TxDOT Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Summer Intern (Traffic Operations) Interview (Neutral Experience)
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
Very Easy Interview
Engineering Tech I Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy Interview)
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
Very Easy Interview
Welder Interview (Negative Experience; Very Easy Interview)
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
Transportation Engineer III Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
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.
Engineering Tech I Summer Intern Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
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
Data Modeler Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
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.
Engineer In Training Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
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
Maintenance Tech Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at TxDOT in March 2011.
Interview Details – took way to long
Reason for Declining – they wanted me to take a pay cut ( this is at the same I have been working at for 15 years)
Planner Interview (Neutral Experience; Average 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.
Auditor Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
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.