Okay, you did it! Working for one of those CCNA Certificates proved to be a lot tougher than you thought.
Folks who pass the exam for CCNA gnerally fall into one of 3 categories. The first category: people just getting a feel for the IT realm. Within this second category, you have people who want to move from the LAN side of Networking over to the WAN side. WAN engineers and administrators make the 3rd category. If they just got their CCNA certification, it’s because they yearn to move up the ladder.
Regardless, you’re going to have to come to terms with the dreaded job interview. CCNA newbies can sometimes do really well in job interviews, and other times, really poor. Below are some pointers that can definitely assist you:
Start by being confident, but not cocky. Without a doubt, CCNA Certificates can be outstanding to have. Furthermore, many of us rely on them to get our careers started. However, do not walk into the interview thinking you know everything just because you have that certificate. Some of Cisco’s certified experts will even have trouble throughout interviews.
Answer questions as if you’re 100% sure. This is extremely important if the answer isn’t coming to mind right away. If you prepared for your exam the right away, got some hands-on experience, and understood tough topics like the various WAN protocols and access-lists, then your interview should go fairly smoothly. Sometimes, the questions will be beyond your level of knowledge or certification. If that’s the case, then you could tell them that you learn very quickly and are always seeking self-improvement.
Don’t stop studying once you’ve earned your certification. Folks typically forget things they know if they don’t use that knowledge regularly. It’s okay to take a day or two off and celebrate, but you have to get back to work after that. Make sure to review your CCNA topics and shortly thereafter, get started on your CCNP. Many new CCNAs will forget what they learned because they stopped studying or felt no need to progress after that.
Get ready for your interview as if it’s another CCNA exam – because in reality, it is. The only thing different is that you don’t get multiple choice.
Start getting ready for your job interview prior to even taking the exam. How do you do it? Learn and prepare for your exam the proper way. Build up your experience by doing labs and simulations on actual routers and switches. Alternatively, you can invest in a good software simulator. Get a quality Cisco education. Don’t be afraid to send your questions towards other folks in that field. Do these things now and you won’t just be one of the many holding CCNA certificates. You’ll be a high-quality candidate and one step closer to getting that job.