Interviewed at City of San José
Interview Details – I would like to share my experience to everybody. I applied the senior accountant job online and received a e-mail a month later. it wrote that I am not qualified and cannot go for next step of hiring process. I wrote an e-mail back to the HR and asked for explanation. I mentioned that your ad. required 2 years bookkeeping or accountant experience and need high school graduated. And I had over 8 years experience and Bachelor degree with passing all sections of CPA exam. 4 days later, HR called me and said I only had two months bookkeeping job and it's not long enough. I asked her on the phone how about another accountant job I worked for 8 years. She said IT WAS A PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANT JOB AND NOT QUALIFIED FOR ACCOUNTING CLERICAL JOB. I answered her "WHAT??? THIS IS MOST RIDICULOUS EXCUSE I NEVER HEARD. I NEED A WRITTEN EXPLANATION AND SEND TO MY E-MAIL BOX PLEASE. Then I hanged up the phone. A minute later, a phone rang, it's the same lady informed me I am qualified for this job and need to take a exam next day.. What a Bxxx Sxxx place. I didn't show up the exam next day. I refuse to work in such place.
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at City of San José in June 2013.
Interview Details – I was asked to come in for an interview via email. The interview consisted of a panel of three people, each a person in a management position within a different division looking to hire for my position. I was asked into the conference room and told that I only have 30 minutes to answer the questions. They had taped a list of the questions to the table in front of me. The person heading the interview simply asked if I was ready to begin and then she read me the first question and waited for me to respond. The first question was very open-ended - "Tell us why you are a good fit for this position". I was concerned about time (since I still had 5 questions to answer) so I hit the main points and didn't go into much detail. The rest of the questions were not very opened ended and did not require much detail, so I wish I would have spent more time on the first question. Some of the questions were strange - one of them was along the lines of "If you could tell the CEO's of major companies one thing, what would it be?". I remember one other question was, "tell us about a time you had to work with a variety of people with different personalities". After I answered the questions they said, "That concludes the interview questions. Is there anything you would like to add or ask us?" I re-iterated why I was good for the position and asked a few questions. After they answered my questions they shook my hand and ushered me out the door. All in all it was the most strange and awkward interview I have ever experienced. The questions were all over the place. I did not get the job.
Interview Question – If you could tell the CEO's of major companies one thing, what would it be Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at City of San José in June 2013.
Interview Details – The hiring process consists of a panel of 2 or 3 people that will ask you various questions and scenarios related to how you would succeed in accomplishing the task. They will put you in a scenario of how to provide the best solutions in a case that you are unable to provide the correct information to the customer and they will evaluate how you respond to the situation.
Interview Question – None I can think of. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There weren't any negations in terms of salary or hourly wage. After the interview you were given the option to choose which Library branch that you would like to work at and the hour that you were available to work. If they chose you as a candidate to work, you'd get a call from them a few days or a week after the interview that you received the job.
I applied online and interviewed at City of San José.
Interview Details –
submit resume to city website
get call and do interview
wait for call for position
Interview Question – Why are manholes circular and not square or triangular Answer Question
Negotiation Details – How many hours can you work?
Very Difficult Interview
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at City of San José in October 2010.
Interview Details –
Queried City of San jose jobs online in Finance/Accounting. Applied on-line via an application with resume and cover letter attached. Employer (Environmental Services Department) called me to set up an interview. A panel of 4 people interviewed me - each one would ask a multi-part question and the remaining people would listen and watch for body language. The panel was composed of the following people: the supervisor, a consultant, and two managers from other departments.
I feel it was unfair asking multi-part questions in a stressful situation like this. It was hard to remember the sub-questions when the whole question was very lengthy. It would be better if they would give me a written copy of the questions that they were reading from so that I could do a better job of answering them.
Interview Question – Please tell us about a time when you had to work with a difficult person, such as a customer, co-worker, or someone from outside the organization. What were the issues, how did you handle it, and what was the outcome? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at City of San José in August 2010.
Interview Details – I was interviewed by a panel of 3 people and asked questions that should show the ablility to perform duties of the job.
Interview Question – Tell me your experience working in a waste water plant. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I would not take any job with the city with out getting as much up front because next year you will be forced to give up some thing to solve the budget or to make it better for some one else.
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at City of San José in September 2010.
Interview Details – I was interviewed by the senior executive analysts. My interview was very short. They asked very general questions about customer service. Also questions about my experience at my current employer. They didn't ask the basic of tell me about yourself type of questions. The office was quiet. No follow ups from the place even after sending thank you letters to them. Dress up for the interview. They met me with blazers and button up shirts.
I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at City of San José in February 2010.
Interview Details – It was an 8-person panel from the same department but the these 8 people were from different divisions. Each person asked a only a couple of questions regarding the experience I had related to the position I applied. They also described briefly the duties for each division
Interview Question – Describe your experience related to environmental service field Answer Question
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at City of San José in January 2010.
Interview Details – One on one interview
Interview Question – Tell me about yourself, describe a difficult situation where you have to deal with a difficult customer Answer Question
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