City of Santa Monica California Interview Questions

5 Interview Reviews

Interview Experience

Interview Experience

25%
50%
25%

Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview

83%
16%

Interview Difficulty

3.5
Average

Interview Difficulty

Hard

Average

Easy

Interviews for Top Jobs at City of Santa Monica California

More

Candidate Interview Reviews

Sort: Popular Date Difficulty
  1.  

    Motor Coach Cleaner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Monica, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Monica, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 8+ monthsinterviewed at City of Santa Monica California.

    Interview Details

    Take the test, take interview 1 by non-city employees, then take interview 2 with your department manager. I can take up to a year to go through the selection process.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Pay scale is determined by a union contract.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Staff Assistant II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at City of Santa Monica California.

    Interview Details

    The hiring and interview process is a lengthy process. The interviews are conducted by a panel.

    Interview Questions
    • The departments seem more interested in you getting personally involved in co-workers business than ones capability to do the job.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    The only negotiation would be to start at a higher step but that isn't done often.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Records Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    long and sometimes no followup

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Interview Review
  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Staff Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Monica, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Monica, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at City of Santa Monica California in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    First, the applicant applies either online or in person with a hard copy application. If found qualified, the applicant is invited back for a written test which tests simple math abilities, grammar, reading comprehension, etc. When the applicant passes, they are invited back for a skills test with Microsoft Work and Excel, as well as a typing test. When those tests are passed, the applicant has a panel interview. Afterwards, the applicant is placed on a waiting list that is valid for 1 year. When a position opens up within a department, the applicant (depending on his placement on the waiting list) will get called for an interview with the dept. If the dept likes the applicant, an offer is made.

    Interview Questions
    • Give an example of the kind of customer service you've provided patrons in your previous employment.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No. The only way to negotiate your salary is to prove you have more than enough experience to qualify for a higher salary. Salaries are broken down into 5 year plans, each year a 5% increase from the previous year, until you cap out at the 5th year. You can negotiate to start off at the 2nd or 3rd year rate, rather than starting off at the 1st year rate, but the process must be backed by the dept director who is hiring you.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Planning Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at City of Santa Monica California in July 2010.

    Interview Details

    The interview was with a board of planners from other agencies. The set of questions were very standard to basic planning duties. The responses from the HR department were not friendly or helpful. I travelled a long way for the interview and was not treated with very much respect by the City itself.

    Interview Questions
    • How important is community outreach to the planning field and why?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

Work at City of Santa Monica California? Share Your Experiences

City of Santa Monica California

 
Click to Rate
or

The difficulty rating is the average interview difficulty rating across all interview candidates.

The interview experience is the percentage of all interview candidates that said their interview experience was positive, neutral, or negative.

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.