Preparing for a Websphere MQ Administrator Interview

If you have started learning MQ or have worked with MQ for a while and now are planning to take interviews for an administration position in MQ, here are some tips and areas you should focus on to get through. This is by no means a complete list and there is not better preparation that having good real experience.

  • Install and upgrade process for MQ or fixpacks on UNIX and Windows.
  • Connecting two applications with MQ. What are the steps involved and some best practices. Transmit queues, channels, remote queues.
  • Logging, different types of logging, pros and cons, best practices.
  • MQSC commands, most used commands usually like create, str, stop etc
  • Troubleshooting, where you would go to check the errors, where are the WMQ logs for various platforms, where the various errors are logged.
  • Queue Manager properties
  • Triggers, why are they used and how to set them up.
  • Different types of queues and uses.
  • Clusters, pros and cons, and setup on various platforms (Advanced).
  • High availability and Load balancing on UNIX and Windows (Advanced).
  • Security implementation in MQ using SSL (Advanced).
  • Media recovery procedure.

I will adding more to this list but if you have these topics covers, I think you will have a very good chance of getting through the interview.

Let me know what you think in the comments and also add some points if you think I missed anything.

About Ganesh

Ganesh has over 6 years of EI experience and works at a global fortune 100 company located in the United States as an Integration Designer. He specializes in WebSphere Message Broker Solution Delivery, Websphere MQ Implementation along with DR process and HA. He also works with other tools like Metastorm Integration Manager (MIM), Websphere MQ FTE and many more. You can send him an email at
  • Gangasani

    You forgot most impotent topics like ITIL, SLA’s, Clustering, Multyhoping, MultyInstance, Channel states(Indout state), JMS concepts and Unix commands like that Bro……………sorry for Interrupt.