job screening question

Bret Clark bclark at
Tue Jul 10 10:56:04 UTC 2012

On 07/10/2012 03:32 AM, goemon at wrote:
> On Mon, 9 Jul 2012, Jeroen van Aart wrote:
>> William Herrin wrote:
>>> This is, incidentally, is a detail I'd love for one of the candidates
>>> to offer in response to that question. Bonus points if you discuss MSS
>>> clamping and RFC 4821.
>>> The less precise answer, path MTU discovery breaks, is just fine.
>> I would say that the ability to quickly understand, troubleshoot and find a
>> solution to a problem (and document it) is a far better skill to have than
>> having ready made answers to interview questions learned by heart.
>> It should take a skilled person less than 30 minutes to find the answer to
>> that question and understand it too. The importance of knowing many things by
>> heart has become incredibly moot.
> If you are applying for a network position, you better know the *basics*.
> Having to look up the basics is not a good sign.
> Do you really want to hire someone who is going to have to look up basic
> networking concepts for 30 minutes every time they are in a meeting and
> asked a question?
> -Dan
Hence the reason he mentioned "skilled" person...

More information about the NANOG mailing list