Tyler Rousseau on Library Garden has some interesting ideas on ways to test an applicant’s tech-savviness. He says to forget the buzzwords and actually test skills instead. Right on. I commented that I think that his list applies to most library positions – definitely any library position. We should all be able to attach documents to emails and talk online via some method (IM, Skype, something). And if they’re not doing it now, they should be able to figure it out if it’s part of the application process (if they want the job bad enough, and are curious and interested enough, they’ll figure it out).
And testing an IT person’s skills is a lot tricker, but it can be done…assuming you have someone on the other end who can verify the accuracy of the responses. I advocate for essay questions and actual problem-solving questions that present a real problem and ask for code, or a project plan, or a network diagram. Those things will show you how "IT" your "IT applicant" really is.