I applied online and the process took 8 months - interviewed 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 Question – Would you clean up vomit on a bus? View Answer
Negotiation Details – Pay scale is determined by a union contract.
I applied in-person and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed 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 Question – 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.
I applied online and the process took 4 days - interviewed 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 Question – 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.
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed 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 Question – How important is community outreach to the planning field and why? Answer Question
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