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Site Engineer Interview Questions

"The interview for a position as a site engineer will consist of questions about your technical knowledge of civil engineering and construction, experience with supervising different types of sites, and your attention to detail. Employers will want you to have a degree in engineering or a construction-related discipline."

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Do you have experience working with and identifying various valves, etc.?

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Yes, in school I was taught about various vales such a butterfly, solenoid, and diaphragm.

Describe on a scale of 1 to 10 your familiarity with systems administration. Followup: which system call returns inode information? What signal does the "kill" command send by default ? How many IP addresses are usable on a /23 network. Can you describe a connection setup in TCP

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classic fermi problem. estimate some value making some approximations.

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You need to distribute a terabyte of data from a single server to 10,000 nodes, and then keep that data up to date. It takes several hours to copy the data just to one server. How would you do this so that it didn't take 20,000 hours to update all the servers? Also, how would you make sure that the file wasn't corrupted during the copy?

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This wasn't difficult, but it was an important question: They wanted the name of a google employee i knew or worked with. If you know someone or worked with the, ahead of the interview have their email or full name all worked out as well as to be sure they will vouch for you.

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What's the default signal used in a kill command?

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Are you willing to sign this NDA which includes a clause that we know is broken by most of our applicants but we don't sue them for?

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Asked me how the kernel new to connect to a remote machine. Wasn't too sure if they were asking the lower level c calls, general OS theory, or just basic files / networking components (routing table). Also asked basic monitoring questions like how to monitor query times (bonked on this, just couldn't think well being nervous)

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There was a paper presented to you with a number of nagios alerts and you had to rate them in the order you would approach fixing them. For example, one of them was a production host being 100% offline. Another was an environment alert about an entire cab that was overheating. Another was the tablet vip being down, another was a load average for the main website being really high. There were also a number of them that were QPS (queries per sec) related and included several security related alerts like XSS QPS and failed logins QPS

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Do you know what you're doing?

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