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Environmental Planner
Stockton, CA

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Caltrans in September 2011.

Interview Details – applied online by taking an assessment test. Was called for an interview about a week later.
Interview panel had 3 people, only 1 tolerated being there. My future boss texted during the interview, hardly paying attention to my answers.
After the interview, met 2 of the interviewers outside the room. Both were kind, sweet and friendly. Complete 180 from the interview.

Was asked if I ever worked with endangered species, and to explain what federal and state environmental laws apply to CalTrans work.

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Environmental Planner Interview

Environmental Planner
San Diego, CA

The process took a day - interviewed at Caltrans in January 2009.

Interview Details – The hiring process started off with an online self-assessment to pre rank yourself. If you ranked high enough for an interview you are contacted to set up a time.

The interview process was 2 parts; written and oral. The written part of the interview was 20 minutes and it was a scenario that you had to talk about the environmental process of a proposed project. The oral portion of the interview was a 3 person panel interview where different questions were asked about yourself, experience and education.

Interview Question – Please name all acronyms that you know in the environmental field and explain what they are for.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiations at all

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Environmental Planner

The process took a day - interviewed at Caltrans in April 2012.

Interview Details – The interview process was very rigid, seven questions which were asked to all candidates over thirty minutes. No follow up questions (I suspect they were not permitted) throughout, and lots of writing going on while the interview took place. Once the "Do you have any questions for the panel?" question was asked, the interviewers finally were allowed to have personality and were all very nice people. Quality folks, I just wish I had been extended an offer - but all part of the game.

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  • How has your educational and professional background prepared you for this position?   Answer Question
  • Please explain your strengths and weaknesses as they relate to written and verbal communication   Answer Question
  • Please describe all of the acronyms you know as they relate to Environmental Planning   Answer Question
  • The environmental process took longer than expected for a project and has jeopardized funding for a Local Agency's project. The Local Agency Director is angry and blaming you for this. How do you handle this and how do you prevent this from happening in the future?   Answer Question
  • An engineer missed a deadline writing a technical report for a project. This missed deadline has jeopardized the funding of the entire project. How do you handle this and how do you prevent this from happening in the future?   Answer Question

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Environmental Planner Interview

Environmental Planner

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Caltrans in January 2008.

Interview Details – First online test, then on-site technical test and finally Board interview.

Interview Question – Ask for "real world" example for Environmental assessment.   Answer Question

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