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Network and Computer Systems Administrator
Network and Computer Systems Administrator
Job-Specific Whole-Person Assessment

Network and Computer Systems Administrator

Install, configure, and support an organization's local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and may perform necessary maintenance to support network availability. May monitor and test Web site performance to ensure Web sites operate correctly and without interruption. May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software. May supervise computer user support specialists and computer network support specialists. May administer network security measures.

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Maintain and administer computer networks and related computing environments including computer hardware, systems software, applications software, and all configurations.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Perform data backups and disaster recovery operations.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Diagnose, troubleshoot, and resolve hardware, software, or other network and system problems, and replace defective components when necessary.

About the test

The HR Avatar Network and Computer Systems Administrator Pre-Employment Assessment was designed to help you hire staff in this role. The test provides a whole-person evaluation by measuring job-relevant cognitive ability, personality, knowledge, skills, and relevant behavioral history. Each component provides important data for hiring decisions. Cognitive ability has been linked to overall job performance in most jobs and correlates with a candidate's ability to learn new skills and to solve complex problems. Personality characteristics determine how well the candidate will fit-in with a corporate culture. Knowledge and skills indicate how much training will be needed before a new employee becomes productive. Finally, relevant behavioral history detects counter-productive behaviors that can impact job performance.

The Network and Computer Systems Administrator test includes an animated work simulation in which candidates meet customers, colleagues and supervisors in a job-related context. Post-test surveys indicate the majority of candidates react favorably to these simulations. This test also contains an automatically-scored essay component. Writing is a key skill for many jobs and also demonstrates the ability to generate, organize, and communicate relevant ideas effectively.

The specific attributes measured include:

Cognitive Ability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Multitasking
  Knowledge and Skills
  • Computer Networking Concepts
  • Writing
  • Adaptable
  • Competitive
  • Corporate Citizenship
  • Develops Relationships
  • Enjoys Problem-Solving
  • Exhibits a Positive Work Attitude
  • Expressive and Outgoing
  • Innovative and Creative
  • Needs Structure
  • Seeks Perfection
  Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Self-Awareness
  • Emotional Self-Control
  • Empathy
Behavioral History
  • History Survey - Performance
  • History Survey - Tenure

Following completion, the test produces a Candidate Selection Report that includes an overall score and detailed scores for each attribute. The overall score weighs each of the factors based on research and analysis from the U.S. Government's Occupational Information Network (O*Net). O*Net represents over a decade of dedicated research evaluating the relative importance of various factors that lead to success in almost 1,000 different job roles.

The Candidate Selection Report also provides expert interview questions that help you probe critical or low-scoring areas, along with a guide for noting your evaluation of the candidate's responses. Consistent use of an interview guide is an important part of gaining better candidate insights and making better hiring decisions.

Language:English (US)
Time to Complete:40 Minutes (Approximately)
O*Net SOC Code:15-1142.00
Simulation Context:Information Technology
O*Net Context:Computer and Mathematical
Price:40 Credits ($40 USD)
Note:This test contains questions that are difficult to complete on small screens. A large screen device, such as a laptop, desktop, or tablet is recommended. Test-takers using small devices will be advised to optionally change to a larger screen device.
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2016)
Bottom 10%:
$48,870 or less
Bottom 25%:
$61,870 or less
$79,700 (Average)
Top 25%:
$102,400 or more
Top 10%:
$127,610 or more

US Employment Statistics
2024 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:7,940

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Computers and Electronics
  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Administration and Management
Top Skills
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Systems Analysis
  • Critical Thinking
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Monitoring
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Programming
Top Abilities
  • Information Ordering
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Written Comprehension
  • Oral Expression
  • Near Vision
  • Inductive Reasoning
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Deductive Reasoning
Education Requirements
Post-Secondary Certificate:
Some College:
Associate's Degree (2 yr):
Bachelor's Degree:
Master's Degree:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role who have their highest education in each category.
Related Work Experience Requirements
3 - 6 Months:
1 - 2 Years:
2 - 4 Years:
4 - 6 Years:
6 - 8 Years:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role whose related work experience before they entered this position falls into each category.

Alternate Titles for this Role: Application Systems Administrator, Certified Novell Administrator (CNA), Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), Computer Support Specialist, Computer Systems Administrator, Computer Systems Security Administrator, Database Administrator (DBA), Desktop Support Technician, Director of Information Services, Director of Technology, e-mail System Administrator, Enterprise Systems Administrator, Hardware Installation Coordinator, Head of Computer Operations/Technical Services, Information Analyst, Information Systems Administrator, Information Systems Coordinator (IS Coordinator), Information Systems Manager (IS Manager), Information Systems Specialist, Information Technology Administrator (IT Administrator), Information Technology Director (IT Director), Information Technology Manager (IT Manager), Information Technology Specialist (IT Specialist), Information Technology Support Specialist (IT Support Specialist), Information Technology Systems Analyst (IT Systems Analyst), Information Technology Technical Support Specialist (IT Technical Support Specialist), Internet Systems Administrator, IT Systems Administrator (Information Technology Systems Administrator), LAN Analyst (Local Area Network Analyst), LAN Specialist (Local Area Network Specialist), LAN Systems Administrator, Linux Administrator, Linux Systems Administrator, Local Area Network Administrator (LAN Administrator), Mainframe Systems Administrator, Management Information Systems Administrator (MIS Administrator), MIS Manager (Management Information Systems Manager), Network Administrator, Network Analyst, Network Coordinator, Network Engineer, Network Manager, Network Security Administrator, Network Services Supervisor, Network Specialist, Network Support Administrator, Network Support Coordinator, Network Support Manager, Network Support Specialist, Network Systems Administrator, Network Systems Analyst, Network Systems Coordinator, Network Technician, Networking Administrator, Programmer Analyst, Server Administrator, SharePoint Administrator, Software Engineer, Systems Administrator, Systems Analyst, Systems Engineer, Systems Integrator, Systems Network Analyst, Systems Operator, Technical Analyst, Technical Component Administrator, Technical Solutions Engineer, Technical Specialist, Technical Support Engineer, Technical Support Specialist, Technology Coordinator, Telecommunications Analyst, Telecommunications Manager, Unix Administrator, Unix Systems Administrator, WAN Systems Administrator, Wide Area Network Administrator (WAN Administrator), Window Systems Administrator, Windows Administrator

Related Jobs based on Skills & Abilities: Computer Network Architects, Computer Systems Analysts, Database Administrators, Software Developers, Applications, Computer Systems Engineers/Architects, Software Developers, Systems Software, Computer User Support Specialists, Information Security Analysts, Computer Operators, Web Administrators, Electronics Engineering Technologists, Food Scientists and Technologists, Validation Engineers, Product Safety Engineers, Industrial Engineering Technicians, Manufacturing Engineers, Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers, Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians, Web Developers

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Activities performed during the Test
  • Interpret and report system requirements for an office.
  • Accurately communicate the maintenance schedule to employees.
  • Understand network installation schedule.
  • Email your manager summarizing the main points of a meeting.
  • Write a short essay.
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