County of Santa Clara Interview Questions

Updated Apr 17, 2015
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    Senior Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
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    Difficult Interview
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    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at County of Santa Clara.

    Interview

    It was a panel of 5 people and they had the same set of questions for each candidate. They gave you about 10 minutes to review it and then they took turns asking you the questions. The position was for the County of Santa Clara Homeless Services and this particular position would be responsible for coordinating all homeless services within the county.

    Interview Questions

    • If you were given $1 million dollars to address the homeless problem of minor children, how would you use it?   1 Answer
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    Justice Systems Clerk I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 7+ monthsinterviewed at County of Santa Clara in January 2015.

    Interview

    Applied in September, tested in October, my name was referred to the hiring department in December via e-mail and I had to call to schedule an interview, interviewed in January, second interview in March, offered position in April. Most communication will be via e-mail, so make sure none of their correspondence goes to your junk mail.

    Interview Questions

    • If you had an irate caller on the phone, how would you handle the call?   1 Answer
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    Eligibility Worker I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
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    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at County of Santa Clara.

    Interview

    After you submit an application online, it takes months (depending on how soon they need candidates) to get a response. If you are chosen to take the exam, that is scheduled. After passing and ranking, you will then be offered a panel interview with 3 people and asked 10 questions that they need specific answers to. They will then do references checks and backgrounds checks before offering you the position.

    Interview Questions

    • It is 5 minutes before your meeting with your manager, and you have an irate client in the lobby demanding to speak with you, what do you do?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiation, county salaries are set.

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    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at County of Santa Clara.

    Interview

    Applied online, process took 2+ months and involved invitation to written exam @ county cafeteria with maybe 200 others, then based on the results you may move to the next phase and be required to contact the department to schedule your interview. The interviews are panels of 3+ with set questions, most of them printed and written in front of you. Some departments will do phone screening first but most seem to schedule in person interviews. They notify you of results usually within a week or two.

    Interview Questions

    • None too difficult, fairly standard questions. You won't get 'why do you want to work here.' But things like 'tell me about yourself,' 'what's your strengths/weaknesses,' and specific skills required for the job which can be difficult to answer as specific tech tools aren't listed on the job description and interviewers won't always be knowledgeable enough to work the interview to fit the candidate's experience. It's a coveted employer so they probably don't need to.   Answer Question
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    Desktop Support- Information Systems Tech II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at County of Santa Clara (San Jose, CA) in September 2010.

    Interview

    Basic questions about technical skills and background

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    Maintenance Supervisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at County of Santa Clara (San Jose, CA) in March 2008.

    Interview

    1. Search job postings @ www.sccjobs.org
    2. Setup an account/profile
    3. Find job of interest and apply online
    4. If qualified (per HR review), you will receive an invitation to test/interview will, else, you will receive a thank you notice
    5. After test/interview, the top 7 candidates will be invited to a followup interview by the hiring department (could be several interviews)
    6. If you are one of the top 7 and are the selected candidate for the position you will receive a formal offer (likely a phone call too)
    7 if you are one of the top 7 and are NOT the selected candidate, your name will be left on the list of qualified candidates for the position for a period of time (typically 1 year). If a new opening becomes available and the list has not expired, you will be automatically invited for an interview with the hiring department.

    Interview Questions

    • Questions related to dealing with employee discipline. Government employment regulations ( strong need for due diligence on part of management) are fairly rigid when dealing with employee discipline.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    SCC has pay schedules established. The subject job classification's salary starts at step 1 of 5...benefits are standard for everyone.

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    Librarian I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at County of Santa Clara in July 2009.

    Interview

    Two interviews, first was a brief 15 minute panel interview with set questions and limited answer time. Second was also a panel interview with a longer time frame, opportunity to ask questions and for expansion.

    Interview Questions

    • Examples of how to deal with unruly children.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    No negotiation, salary schedule set by Union.

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    Nurse Practitioner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took a weekinterviewed at County of Santa Clara in January 2009.

    Interview

    Telephone screening. Pass the eligible exam. Group interview.

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    No Offer
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    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at County of Santa Clara in May 2008.

    Interview

    The hiring process began with an open position for Parks and Recreation Maintenance on their web site. I applied for the position there. I had to go to the main office building downtown for the County and take a test regarding the position out of about 200 people, 5 were chosen for a panel type interview. The interview was scheduled about a month after the initial test. Then they call to offer or inform of decline.

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