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PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 7:37 am    Post subject: Computer Forensics Interview Questions Reply with quote

The post is for any people out there that can offer some sample technical interview questions that might be asked when interviewing for a computer forensics position. I have an interview coming up so and I would like to prepare for it as best as possible.

Any advice and questions are greatly appreciated.

With thanks,

Christopher Bosshardt
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

where did you find a job interview at?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 6:31 am    Post subject: Computer Forensics Interview Questions Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 7:30 am    Post subject: Re: Computer Forensics Interview Questions Reply with quote

Currently designing interview questios:

1. What is an MD5 Checksum, and how it used in Forensics?
2. What other hashing algorithms are used besides MD5?
3. What is a .ISO?
4. What is a bit level image and how is that different from an ISO?
5. Please describe Stegonography.
6. In your average investigation, Please describe the steps to take from start to completeing the report to take to court?
7. Do all forensic investigations go to court? If not why? If so why?
8. What is the SAM file and which operating system has it?
9. Do any other operating systems have a SAM file if so what is it and how would you get to it?
10. What is the major difference between Linux and Windows and Mac when doing an investigation?
11. File System?
12. Directory Structure?
13. If a file is labeld .tar.gz what is it and why is it in .tar.gz format?
14. What is Data Carving and in which cases would you use it?
15. What is Live Previewing of a system?
16. How would you Image a hard drive on a system that can not be shut down?


Those are just a few of mine... looking for more as we speak Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 8:36 am    Post subject: Re: Computer Forensics Interview Questions Reply with quote

Arthur_Howell wrote:
Currently designing interview questios:

1. What is an MD5 Checksum, and how it used in Forensics?
2. What other hashing algorithms are used besides MD5?
3. What is a .ISO?
4. What is a bit level image and how is that different from an ISO?
5. Please describe Stegonography.
6. In your average investigation, Please describe the steps to take from start to completeing the report to take to court?
7. Do all forensic investigations go to court? If not why? If so why?
8. What is the SAM file and which operating system has it?
9. Do any other operating systems have a SAM file if so what is it and how would you get to it?
10. What is the major difference between Linux and Windows and Mac when doing an investigation?
11. File System?
12. Directory Structure?
13. If a file is labeld .tar.gz what is it and why is it in .tar.gz format?
14. What is Data Carving and in which cases would you use it?
15. What is Live Previewing of a system?
16. How would you Image a hard drive on a system that can not be shut down?


Those are just a few of mine... looking for more as we speak Smile



These are pretty good questions, but as I read them I wonder why its so damn hard to find a job. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How did you get setup with an interview? I am finding it very difficult to find any computer forensic companies hiring anywhere remotely close to me. Makes me wonder if I should just start my own company. Be sure to post how your interview goes and what all they asked, I am curious to know.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 1:13 am    Post subject: Re: Computer Forensics Interview Questions Reply with quote

CBosshardt wrote:
Richfield, OH
Are you interviewing with Todd?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 6:37 am    Post subject: Computer Forensics Interview Questions Reply with quote

To Arthur_Howell: Thank you very much for the questions. I don't want to blow this interview.

To Bishop34: I applied for the position back in January I think it was. Hang in there my friend. It may turn out that some place you are applying for may be a bit backed up and might take a while to get a hold of you. Keep up the hunt.

To PreferredUser: I'm not quite sure, I haven't gotten any details yet. The person who contacted me about the interview was named Brance.

To anyone else: If there are anymore samples you can think please let me know. Again, I greatly appreciate it.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck with the interview. Remember, confidence not cockiness.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sage advice
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

btw Arthur. I like your quote at the bottom, that's funny.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

also true Sad
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well the moc interviews happened and went very well. I am surprised by the number of people who couldn't answer the 15 questions I posed above; I was absolutely astonished to learn that the program that I was doing the moc interviews for did not touch any information on Linux. If even one of those students were to try to analyze my personal machine they would kill themselves in frustration. I believe I may cry Sad

On a side note I am moving from one government agency to another, I got the interview though a contractor and the government pulls new govies from the contractor pull and the contractor hires more.. thus far the big names in the DC metro area are Deloitte, CSC, SRA, and I am sure there are more but they seem to have a majority of the forensic contracts in this area.

I hope that helps everyone who is searching for interviews or jobs in the area. Outside of this area I have been offered positions in Iraq, Australia, and India all 3 of those areas are looking heavily for new forensic blood. Just have the qualifications and knowledge to back up what you say you can do. If you don't know what hex is or don't understand how data carving works, perhaps its time to reeducate yourself. (Spelling and grammar probably way off)
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Arthur_Howell wrote:
Well the moc interviews happened and went very well. I am surprised by the number of people who couldn't answer the 15 questions I posed above; I was absolutely astonished to learn that the program that I was doing the moc interviews for did not touch any information on Linux. If even one of those students were to try to analyze my personal machine they would kill themselves in frustration. I believe I may cry Sad

On a side note I am moving from one government agency to another, I got the interview though a contractor and the government pulls new govies from the contractor pull and the contractor hires more.. thus far the big names in the DC metro area are Deloitte, CSC, SRA, and I am sure there are more but they seem to have a majority of the forensic contracts in this area.

I hope that helps everyone who is searching for interviews or jobs in the area. Outside of this area I have been offered positions in Iraq, Australia, and India all 3 of those areas are looking heavily for new forensic blood. Just have the qualifications and knowledge to back up what you say you can do. If you don't know what hex is or don't understand how data carving works, perhaps its time to reeducate yourself. (Spelling and grammar probably way off)


Mock interviews? Was this for a graduating class of students or something? I looked up in the thread but couldn't find any details.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Arthur_Howell wrote:
also true Sad


Yeah, sadly Crying or Very sad
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