The Basic Linux Commands an Interviewer Want You to Know

I interview young candidates from time to time. At a company where Linux is prevalent, I’d expect candidates to know some basic Linux commands.

  • cat
  • grep
  • vim (know the basic operations such as open text file, edit and save it and close it)
  • top (htop) to monitor processes
  • traceroute
  • df -h
  • netstat
  • chmod
  • chown
  • kill
  • wget
  • mkdir
  • ls
  • find
  • lsblk
  • lscpu
  • fdisk
  • find

Ha, those are very basic commands! You may say, but if you are not exposed to Linux at all, you just don’t know. I didn’t know those when I was an engineer with only Windows experience but it’s good to prepare.