Caltrans Environmental Planner Interview Questions

Updated Sep 5, 2014
Updated Sep 5, 2014
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Environmental Planner Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Marysville, CA
Anonymous Interview Candidate in Marysville, CA
Application Details

I applied through other source. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Caltrans.

Interview Details

The process began with an online "test" (questionnaire) regarding qualifications to place you on an eligibility list. Received 95% and was ranked in the first list of eligibility. Received call for interview about 2-3 months later. Interview panel of 2 with a series of 6 questions asked. The questions were fairly general discussing qualifications, experience in team setting, ability to multitask, writing skills, & a reiteration of why you're a good fit for the position. As you speak your answers they write and don't say very much or ask many follow up questions to your responses. The questions are also there for you to read along as they ask.

Interview Questions
  • Upon reconstruction of a bridge over a river what types of issues/impacts would you expect to encounter, what types of documents would you need to prepare, what would be your role(s)/responsibilities in the project   Answer Question
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Positive Experience
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    Environmental Planner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Stockton, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Stockton, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed 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.

    Interview Questions
    • What did you do to prepare for this interview   Answer Question
    • Name the federal and state environmental laws as they apply to the work of Caltrans   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Environmental Planner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Environmental Planner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed 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.

    Interview Questions
    • 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
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Environmental Planner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Caltrans in January 2008.

    Interview Details

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

    Interview Questions
    • Ask for "real world" example for Environmental assessment.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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