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AWS Admin Interview: Essential Guide & Tips for Cloud admins

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AWS Admin Interview Tips: Essential Guide and Tips for Cloud admins 

How to clear AWS admin interviews with confidence

Confidently Clear AWS Admin Interviews

AWS Admin is one of the top skills today and in the past 4 to 5 years, many of my direct and indirect contacts have successfully placed, getting good packages and life has changed. I am sure more are still trying. I thought of sharing a few tips and preparation advice to help the scholars.

First things first, ensure you have won CV published on job portals, double check on presentation mistakes, grammar & spelling mistakes in CV. Make sure you have all the information furnished in your CV starting your career overview, top skills, all skills, certifications, educational qualification details, professional experience details, and projects & awards you got.

One of the must-ask questions in every interview is “Tell me about yourself?” and based on your answers further interviews will progress. There are two things from the interviewer’s standpoint.

  1. What company/project needs?
  2. What you know.

They start questioning what you claimed in your CV and progress to what they want.

Prepare very well on the points you put in your CV, especially the initial few questions how you handle them makes a huge difference. Back to the point “Tell me about yourself?” so start covering the following points in 2Mins of time.

  • Give a high-level introduction about the profile like
    • I am Venkat Kerala and I have 15 years of IT experience in different verticals like Server hardware, networking, storage, backup, VMware, and different cloud platforms like Azure, AWS, and Google.
    • I am VCP 4, 5, and 6 certified, as well as VMware VCAP, Azure 104, Azure 400, AWS, and Google certified.
    • When I get to work, I check my inbox for any shift handovers, then check on the ticketing tool for any priority incidents and start taking tickets.
    • Along with regular requests and incidents I also contribute to projects like On-Prem to Azure migrations.

That is a very good explanation, however, you left lots of clues to interview so they may ask questions from any of the areas you mentioned. So, to that question prepare very well and write it down on paper so you will give the perfect answer.

Secondly, ensure you are giving the low-level answers possible. Don’t allow the interviewer to ask or repeat the same question to get an expected answer, but understand the question/context and give a very clear answer to the topic. For example, if the interviewer asks what is a Amazon VPC? Don’t just say VPC is a virtual private cloud (well it happened to me many times, I really don’t want to ask what VPC to a candidate with 4–6 years of experience)

A third area to be careful of is confidence and giving low-level answers, for example, if there is any question from topics like ARM templates then we feel less confident and just say either don’t have experience or never worked or we have a different team to handle DevOps etc., but that is the area to capitalize because ARM templates is something new to everybody around, it is same with interview who is asking the question too so those are the areas to prepare well and give a shot.

In my experience, I have seen HRs/business units select candidates not have the expected knowledge as per project requirements, but the candidate is strong/good at what he/she is doing in his current job. So, the key takeaway is being good at a few key services so that you have better chances.

The fifth area is hands-on labs, fortunately, cloud computing platforms allow us to practice all the services for free or at nominal charges. So put your hands to work and practice all services to a very low level.

Though I say many tips in the end your preparation and knowledge is the answer to the questions so it is the best tip to prepare topics very well.

All the best and see more tips in the coming blogs.

Frequently Asked Questions about AWS Admin Interview Tips

An AWS Admin manages cloud resources, ensures system stability, configures services, monitors performance, and implements security measures.

AWS Admins often use tools like AWS CloudFormation and AWS OpsWorks for automation.

AWS Admins use Auto Scaling groups to adjust capacity based on demand.

AWS Admins optimize costs through rightsizing instances and leveraging spot instances.

Skills include AWS services knowledge, scripting, and troubleshooting.

A challenging situation could be recovering data after a massive outage or breach, requiring a solid understanding of AWS services.

It’s important to note that the interview process at Amazon can be highly competitive and rigorous, especially for technical roles.

An AWS Admin needs to continuously learn about new AWS services, updates, and best practices to effectively manage the infrastructure.

Amazon EC2 serves as an instance to access cloud-based servers, while Amazon S3 is used for storing data.

If you fail an exam, you must wait 14 days before you are eligible to retake the exam

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