+ 1 Votes O/S and Beyond sslevine 3 years ago Basic Info I'd Ask for (similar to Site Survey)- HOW MANY USERS will be supported (industry standard is 1 tech to 50 - 100 users)- map of network (should include connection types, i.e. DSL, fractional T1, etc. & bandwidth) - ISP (internet provider)- what type of router, switches, firewall will be supported- how many nodes (PC, laptop, printer, misc. devices) are to be supported- O/S server platform (version & service pack)- client O/S & service pack (XP? Win7? Mac OSX?)- list of applications and versions supported- what functions do the different depts. do- what measures are in place for disaster recovery (backup you mentioned; antivirus/internet filtering are important also)- is there vendor support in place for proprietary systems - is there budget $$ for additional consulting support ( you will need this at some point)- will YOU have some control over your budget - how much user training will you be expected to provideSo much happens in a one person show. I am "IT" right now for a complex law enforcement environment. I've also done site surveys as a consultant, and you can never get too much info before taking on a job. Get a good description of the duties you will be expected to perform, and ask what the biggest challenge is currently - or, if there are plans for any major upgrade.Forewarned is forearmed. the company culture is important also - pick your friend's brain as to what the heirarchy is and how knowledgable the users are. This is only a start - go with your gut. I did an interview for a peach of a job (supposedly) and interviewed with the manager and a minion, both exhausted, distracted, and on edge. That's all I needed to see to say no.