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System Administrator Test for Recruitment

System adminsitrator test is designed to assess an applicant's understanding of Infrastructure Concepts, Linux, ITIL, Cloud Computing, Active Directory and VMware. This Linux admin online test offers detailed insights into.

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Mercer | Mettl's  system adminsitrator assessment test evaluates an applicant's understanding of Infrastructure Concepts, Linux, ITIL, Cloud Computing, Active Directory and VMware.

The 60-minutes test includes 38 MCQs. The test has been designed by subject matter experts to measure a candidate's coginitive capabilities. This SQL skills test measures competencies on three levels - basic, intermediate and advanced.

Key profiles this Linux system administrator test is useful for hiring:

  • Systems Administrator
  • IT Administrator
  • IT Helpdesk
  • IT Associate
  • IT Support
  • Tech Support
  • IT Operations
  • IT Systems Administrator
  • Systems Engineer
  • Customer Services Associate
  • Helpdesk Associate
  • IT Infrastructure Consultant


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The following subskills in VMware are evaluated: Configuring and Managing Site Recovery Manager, Troubleshoot and vCenter Server.


This Linux admin online test evaluates the following subskills: Linux Programming, Linux Admin and Unix Shell (Conditional Code and Loops).

Infrastructure Concepts

Subskills evaluated: Networking Concepts, Wireless LAN Management, Firewalls and Web Security, Backup Management, Policy Compliance and Applications Management - Application Troubleshooting.


Subskills evaluated: ITIL - Change management, ITIL Incident management and ITIL Problem Management.

Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing Concepts are evaluated on three levels - basic, intermediate and difficult.

Active Directory

Skills in Active Directory are evaluated on three levels - basic, intermediate and difficult.

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Finding the most promising SysAdmin candidates is no mean feat. The most deserving candidates will demonstrate exemplary problem-solving skills required to keep an organization’s IT infrastructure up and running. Conducting a well-researched interview could filter good candidates from ineligible candidates. Listed below are some common interview questions that will come in handy in the hiring process:
 What’s the most annoying support issue you’ve been asked to resolve?
 Skilled candidates will illustrate their point about how they conquered frustration and tackled the problem with a calm demeanor. SysAdmins are looked upon as indispensable menders by fellow employees who seek their assistance for several technical issues. That’s why IT admins are expected to stay cool-headed in a problematic situation.
 Do you have any experience with hardware components?
 This question intends to assess whether the candidate is well-versed in installing and replacing hardware components as this is a task which will usually be performed by the system administrators. Only candidates having adequate knowledge of this operation should be taken into consideration.
 Should you restore a DC that has been backed up nine months ago?
 Through this question, recruiters are assessing candidates if they have a good understanding of domain controllers. Since the backup files should not exceed 180 days, it’s not advisable to back up a DC that exceeds this period as it may lead to flawed data.
 Can you distinguish between Active Directory and LDAP?
 Candidates must be able to distinguish between LDAP- short for Lightweight Directory Access Protocol and Active Directory. While the former is an established protocol for querying and modifying directory services, the latter offers LDAP protocol support and is a directory service initiated by Microsoft.
 Describe a time when you faced a difficult problem and couldn’t solve it at one go?
 Employers always seek those candidates who not only overcome failures but come up with a viable solution. In an ideal situation, the candidate should be able to convey their strategy after a failed attempt, rather than floundering around in vain.

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