State of California Office of Statewide Health Planning
State of California Office of Statewide Health Planning Interview Questions & Reviews
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Parole Agent III Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 12 months - interviewed at State of California Office of Statewide Health Planning in March 2009.
Interview Details – Bachelor degree minimum required. Be aware of all applicable Laws governing Parole and Treatment of convicted felons while under supervision. Written exam 3 hours. Oral interview, Peace Officer background
Interview Question – If you discover an Agent is lying about his work detail and you are required to fire this person. Even if this person has been in life threatening situations with you before... View Answer
Negotiation Details – none. Job offer I accepted
Claim Examiner Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through other source - interviewed at State of California Office of Statewide Health Planning in June 2009.
Interview Details – they were looking for bilinguals when i was hired
Interview Question – they have the typical questions - you are interviewed by the managers Answer Question
Negotiation Details – you start at the lowest pay always and slowly increased until you cap
Very Easy Interview
Personnel Associate Interview (Negative Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at State of California Office of Statewide Health Planning.
Interview Details – Mostly based on Resume. Had to take a test and was required to have at least 2 years of college. The interview was mostly impersonal and disconcerting. Who I was and I could bring to the job was not as big a consideration as was my attitude about be a "team member" My qualification werer breezed over quickly. The interview last about 10 minutes.
Interview Question – Do I have any strong negative issures about unions. View Answer
Negotiation Details – There was none. I was called by someone in personnel and informed that I had been accepted and could begin orintation the following Monday. The salary benefits were establish prio to the call.
Associate Governmental Program Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at State of California Office of Statewide Health Planning in August 2012.
Interview Details – It was a great interview process with straight forward questions. Management was very relaxed and opened, which gave me the opportunity to focus on my experience and my qualifications rather than being too nervous. I had approximately nine questions and a writing assessment. The writing assessment had about ten different choices. Interview length was about 45 minutes. The interview had a panel of three. Two line managers and another upper manager.
Interview Question – Please tell me about a project you had to complete in the past that you could have done better? What went wrong and what would you have done different if given a second chance? View Answer
Negotiation Details – State of California has set salaries for every position. There is no room for negotiation. You either start at beginning level or level 2, 3 or 4 depending on how many years of related experience you have.
Telecommunications Technician Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied in-person - interviewed at State of California Office of Statewide Health Planning in June 2012.
Interview Details – FCC first class license required... experiance at a component level and commercial communications experiance required.
Negotiation Details – none
Staff Services Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through other source and the process took 2 months - interviewed at State of California Office of Statewide Health Planning in March 2012.
Interview Details – When the state has an opening, they need to fill it FAST. I got a call Friday afternoon asking for an interview Monday morning. I went in and they were way behind schedule, about an hour late. They sat me at a desk and gave me a sheet of the interview questions - about 20 of them, and very in depth. Glad I had that hour to really prepare my answers. It was specific to the job - asking about previous coordinating experience, how do you deal with bad coworkers, etc. Not too bad, just have a ton of concrete examples to talk about. They don't want abstract "I'm a hard worker" but rather "Last week when 3 of my coworkers called in sick I jumped on and helped our unit stay on track." I went into the interview, which was 2 people (a 3rd was supposed to be there, but the doctor was too busy). They asked me all the questions, and it lasted about half an hour. Then they lead me to a desk with a computer and gave me a sheet of paper. They told me to follow the directions on the paper, and I had half an hour. This is called an "inbox exercise" and it's fairly common with CCHCS. They just want to prove you can actually do the work. Unfortunately, they don't know how to ask it very well, so I was unsure, but apparently I aced it. After I accepted the job they wouldn't stop talking about how amazing it was. The paper just asked me to put together a report on the number of people getting a liver transplant. So it listed 50 people had requested, 20 were awaiting doctor's approval, 40 had been rejected, and 2 had completed. So on the computer I used excel to make some charts displaying the data different ways, and then put it into a written report using word. I just explained the number of people and what that meant, and I ended with that because only 2 people had succeeded it was clear we needed to streamline the process to get more people finished with the process quicker. They called soon after, and I had to go in to get all my hiring paperwork done - several times sadly. They kept thinking of new things they needed from me. I ended up hiring myself mostly since I had worked as a hiring coordinator for the same department before.
Interview Question – No hard questions - just really focus on concrete examples. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There is NO negotiation. Your pay is posted online, on the job posting. The managers usually don't really know what you would make - just look at the classification online and you'll know. If you're concerned about where in the range you'll be you have to actually talk to HR, which is after you've accepted. You take it or leave it. It's almost unheard of for someone to decline.
Research Analyst II Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied through other source and interviewed at State of California Office of Statewide Health Planning.
Interview Details – This classification rarely holds an exam process, but when it does, it is a good idea to get on it. Usually the exam process requires an STD 678 application with relevant work information, and a supplemental questionnaire. It may take awhile to be scored, you will get notice in the mail. This exam is NOT held online.
I included an STD 678, a cover letter, a resume, references, and copies of my degrees in my application.
The hiring process: an AGPA can lateral into this job if the work they do is very similar in nature, and that is determined by individual HR departments. This step is a promotion from Research Analyst I, and is a lateral salary bump from AGPA level if you qualify on an exam list.
The research analyst II interview incorporated relatively normal questions about previous work, level of ability or interest in the type of work at the agency, questions specific to the job duty statement, and basic analysis ability. Included questions on types of software programs used, ability in statistical analysis and math, and literature reviews. This class often works with mapping, databases, and analyses scientific reports. This class also does a lot of grunt work for higher level researchers. I also completed a written assignment, which included analysis of a chart. I recall that I noted the chart title was unclear, and that the y axis did not express whether the numbers indicated were representing a percent, rate, or whole number. I also answered a basic short essay question on research methodology.
The promotional series this class leads to is Research Program Specialist.
Interview Question – They showed me a line chart by gender and year and asked me to analyse it, but it was missing a title and it didn't have a label on the Y axis. I almost panicked, because I wasn't sure if I was supposed to be critical, or just tell them it was a line chart by gender and year. View Answer
Negotiation Details – No negotiation. Came in with a pay bump because I qualified off an exam I had previously taken.
Lucensing Program Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at State of California Office of Statewide Health Planning.
Interview Details – Important to read the job specs and know a little about the agency to which you are applying. It is helpful to have experience with the agency, know of current events involving the agency, agency dirctor etc. Most interviews are a series of questions asked by the panel, don't worry about eye contact from them as they tend to have their heads down writing. This is a good thing. Try and repeat their question back in your answer. Good luck.
Interview Question – What do you like and not like about your current position? View Answer
Negotiation Details – No negotiation in government job.
Employment Program Representative Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at State of California Office of Statewide Health Planning in September 2009.
Interview Details – I applied in April 09 & jobs opened up 12/09 I was persistant & kept calling the manager. I had a great interview & an offer followed by end of week.
Negotiation Details – There is no negotiation. Salaries are set.
Manager In 07 Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at State of California Office of Statewide Health Planning in March 2008.
Interview Details – straight forward fine.
Interview Question – Prioritizing work View Answer
Negotiation Details – no negotiaqtion
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