Site reliability engineer interview questions shared by candidates
classic fermi problem. estimate some value making some approximations.
read "how would you read mount fuji" for practical examples.
The correct title of that very useful book is "How Would You Move Mount Fuji? Microsoft's Cult of the Puzzle - How the World's Smartest Company Selects the Most Creative Thinkers." It's available from Amazon - and I guess the question now is which company - MS or Google - owns that prestigious "smartest company" mantle!
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?
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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