In this discussion, imagine you are an IT director who is hiring for a full-time network administrator position within your company. A network administrator is responsible for maintaining an organization's computer network, keeping it updated and operating effectively and efficiently.

In your initial post, include 4 to 5 questions you would ask a candidate during the initial interview.

  • Consider the specific IT and networking skills this candidate might need.
  • What other skills and traits, outside of IT skills, might be important to ask about?

In response to your peers, read the interview questions they posted in their original responses and respond as if you were the candidate.

  • Also be sure to reply to the responses you received to your questions.
  • In this course, the discussion responses should be friendly and show an inquisitive spirit.


Here are 5 questions I personally ask when interviewing in my current role:

1. How you familiar are you with OSI model?

  • What are the layers of the OSI model?
  • What layer is the MAC address found on?
  • What is layer 3 used for?

2. In your own words, what is TCP/IP stand for, and can you describe what it does?

3. In your own words, can you describe what LAN and WAN are?

4. What is the difference between a switch and router?

5. What is an IP?

  • What does DHCP stand for and can you describe what does?
  • In your own words, can you describe what subnetting is and what it could be used for?
  • What does DNS stand for and can you describe what it does?

I have included follow up questions that are designed to dig a bit deeper to identify if the applicant has a better working knowledge of initial question being asked.

Other skills and traits that are important is the ability to stay calm in stressful situations, the ability to clearly and concisely communicate with peers and customer, and the ability to work well with a team of multiple individuals from varying educational backgrounds. This is important because in this role you will work with those who have a very basic, limited understanding of networking and others who are very well versed. Being able to communicate clearly, and in a way that all others can understand, is vital to being successful in this field.


Network Administration is a back bone of an organization and it is very important to ensures the smooth operation of the organization’s IT infrastructure, including servers, networks. And other IT resources. It also ensures that these systems are secure, reliable, and efficient. 

When I placed or think myself as IT director, there are main responsibility that I should perform in the right way like oversee the entire IT department within an organization. This includes managing staffs, implementing and managing IT projects, ensuring data security, and setting and achieving strategic IT goals. In addition to this, I have to recruit and hiring the right workers.  Therefore, here are the questions that I would like to ask the candidates to hire the network administrator. 

  1. Can you provide examples of how you managed and maintained a large-scale network infrastructure in the past? 
  2. How do you keep up-t0-date with the latest networking technologies and protocols? 
  3. Can you describe a situation where you had to troubleshoot a network issue and how you resolved it? 
  4. How do you ensure network security and protect against potential threats? 
  5. Can you share your experience in managing a team of network administrators or how do you plan to manage a team in the future? 

In addition to IT and network skills, it is very important to ask the applicant about the following specific skills: 

  • Communication skills: As a network administrator, he or she will need to communicate effectively with team members, clients, and other stakeholders. 
  • The next one is problem solving skills: He will need to be able to identify and solve network issues quickly and efficiently.  
  • The other skill is Time management which is very important to ask the candidate because of he will need to manage his time effectively to ensure that all tasks are completed in a timely manner. 
  • Giving attention to detail is also the other important skill that the network administrator should have. The network administrator must be able to pay close attention to detail to ensure that all aspects of the network are functioning properly.