Chicago Transit Authority Interview Questions

Updated Apr 29, 2015
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    Coordinator, Leave Management Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Chicago Transit Authority (Chicago, IL) in April 2015.

    Interview

    Phone interview followed by a written application. Then team structured interviews with set questions were scheduled. Opportunities to ask questions were provided by each team. The questions were designed to illicit methodogy, knowledge base, thinking on your feet, and confidence. Each team asked 4 questions and notes were taken. I was then asked to wait while the teams compared notes.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Interview

    There was a brief phone interview, and within a couple of weeks of the phone interview, I was asked to join in a group interview. Within that, we were divided into smaller groups and asked to solve a simple marketing case. From there, I was later invited to interview with the managers. From application submission to third round interview, it took less than a month.

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    • I was asked why I had a gap in my resume, even though I'm a student. Didn't expect that. Otherwise most questions were standard.   Answer Question
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    Labor Relations Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Chicago Transit Authority in July 2014.

    Interview

    I applied for the position and the first interview was scheduled fairly quicky, within approximately two weeks of submission. I was given several time slots to select from, which is standard, and I was called for the interview on time. The first interview went fairly well. It was a telephone interview with two people asking standard questions (i.e. tell me about a time when ... tell me about your experience doing ...). We spent a lot of time discussing my current job because it was in a related area to the position that I was applying for. There was not a lot that was unexpected from the interview questions. The only real concern from the first interview was that it was an out of town position and the interviewer seemed to have discovered, JUST prior to calling where I lived. That information is at the top of my resume.

    I hoped for a second interview and received the call to schedule it about 4 or 5 days later. It went downhill from there. The person that called only identified himself as calling from the company and said that he wanted to schedule me for a second interview two days later just after 9:00 am. Since I am currently working and had a meeting scheduled with my department heads at that time, I asked if there were any other times available. He had none. He said that he would check and let me know that day so I offered him my available windows during that day in hopes that there would be some cross match. I didn't receive a return call. The following day, I emailed the person that scheduled the first interview, gave a brief summary of what occurred, and asked if she had any information about scheduling the second interview. I never received a response or a return telephone call. I was incredibly suprised about this because it was clear from my resume and the first interview that I had a job, which I thought would mean there would be the most basic flexibility in scheduling subsequent interviews

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    • All of the questions were fairly standard interview questions about job experiences and specific incidents to allow them to guage your style of working.   Answer Question
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    Electrical Worker Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5+ monthsinterviewed at Chicago Transit Authority.

    Interview

    after submitting resume it took FOREVER to get any response, they even lost my resume once, had to hound them about getting a job, interview was fairly simple and easy, written and hands on tests were pretty easy as well as long as you know what you're doing

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    Negotiation

    no negotiating. each trade starts off at the same pay for everyone within that trade. you make the same as everyone else in your trade from day one. nice for the new people but can be irritating for those who have been there for several years. complacency can creep in once you get your first firsthand lesson that those who don't work as hard and those who don't know as much make the same as those who care and work hard and learn more.

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    Law Clerk Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Interview

    I applied through my Law School's Career Services office and was selected for a phone interview.

    Interview Questions

    • What was the most challenging thing I had experienced during my first year at law school and how did I overcome it. I was also asked: What is your favorite law class? What can you tell us about yourself that we can't learn from your resume? Why do you want to work at CTA?   2 Answers
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Chicago Transit Authority (Chicago, IL).

    Interview

    Applied online. The interview was a group interview

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    Executive Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Chicago Transit Authority (Chicago, IL).

    Interview

    I received a phone call from HR letting me know they wanted me to come in for an interview the next day. I was told I would be interviewing with a Recruiter and was given the name of the recruiter. I was uninformed that it would be a panel interview until I walked into the interview room. I sat with the HR Vice President, a Recruiter and a HR Assistant. They would each ask a question and hurriedly write down everything I said and scored my answer. The interview was a bit awkward for me while I sat there and waited for them to stop writing. It was the most gruesome hour long interview I have ever had.

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    • Explain a time you had to do something you didn't want to do.   1 Answer
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    Project Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Chicago Transit Authority (Chicago, IL) in August 2013.

    Interview

    I had a phone interview with CTA recently for a Project Specialist position.The panel (two people working on the project) called me 15 minutes late to start the interview and started laughing uncontrollably during the conversation and actually hung up on me. I waited a few minutes before I called back and they said they didn't even realize the call had ended. I don't think I would want to work for CTA after this experience.

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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    interviewed at Chicago Transit Authority (Chicago, IL) in May 2013.

    Interview

    I had one behavioral interview with the basic STAR format questions. I talked to an HR representative and my engineering manager individually for about 4-5 questions each. Both people were very friendly and personable. They mainly look for determined and involved candidates, and do not expect you to have much technical experience starting out.

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    • All in the "discuss a time when you had to..." format. Nothing too out of the ordinary.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I did not try to negotiate but I am almost certain the pay is determined by your year in school and not negotiable.

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    Human Resource Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in North Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Chicago Transit Authority (North Chicago, IL) in March 2013.

    Interview

    It was a dress made up of scripted questions. I felt as if I was being tested. There was little room to elaborate on my answers. I felt it was rehearsed and not natural. I evidently impressed them because I was offered the job

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    • Why would I be a good fit for the company?   1 Answer

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