDF featuring three valuable TechRepublic articles relating to the hiring process:
- "Interview questions that demand meaningful answers"
- "How to hire and retain the right help desk people"
- "Tips for gauging soft skills in IT hires"
The articles offer specific insight and guidance on conducting strong interviews, and the critical issues of assessing the necessary "soft" business skills that every IT professional must bring to the enterprise.
Hiring and staffing a network administration team is crucial to keeping an enterprise's infrastructure strong and stable. Order the IT Hiring Kit: Network Administrator for only $34.95 to help in this critical effort. This comprehensive pack provides all the necessary information and serves as a valuable tool for hiring network administrators.