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Penn State University Systems Administrator Interview Questions

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Systems Administrator Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
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I had a phone interview discussing the position and my qualifications. The interviewer concluded the phone screen by asking about salary requirements, which I freely shared. The interviewer then stated that the salary for the position would be in a certain (much lower) range. I was told i would receive a call back to confirm the salary range; several days have passed.

Penn State publishes job postings along with their salary bands. The range offered by the interviewer is in the lowest 25% of the band. Others have said this is typical Penn State behavior. They only offer in the lowest part of the range and never pay above the midpoint.

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    Systems Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in State College, PA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Penn State University (State College, PA) in April 2011.

    Interview

    Hiring process starts with applying for a position through the jobs site. Resumes and cover letters are uploaded to the site and associated with an open position. Resumes and cover letters are reviewed by the department hiring, usually the manager/director and a few select employees on the hiring committee. If an employee does not live in the area, initial interviews are done over the phone. Second and third interviews are often done face to face. Usually interviews have 3-5 people asking questions. After a candidate is chosen, HR will be notified of the choice. HR determines a salary based on the experience and education of the candidate. An offer is sent to the candidate for them to accept or refuse. If they refuse, the process is repeated on the next candidate.

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    Negotiation

    I was unable to negotiate a higher salary.


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    Systems Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in State College, PA
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Penn State University (State College, PA) in April 2010.

    Interview

    Submit resume and cover letter through online application site, wait 8 weeks (common at Penn State). I got a phone interview with the hiring manager and a colleague. The phone interview included some Unix admin questions and a "homework" assignment: within the next hour, e-mail me a little script that will parse a certain kind of text file and make certain changes. I did so. Later I was called for an in-person interview and spoke with the hiring manager and his director. After this there was a long time, about 4 weeks, before an offer was made even though I was told that they were eager to hire.

    Interview Questions

    • Aforementioned "homework" given at the end of the phone interview was unexpected. Otherwise the interview questions were the common getting-to-know-you type and some technical questions to verify I knew about the technologies I listed in my resume and cover letter.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Several factors led me to decline. During the lengthy delay between interviews and job offer, I found new things in my current job to satisfy me. The new position was a lateral move and the offer included a very minimal increase in pay and no clear path for upward growth. Finally, even though during the interview I was told that there would be many interesting projects on the horizon, what I was told I'd be working on for the first few months sounded pretty bleak. I'm not sure whether the interesting projects would have ever come about or if I'd have been stuck in the bleak. Ultimately, there wasn't enough that compelled me to accept.


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