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Question 1:

“So. Tell us what you would consider a ‘dream setup’ as it pertains to a perfect server platform.”

(candidate blabbers on about vendor names, virtual this and that, whatever.)

“Ok. What if we don’t provide you with ANY of that.  What then?”

Question 2:

(produce a stopwatch and take a deep breath)

“Tell us EVERYTHING you know about Active Directory, starting…………… Now.”

(stare at the stopwatch for one full minute as the candidate talks.  At the minute mark, stop the timing and announce “Stop!”)

Question 3:

“Why do they call it, ‘the Cloud'”?

(rub chin and nod with serious expression until candidate stops talking)

Question 4:

“How do you feel about (insert vendor) products?”

(if the candidate expresses a favorable or unfavorable viewpoint, respond with the opposite).

Example:  (candidate) “I really like HP products.  They’ve always been great for me.”

(you) “We don’t like HP at all.  They’re horrible and we don’t like people that like them.”

Question 5:

“Describe a load-balanced cluster of virtual machines running on a clustered hardware platform.”

(run chin and nod with serious expression until candidate stops talking)

(you) “Time’s up!  Thank you for playing along. Hope we can do this again soon.” (remember: no smiling).

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