City of Raleigh Interview Questions

Updated Sep 21, 2014
Updated Sep 21, 2014
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    Emergency Telecommunicator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Raleigh, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Raleigh, NC
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 4 months - interviewed at City of Raleigh in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Interview process consists of three members of middle-to-upper management. They interviewed so many candidates and on so many different days, the board could vary wildly depending on who you were sitting in front of. I lucked out and shared some geographical background with one of the interviewers and found out we knew the same people, so I was able to get the person to get side tracked and make it very friendly. I walked out of the interview knowing that I had the job, although there were more things that I needed to do like the psychological exam, which is a whole other beast. The psychological exam consists of several lengthy personality inventory tests and a sit-down that is actually more like a job interview than the actual interview was. The guy they contract even says it's more of an interview than the actual job interview. They give you a grade in the psychological interview, and usually everyone "normal" gets a B. They say they obviously don't hire failures, but at the same time they are very hesitant to hire As because they tend to be people who don't fit the conformism that they require for the job. Conformism is my word, not theirs, but it perfectly describes the type of people they are looking for.

    Interview Questions
    • During the psychological exam the guy asks you if you watch porn and what types of porn you watch. He expects details.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation was available. It was take-it or leave-it.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Lead Counselor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Raleigh, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Raleigh, NC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 days - interviewed at City of Raleigh in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    I applied online by email. I received a response from the employer the next day by email. I then arranged transportation. I eneded up having to jog to my interview and arrived in sweaty business attire and out of breath. Luckily, the position was for a recreation center. The interview was easy. I just answered questions as if it was someone asking random questions. He offered me the job on the spot and I accepted.

    Negotiation Details
    N/A
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    GIS Specialist With Public Utilities Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Raleigh, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Raleigh, NC
    Application Details

    I applied through other source - interviewed at City of Raleigh in July 2010.

    Interview Details

    Interview was easy since the people (2 of 3) had no idea what GIS is, does or can do. I was asked what kind of car I would be and why. I felt this to be a pretend executive question. (After working for this person, I stand by that opinion.) My experience began with a red flag. The call to interview was placed at 7:15 am. While scheduling my interview, my future boss put me on hold, while admittedly driving, to take Nextel field calls that I clearly overheard. It wasn't classy, nor professional. After I interviewed, I was called by my future boss and offered the job, then he asked me to drive 2 hours to some remote town (where he had a work event) to meet and discuss the job. He clearly stated this was against City policy. Needing the job, I complied. He consumed alcohol and drove a Public Utilities vehicle in my presence. I'm certain that is against policy. For over an hour, this person did nothing more than tell me who could and could not be trusted at the office. Very reminiscent of high school. Some things this person said were alarming, but i tried to reason it by thinking, "This is just one person's opinion." That later proved to be a mistake. I needed the job so I downplayed the whole ordeal. If I could do it again, I'd have very choice words for this person and their actions. Sadly, it is my opinion, based on sick things I've seen at that place, that had I expressed my concerns during the pre-hire meeting, I wouldn't have gotten a go to work there.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Negotiation wasn't a problem. Getting proof of hire was. I asked for proof of hire and was provided with a forwarded email regarding the agreement of my hire between interview panelists. My boss specifically told me this was not kosher, but it was all the person had. The person asked me to not tell anyone they'd sent this info to me. This person also failed to contact me when my background check and drug screen passed. When I called, about a week after the drug screen, it was pretty clear the person simply failed to call me, which impacted my resignation from current job, moving, scheduling moving and everything else that a decent human associates with competence.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    IT Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Raleigh, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Raleigh, NC
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 days - interviewed at City of Raleigh in May 2008.

    Interview Details

    All government hiring requires a drug and background test. I participated in a Panel interview, but not all employees undergo this process. It is at the discretion of the hiring manager and senior management.

    I completely botched the interview, except for the part where I convinced the City I was talented and dedicated enough to see the internship through. New hires are evaluated on ability and experience first, personality and drive second, and ability to show up in clothing third.

    Interview Questions
    • Where do you see yourself in five years?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I didn't negotiate, the salary for the position was fixed by the intern program.

    I will say this though: aim high. Your salary for your entire tenure at the City of Raleigh is based on your starting salary. Merit increases were insignificant and a major contribution to my decision to leave, cost of living was canned during the financial crisis, and longevity pay has been dramatically reduced from what it once was. What you make the entire time you work for the City is going to reflect that starting salary.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Planning Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at City of Raleigh.

    Interview Details

    Interviews are usually group interviews. Questions are usually detailed and specific to job. Management usually offers a comfortable atmosphere to conduct the interview.

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

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