City of San Diego
City of San Diego Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Deputy City Attorney I Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at City of San Diego
Interview Details – Background + Cover Letter + Resume. Informal interview with criminal division leader and a support attorney. Pretty standard qualifications interview with presentation of a simple rebuttal argument for closing arguments, time limit 3 mins.
Interview Question – Was expecting to do an opening statement, and instead gave a closing rebuttal argument. Answer Question
Student Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at City of San Diego in September 2011.
Interview Details – One interview downtown in their large complex office (they just moved it, so I don't know which it is now).
About 5 questions (I believe). Most of which are very focused on school experience, school activities (orgs.), and conflict resolution type questions (how do you resolve ____ type of issue).
Interview Question – "Give an example of when you needed to take a leadership position and succeeded." Answer Question
Intern Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at City of San Diego in March 2012.
Interview Details – Very basic interview process. Every department handles their own interviews. I interviewed with two people. One gave me a list of questions to answer and then the other went completely off script.
Interview Question – Nothing unexpected. View Answer
Negotiation Details – The salary is a set rate, no benefits.
Recreation Leader I Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at City of San Diego in August 2009.
Interview Details – There was one interview. The management liked the fact that I had volunteered for Special Olympics for handicapped youth, since they participated in Special Olympics for senior citizens.
Interview Question – Can you run the Childrens' Ceramic class? View Answer
Negotiation Details – I made $5.61/hr.
Management Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at City of San Diego.
Interview Details – The hiring and interview progress was standard City procedures.
Interview Question – How did you overcome an uncomfortable situation? Answer Question
Student Intern Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 5 months - interviewed at City of San Diego.
Interview Details – Applied through school's website, was offered an in-person interview. The interview was with a panel of 4 people from the city, and four questions were asked, all of which were given to me beforehand. The questions were straightforward, non-technical, and expected. Overall an easy interview.
Negotiation Details – No negotiation was involved.
Biologist Interview (Negative Experience)
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at City of San Diego.
Interview Details – Apply for a position that could be with any Department within the City. Once approved by personnel as qualified for that position -- you get on a qualified candidate list that is usually active for a year. When Depts have vacancies, they select candidates for interview from the qualified candidate lists. You are invited to an interview with a minimum of 3 reviewers. Interview has preselected questions. All candidates get the same questions. Interviews only last 30 mins (occasionally up to 45 mins). Usually 5-6 questions -- often with a 'ringer' question towards the end. Little interaction and follow up discussion from the interview panel -- it is discouraged (they say in order to keep the interview unbiased).
Interview Question – They usually include a technical question that only insiders usually know the answer to. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Salaries are set within bands so there is little room for negotiation
Financial Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at City of San Diego in August 2011.
Interview Details – Two behavioral interviews - 2+ people each time
Reason for Declining – Benefits were very poor compared to other local governments - and not reflected by increased salaries
SWPPP Inspector Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at City of San Diego in September 2010.
Interview Details – Well not entirely complete with the process. I passed the first test period and had a brief phone interview that resulted in a scheduled panel interview next week.
Interview Question – How does my experience relate to this job? Answer Question