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I am going to apply for a job at Geek Squad


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#1 DrSmart

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 07:30 PM

Hi all.

I am going to apply as a computer repair technician at Geek Squad.

And I have a couple of questions:

What is the interview like?

What questions is asked on the quiz about computer knowledge?

In all honesty, what do you have to know?


I have a lot of knowledge here:


I know Windows inside and out.

I know a lot about repairing/upgrading hardware/software.

I know Linux pretty good. But I don't know Mac, is this okay? Is mac knowledge required?

I can easily hook up basic networks.

And just generally I am very good with computers.

So what do ya'll think? Am I able to get the job?

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 07:41 PM

With the Geek Squad I would recommend knowing Windows XP Troubleshooting, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and have a decent amount of hardware troubleshooting, and I would definitely recommend doing some work on beefing up your Mac skills. Linux will not help you with the Geek Squad, because those people that usually run Linux know what they are doing on a computer, and generally do not go to Geek Squad for support.

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 10:00 PM

If I buy an old mac, will playing around with it for 3 days be sufficient?


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Posted 04 May 2011 - 10:06 PM

I highly doubt it the new macs run on an os based on Unix.

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 11:48 PM

I just had an idea, is there anyway I could install Mac os in virtual box?

And is mac hardware much different from pc hardware?


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Posted 04 May 2011 - 11:53 PM

No there is no way to install Mac OS X into a Virtual Box you need a Mac.

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 12:10 AM

How much do they cost? Where could I buy one for under 150$ (preferably old and used)?

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 12:20 AM

They wont cost 150 bucks. They run from 900 to 4500

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 01:06 AM

What about one that is around 4 to 5 years old?

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 01:53 AM

http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/mac

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 03:54 AM

How about on ebay?

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 06:36 AM

I do not recommend purchasing hardware off of ebay, because it maybe someones elses junk.

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 12:18 PM

have you actually applied yet? part of the application is one of those skill/personality multiple choice tests. if they don't like the answers to the test they may not even look at your application.

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 04:23 PM

@cryptodan I am sort of broke, even if it is junk I am pretty sure I can fix it. Can you post a link to a good mac to buy, all that I want is something I can learn mac os on.

@joggiwagga No I have not applied yet. In fact one thing that bothers me is when I try to apply online they want my social security number, is this safe to give away?

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 05:14 PM

Hi, is this a good one to practice on?
http://cgi.ebay.com/Apple-G4-Cube-450-MHz-20-GB-w-Studio-Display-KB-Mouse-/200600205253?pt=Apple_Desktops&hash=item2eb4b437c5

Thanks! :D




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