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City of Houston Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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No Offer

Neutral Experience

Human Resources Interview

Human Resources

Interviewed at City of Houston

Interview Details – Applied on line. Application status changed from "received application" to "departmental reviewing". It has been 2 months and no updates. I called to follow up and was told cannot speak to hiring manager. I asked if position was still open and lady informed me she did not know. Asked her for advice on what to do. She said we are slow at hiring and just keep checking your status on line. Very frustrating and unprofessional on their part. If one is not qualified then change status to not qualified.

Interview Question – Lack of communication from city.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Police Sergeant Interview

Police Sergeant

I applied online and the process took 8 months - interviewed at City of Houston.

Interview Details – It is a very long and difficult process to become a hostage negotiator. One must study the department's policies, remember officer safety and concerns, and prepare for the scenarios. Additionally, an officer must have a stellar back ground and be highly recommended by supervisors. This is a very long process that takes almost a year. Once one is selected for the school, the school is three weeks. So, considering all the training, one can assume he/she must be prepared.

Interview Question – This is a secret. Applicants will have to figure that out on their own. It is one of the reasons the process is difficult.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Financial Analyst IV Interview

Financial Analyst IV

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 months - interviewed at City of Houston.

Interview Details – Most of my interviews were informal and the job postings were posted out of formality. They already usually know who they are hiring. Human Resources is constantly re-assigned to different departments, which slows down the hiring process.


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No Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Management Analyst II Interview

Management Analyst II

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at City of Houston.

Interview Details – Applied online and was invited for interview, interview had three young professional panel members and they were very friendly and in my opinion the interview was very easy.

Interview Question – what skills and experience i would bring to the job if hired   Answer Question


No Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Senior Trainer Interview

Senior Trainer
Houston, TX

The process took 5 days - interviewed at City of Houston in March 2009.

Interview Details – We have a formal process for advertising job opportunities. The process is very structured and requires applicants to submit application and resumes via an online applicaiton.

Interview Question – What are your expectations of the organization?   View Answer


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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Analyst Interview

Analyst
Houston, TX

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at City of Houston in April 2012.

Interview Details – I was called in for an interview and offered the job a week later! The panel consisted of 3 people and the questions were not rocket science. My advice would be to study the position you applied for and have a set of questions to ask to show interest in the job you'll be doing. It shows the interviewer that you took time to read the qualifications. Benefits and pay are decent. Learn as much as you can after starting because it will pay off in the long run when other opportunities are presented.

Interview Question – How do you deal with difficult co-workers?   View Answer


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Very Easy Interview

Administrative Assistant Interview

Administrative Assistant
Houston, TX

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at City of Houston in June 2008.

Interview Details – I submitted an application online, they called me for an interview , the manager was nice and questions were about back ground

Interview Question – No unexpected questions   View Answer

Negotiation Details – there was no negotiation


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Mechanic III Interview

Mechanic III

I applied in-person and the process took 3 months - interviewed at City of Houston in February 2009.

Interview Details – First, do not expect the hiring process to be quick. There is the application screening process, then interviews (1 to 4 depending on the position), then the actual selection process. It can easily take 3 months from application to starting date. Interviews are typically done by a panel, and usually consist of a series of questions that may or may not be relevant to the job. Interviewers seem to like black and white answers and dislike any answer that doesn't defer to policy.

Interview Question – "Why are you the best candidate for the job?"   View Answer

Negotiation Details – There is little if any room for salary negotiation below the executive level.


No Offer

Negative Experience

Easy Interview

Financial Analyst IV Interview

Financial Analyst IV
Houston, TX

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at City of Houston in April 2013.

Interview Details – Manager was late to the interview. She did not seem interested in interviewing me. It was like just part of a process that she had to follow. The job was reposted the day before my interview. My theory is if you are not really interested in hiring me, DONT waste my time. There were several people there on the same day to interview. One person left before me and one was waiting after me. They had no intention off hiring any of us.

Interview Question – Unexpected questions....Who would you give the unoccupied office to, a person that already works here and wants the office or the new person coming into the job that normally works in that office?   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Graduate Engineer Interview

Graduate Engineer
Houston, TX

The process took 2 days - interviewed at City of Houston in April 2009.

Interview Details – It was amazing. It as a small group interview with lots of challenging but worthwhile questions. They were very kind and respectful.

Interview Question – What is Manning's equation for pipe flow?   View Answer

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