Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
Interviews for Top Jobs at Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
- Project Manager (3)
- Senior IT Security Analyst (1)
- Director (1)
- IV&V Lead (1)
- Intern (1)
- Summer (1)
- Summer Intern (1)
- Summer Internship (1)
- No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (Laurel, MD) in July 2014.
Primary Manager didn't have time to stay for all the interview. It was clear they had already decided on someone else. Another interviewer asked usual questions, nothing unexpected. But they wanted a known persona, who would not rock the boat of the bureaucracy there, yet who could handle difficult managers resistant to quality improvements. A tough combination. Never heard any more in spite of the promise not to leave me hanging.
- Describe how you handle difficult managers. Answer Question
- No OfferPositive Experience
I applied online. The process took 2 days – interviewed at Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (Laurel, MD) in October 2013.
Submitted resume on company web site. Got a very polite negative response email within 48 hours. This clear, timely feedback was very refreshing. I have worked here on contract and found the employees to be competent and friendly. Management generally has clear and well articulated goals and procedures.
- I did not get an interview. Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (Laurel, MD) in September 2013.
Was invited for interview within two weeks of application. Within one week of first interview, was invited for second interview as a finalist for position. The interview process and all communications were extremely professional, as were the interview panelists. Time allotment for the interviews was communicated upfront. Questions were directly relevant to the position. Consistent questions for all interviewees; panel took notes.
- Did you exceed self-expectations in your current position? An unexpected question, but a good one. Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3+ months – interviewed at Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.
Other writers reflect my experience; hiring at WSSC is exceptionally slow, think MONTHS not days. And lots of silence. If you are interested in a job soon, skip WSSC. Further, my sense is that WSSC may have been threatened with legal action at some point regarding their hiring as the process is EXCEPTIONALLY methodical, documented, observed, and detailed. I was interviewed by four technical specialists with an HR observer in the room. They had a list of 15 technical questions in my engineering field, and wouldn't give any context beyond repeating the question. Each of the panelists wrote down impressions regarding my answers to every question. It wasn't a conversation, it was more like a test. Followed with five 'personality' questions, like "tell me about a time when you faced a tough challenge, etc." nothing out of bounds.
- One question included an two-letter abbreviation that could have had multiple meanings and the interviewer couldn't clarify. Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 1 day – interviewed at Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission in March 2011.
The interview process for one of the summer internships at WSSC was fairly painless. After sending in your online application (which is very short and simple), HR contacts you about scheduling an interview. If you are selected for an interview, you tell them what time you are available. All interviews for all of their internships are scheduled on a single day, but you can probably discuss it and reschedule if you can't make it on that day. When you arrive, you're directed to the interview room, and you sign in with HR. Then you wait with the other interviewees, until HR calls you to your interview. You get interviewed in the same large room that all other interviewees get interviewed in, so it can be a bit loud and distracting. That said, the questions they ask you are very typical (Tell me about yourself. Why do you want to join WSSC? What will you bring to the company?). The interviewers are very friendly and uncritical; they're expecting unpracticed students. After your interview, WSSC contacts you within about a month about the decision. I thought the whole process was fairly simple and very professional.
- What will you bring to our office? 1 Answer
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