City of Calgary Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 19, 2014
Updated Aug 19, 2014
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  1.  

    Recreation Leader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at City of Calgary in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    Behavioural interview - City of calgary posts the questions online check out their website.
    Also, be prepared to present a game (like soccer or card game) to show you can work with kids and know how to play games. I suggest just going online and picking camp games.

    Sometimes they do a panel interview, the key is knowing how to work with people.

    Interview Questions
    • IF you could be an animal what animal would it be and why?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No real room for negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Summer Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at City of Calgary in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    1. Find a position on the City's website
    2. Pass through screening questions
    3. Load Cover Letter and Resume in one file
    4. Get an Interview

    Interview is based on STAR approach (Situation\Task - Action - Result). You need to try to understand what qualifications are necessary for the posting and try to find any examples for the interview.

    Examples of your previous projects could help a lot.

    Interview Questions
    • When last time you did not follow the rules. How is is affected your business?   Answer Question
    • When the last time you made an error and what were the consequences?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    As far as I understood, if you are a new hire, there is no negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Business Process Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at City of Calgary.

    Interview Details

    Apply online and followed the application / interview process as laid out on the website. There are no surprises, they follow this process to the letter. Interview process is based on STAR (Situation/ Task/ Action/ Result) although there is opportunity for you to ask questions at the end.

    Interview Questions
    • Name a time you implemented an unpopular process and what did you do to ensure its success?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Any Postion With the City! Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The City uses questions where you are required to give a SPECIFIC situation you were in, the action YOU took, and the result. Many people fail this because they give a generalized "what they would do" answer (which is a fail), or they highlight actions of their entire team instead of their own contributions (another fail). Applicants should look at the HR website which outlines the process more.

    Interview Questions
    • Name a time when you led a project committee and others on your committee were not carrying their weight.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  6.  

    Customer Service Attendant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Application Details

    I interviewed in-person. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at City of Calgary in August 2010.

    Interview Details

    I sent a resume, then I got a call telling me they wanted an interview, then I showed up for an interview. In the interview they asked me a series of questions, probably about twenty. The questions were to be answered in STAR format (Situation, Task, Action, Result)

    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation phase.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Anonymous Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    We had to apply in person, complete an application form and pass an examination for basic skills in map reading and logic and administration.

    Interview Questions
    • No specific question, although hadn't expected the "test." It was perfectly fair, nothing tricky about it.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    You could indicate your preference for location. I was offered work in a neighbouring community in my own ward, so I was able to vote at work.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Waste and Recycling Driver Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 days - interviewed at City of Calgary.

    Interview Details

    Interviewed in a downtown office for seasonal employment.

    Interview Questions
    • Will you be able to compete with younger, stronger workers   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    I was offered a different position with the city at that time

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Process Procedure & Report Analyst Interview

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    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at City of Calgary in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    I have a interview on Nov. 15th 2013 regarding to the position of Process Procedure & Report Analyst with Public Safety Communications department. At the beginning of the interview, the interviewer introduce that all the behavioral questions are following the STAR (Situation, task, action, and rebuilt) format. Your answer will be filled under each of the STAR section. In addition, you have a chance to skip the question but you have to get back to it at the end.

    Remember to phrase all your examples in the STAR format.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Business Process Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at City of Calgary in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    Applied over their online site and was called in for an interview. Team interview of the hiring manager, subordinate and HR rep. They pretty strictly follow the STARS approach, (situation, task, action, result), and don't concern themselves too much with discussion of previous roles. Received an offer one week after interview and accepted as was.

    Interview Questions
    • "Tell me about an occasion where you were leading a project and part way through something change and you were unable to achieve the deliverables."   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Planning Technician Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - interviewed at City of Calgary in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    Initial call came a few of days after the competition closed. Called for a test on Friday and wrote it on Monday. They said if I passed I would be called for an interview in a week and a half or so. Was called the very next day to set up an interview. The interview was scheduled a week and a half later. Did not feel I did well at the interview and am sure I will not be getting an offer, but sensed definite age discrimination too. (I am an older person) By the end of the interview I knew they were not interested because of the hints they dropped about "we've interviewed 20 people already", "it's a very demanding job". They were very polite of course, but you can read between the lines.

    Interview Questions
    • What company policy or procedure did you NOT agree with and didn't want to follow?

      What was an example of when you DIDN"T pay attention to detail and what happened?
        View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

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