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Chicago Interview Questions

Updated Aug 8, 2014
Updated Aug 8, 2014
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    Rather Not Say Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 5+ monthsinterviewed at Chicago.

    Interview Details

    Had to get on the list of qualified employees and wait for name to be called. However, this was years ago and now it is done online.

    Interview Questions
    • It was not difficult, as I had all of the skills they were seeking.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Salaries are set by union contracts, so it was already set and not open to haggling.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Public Service Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Formal Procedure

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Aldermanic Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at Chicago in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    Was e-mailed to come in for an interview. Spoke on past experiences, personal life background, and academic life. Was offered job on the spot.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Aldermanic Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at Chicago in August 2012.

    Interview Details

    I was found from my college career center job/internship board. We went over my writing sample and discussed previous job/volunteer experience as well as senior thesis background.

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    Negotiation Details
    I was offered the position on the spot and took it.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Aldermanic Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a weekinterviewed at Chicago in May 2012.

    Interview Details

    I did not have an interview process. Those who get these positions are based on recommendations by the Alderman. Though, some people do apply formally, most who received the position knew the Alderman or someone in the office who recommended and/or referred them.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Deputy Commissioner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Chicago in December 2010.

    Interview Details

    Good. Position is "At Will" so hiring process was simple. My boss referred me to the hiring manager and gave him my resume. I later called him to confirm my interest. I later received a call to come in for an interview. I had one initial and another with the chief executive and his staff. I was later contacted with an offer.

    Interview Questions
    • Asked about how I would handle difficult people. The reason was due to Union issues that I found out about after taking the position.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I was offer two positions and given the ability to choose which one I wanted. This conversation was held as a conference call with both hiring executives on the phone at the same time. I had never had that happen to me.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Chicago in August 2010.

    Interview Details

    Apply at City Hall through online application. Interview is based on behavioral based question.
    Requires a City residence

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at Chicago in January 2009.

    Interview Details

    The focus was on the skills and idea generation of ways to help the CDPH in terms of allocating its personnel effectively. This was a series of talks with a few of the directors to really know my competency and what I could offer. Even for a volunteer position, they were very serious about bringing people in with solutions.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiations done (volunteer)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Technology Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Chicago in February 2007.

    Interview Details

    Being a city government the process is very slow and very long. Applied online and received a call from the recruiter. I requested for a phone interview which otherwise is not done as a regular practice. After the phone interview which was more like information exchange had the actual interview in about 2 weeks. The interview was with a Group. You will doing alot of paperwork as they need alot of information about you and past jobs, etc. One of the conditions is to live in the city during your tenure as an employee. After the group interview had another personal interview 1:1 more about work culture and environment etc. Very thorough back ground check including criminal, academics, references, etc.

    Laid back atmosphere and lack of motivation says it all why things dont move in government. More stress on finger pointing than issue resolution and lack of ownership/responsibility.

    Interview Questions
    • How do you think you will adjust in Government entity especially if not coming from Government organization?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Unfortunately the salary is nearly non-negotiable sue to strict government guidelines. But if you are intelligent you can negotiate paid time-off. No work from home policy. No bonus but you save on state taxes.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Policy Intern Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Chicago.

    Interview Details

    Position is basically what title says. I worked in city hall as an intern focusing on policy. Mainly economic and zoning policy. The interview process is not a traditional one, rather one where the people actually engage in conversation with you through which they will gauge your interest.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation needed.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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