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Updated Jun 4, 2014
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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Summer Intern (Traffic Operations) Interview

Summer Intern (Traffic Operations)

Interviewed at TxDOT

Interview Details – - Very informal interview, was called in to the office to talk to who would be my supervisor
- Asked general questions about past work experience, knowledge of the field, etc.
- Was told they'd let me know within a week or two

Negotiation Details – The hourly wage for a summer intern was based off of hours completed. As a junior with almost senior credits, I was paid about $12.50

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Engineering Tech I Interview

Engineering Tech I
Austin, TX

The process took a day - interviewed at TxDOT in May 2012.

Interview Details – Just talked to the head engineer.

Interview Question – No questions, just talked about the job   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation

Accepted Offer

Negative Experience

Very Easy Interview

Welder Interview

El Paso, TX

I applied in-person and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at TxDOT in December 2009.

Interview Details – no high school diploma required,did application passed a welding exam passed a driving license background check went to several unnecessary interviews no high school diploma needed for this work passed probationary period

Interview Question – when will i continue my high school graduation?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – told my boss i would finish my high school diploma later

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Declined Offer

Negative Experience

Easy Interview

Transportation Engineer III Interview

Transportation Engineer III
Austin, TX

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at TxDOT in February 2014.

Interview Details – I received a call from a newly promoted engineering supervisor calling me in for a position for which I had applied earlier in the week. As I had just started with another employer, I arranged for an after-hours interview about a week later.

The formal interview was rote- written questions, and interviewer spent time furiously transcribing my verbal answers, instead of conversing and observing body language. I tried to ask some questions of my own, to try to get a feel for the work and the business processes, but that didn't go very far. We got through all of the questions from the employer side, but I was cut short when the interviewer got a call after we had been talking a little less than 1 hour. I didn't get a chance to see any of the current projects, learn anything about workload & backlog, and being after-hours, didn't meet any of the rest of the team.

I got a call the next day expressing interest (and a few more calls over the next couple of weeks while references were checked), and a verbal offer about 3-1/2 weeks after the interview. No written offer was given. I declined the offer (it was very low), and countered with a compromise amount between the lowball offer and my current salary. The counter-offer was declined and the original offer repeated, with a short time to "take-it-or-leave-it".

Interview Question – N/A- the questions were all designed to probe level of experience/ expertise with job description requirements. Two of the six or seven questions were virtually identical in scope, only phrased differently.   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Lowball offer, counter-offer which was well within advertised range was declined and lowball offer was repeated, unchanged, with a very short time to accept or decline (and no opportunity to learn more about the position or the work group).

In retrospect, I dodged a bullet when they declined my counter-offer. Based on behavior of the supervisor (and supposedly, his management), I would probably have been walking into a very unsatisfying workplace- and been taking a 10% pay cut for the privilege.

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Engineering Tech I Summer Intern Interview

Engineering Tech I Summer Intern

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at TxDOT in May 2009.

Interview Details – They called me in, asked me questions about my experience and how much math I knew. They said mostly basic algebra was necessary.

Interview Question – What was an experience you've had working in the field.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I did not negotiate

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Data Modeler Interview

Data Modeler
Austin, TX

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at TxDOT in August 2012.

Interview Details – Short hire meaning one interview. Phone interview, than in person interview. Interview lasted approximately one hour. Questions regarding data modeling only as what the job for. Interviewer not a modeler so way over her head - kinda like a deer in the headlights.

Interview Question – No difficult questions or unexpected questions. Only technical questions asked.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – State employment, no interview negotation.

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Engineer In Training Interview

Engineer In Training

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at TxDOT in May 2010.

Interview Details – The initial phase of the interview process was to apply online. I then went in and let them know in person that I had applied for the position, and inquired as to when decisions would be made. I was called a few days later and an interview was scheduled. The interview was fairly difficult. I was asked a series of questions that I was asked to answer untill I felt I had fully satisfied the question.

Interview Question – What do you think are the best qualities for an engineer to have   View Answers (2)

Negotiation Details – TxDOT is non negotiable with EIT offers

Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Maintenance Tech Interview

Maintenance Tech
Gainesville, TX

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at TxDOT in March 2011.

Interview Details – took way to long

Interview Questions

Reason for Declining – they wanted me to take a pay cut ( this is at the same I have been working at for 15 years)

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Planner Interview


I applied through other source and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at TxDOT.

Interview Details – Only those with inside connections get hired.

Interview Question – Tell me how you would handle a false accusation by a co-worker.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Baby steps.

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Auditor Interview

San Antonio, TX

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at TxDOT in July 2012.

Interview Details – I applied for the position in June and was called in July for an interview. I meet with the supervisor and had the interview. 3 weeks past and I got a call informing me that they had made a decision on the candidate and they had decided on me. I was a happy camper. 2 weeks later I received my official paperwork and will start on Oct 1.

Interview Question – What is determined to be clear evidence by IIA standards?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – The salary is already set by the state. Your offered will be based on your perceived skill level. I was offered the max for the position and I accepted. Once you are in the door and can prove your value the raise will come with the promotions.

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