City and County of San Francisco Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 13, 2014
Updated Aug 13, 2014
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  1.  

    Student Design Trainee II Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at City and County of San Francisco in May 2012.

    Interview Details

    You may get contacted for an interview months after submitting an application. Interview was very formal. Applicant is called in to meet, answer some engineering-related questions, answer some questions regarding work flow. Most questions will be regarding the kind of work that you will be doing on a day to day basis. Depending on which office you are interviewing with, they will ask job-specific items and see how you answer them. I had to answer five questions before my interview was completed.

    Interview Questions
    • Before having the verbal interview, you are presented with a piece of paper with a problem on it, and you are required to provide a solution to it.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Systems Data Analyst Interview

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    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    applied from online posting, took 2 months for someone to get back to me schedule an interview. Initial phone interview , hard time trying the understand the person , heavy accent.

    Interview Questions
    • asking actually abtout sql queries over the phone which were kind of hard to think about when not in front of the computer, Kinda didnt make sense.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Student Design Trainee II Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 4 months - interviewed at City and County of San Francisco in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    They call you after a few months of applying for the position, once you have the interview, it also take a while after they call you. I heard they are getting better on this

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Clinical Social Worker Interview

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

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 2 months - interviewed at City and County of San Francisco in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    This was a contract position, so it didn't require the usual testing to be placed on a list process that is common for City and County jobs. I submitted my resume, was invited for an interview, and then completed the hiring process with another company that administers pay and benefits. Technically, you are an employee of the contracted company, but you are hired, supervised/managed, and even fired (if that comes up) by employees of the City and County.

    Interview Questions
    • It wasn't a technical question at all, just pointless. I was asked what my zodiac sign is.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiations- contract position.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Student Design Trainee II Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Interview Details

    The initial interview was over the phone. After a phone interview I went into the office and met with the Senior Engineer and the Manager. They asked general questions about my experience to see how well I fit with the company.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Wasn't interested.

    Declined Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Junior Management Assistant - Human Resources Interview

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    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at City and County of San Francisco.

    Interview Details

    The panel interview format was formal, to be expected from the city government process. In this case it was particularly cold, not much acknowledgement beyond the 'hello' and 'goodbye' pleasantries. There was no time allotted for candidates to ask questions or add any comments, nor was there any information given on next steps in the candidate selection process.

    Interview Questions
    • What would you do in a situation in which a relative of a city employee calls to ask about medical or other benefits of the employee?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    1406 Senior Clerk Interview

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    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed through other source - interviewed at City and County of San Francisco.

    Interview Details

    Apply online for exam to establish a list eligibility. After establishing a list eligibility, hiring departments will contact you via email for job vacancies. You will be contacted for any openings for the job class. If you are interested, you will submit an interest form through URL specified in the email. If you are not interested, no action is needed, and you will remain on the list.

    Interview Questions
    • Situational scenario question. Was given competing 4 situations, and asked what I would do.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Lifeguard Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    A two part interview... Featuring a Mandatory skills assessment, and panel interview. A thorough online application tests your ability to follow directions.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Management Assistant Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Had to take 2 tests for the 1840 & 1842, and 1844 series. The 1844 test included budget and analysis questions which were more difficult. 1840 and 1842 were not so bad, a lot of stock knowledge similar to SAT-type questions. Some of the tests were held in a large room with maybe 300 people.

    Interview Questions
    • You must take the written test and rank high enough before you can be considered for an interview. Interview questions were normal and not too difficult.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation - salaries are known (public information).
    Accepted Offer
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    Victim Witness Investigator Interview

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

    I interviewed online. The process took 6 weeks - interviewed at City and County of San Francisco.

    Interview Details

    Applied online for a Victim Witness Investigator position in the San Francisco District Attorney's office. About 2 to 3 weeks later, was called to interview at the Hall of Justice. First, there was a written test. After, sat for a panel interview of 3 supervisors and 1 HR rep. This interview was very structured, much like the oral boards for a law enforcement position. A couple days later, I received a call to come in for a second interview. This interview was a panel interview with three of DA's senior management from different departments. The questions were the standard: Why do you want to work here? What experience do you have working with diversity? Tell me about a time when..., etc. What really stands out about this 2nd interview was just how conversational it felt. I noticed the panel took very few notes and were very willing to leave their scripted questions to engage me on the responses I was providing. A few hours after the interview, I was called to interview with the District Attorney himself. This interview, while still formal, was fairly relaxed. The interviewers consisted of the DA and the hiring manager. It went pretty quick, perhaps lasting 10 to 15 mins. The questions were very open ended: Why do you want to work here? What are your strengths and weaknesses? What do you have to offer? Later that day, I was offered the position by phone. Overall, despite extensive vetting, the interview process was very efficient and everyone involved was extremely pleasant.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me a little about yourself. Most difficult interview question ever.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. Salaries are established by union contract. You start at the bottom of the range.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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