Very Difficult Interview
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Government of Ontario, Canada in January 2014.
Interview Details – 2 months after applying, I was chosen from about 500 applications to attend a written skills test for this position. I was not sure if this meant I was ALSO getting an interview or what format the test would take; repeatedly asking the OPS contact person for additional information resulted in radio silence (very unprofessional). I did my best to prepare for a written skills test by studying concepts related to my field which were applicable to the position. The actual written test was quite challenging; similar to a university-level MIS course. Only 1 hour, all essay-style questions related to Biz Analysis, and it was indeed handwritten on paper. However, it was very difficult. 60 minutes was not enough to complete the test. Also, the test was conducted in a group setting with the other people (less than 10) who were also selected for this position. At that time we were also informed that everyone who was selected for a test was ALSO selected for an interview; too bad they were not transparent about this earlier! The interviews would begin in less than 2 days time (!), and would consist of the interview candidate writing an I.T. business case and then presenting it (topic provided) as well as an interview. I did not agree with this highly aggressive timetable (the presentation was challenging enough that it would take me a whole day to complete, leaving me barely any time to prepare for an interview!) so I elected to drop out of the process.
I am not a fan of the lack of transparency in the OPS hiring process; in the private sector I'd get at least 5 days notice for an interview and open lines of communication with the HR staff. If they had told me that the test would be immediately followed by an interview then I could have done my interview preparation beforehand, allowing me to work on the presentation right after the test.
If currently employed, expect to take at least an extra day off from your job in order to work on the presentation (this is in addition to taking time off to write the test as well as attend the interview!).
Interview Question – The written test has essay-style/short-answer questions related to standard MIS concepts (i.e. Functional Requirements, Use Cases, etc.) Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Government of Ontario, Canada in June 2013.
Interview Details – A presentation comprising ten slides on a given topic followed by six questions.
Interview Question – Most questions are related to soft skills. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Salary rates are dictated by bargaining unit/union negotiations. There is some room if you are coming from outside the government to negotiate.
I applied online - interviewed at Government of Ontario, Canada in May 2013.
Interview Details – Was given questions 15 minutes beforehand to review. Allowed to take notes.
Asked 5 questions during the interview by two interviewers. Questions were general (eg. Experience working with computer software, What would you do if you are experiencing conflict with a team member). Interviewers spent most of the time jotting down notes.
Skills test afterwards consisting of a short Excel assignment and a short essay. The Excel assignment was very odd - the skills tested were very simple, but the questions themselves and the content did not make sense.
Approx. 1.5 hours in total.
Interview Question – Excel Assignment - the data they gave and what they wanted you to do with it did not make sense. The actual skills tested were very simple, but it seems like the assignment was made by someone who was not very familiar with data. Had another Excel assignment for another interview that was similar, though in this instance, the question seems to be made from someone who did not understand basic statistics. Answer Question
I applied online and interviewed at Government of Ontario, Canada.
Interview Details – After the written English test, I got an interview for the Business/Financial Analysis Internship. The questions were given beforehand (15min) and you could write down notes for yourself, all questions related to previous experience in Financial Analysis, such as: 1) tell a bit about yourself, 2) what Fin An experience did you have 3) If you had a problem while doing Fin An how did you solve it? 4) When you had differences in co-worker opinions, how did you solve it? 5) How did you get co-workers to work together?
Interview Question – All were ordinary behaviour-based interview questions in relation to Fin An work. You can find these basic questions on any interview preparation site. View Answer
I applied through college or university and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Government of Ontario, Canada in June 2011.
Interview Details – Got an interview call by applying to a position posted on CO-OP Job Board of my college.
Interview Question – Mostly behavioral interview questions. They check if you can fit in their work environment or not. An interview was followed up by a written technical test. Answer Question
The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Government of Ontario, Canada in February 2011.
Interview Details – Interviewer asked questions about past work experience and assigned a skills test. Test consisted of reviewing an old document and recreating it. The questions were simple, but the assignment was difficult.
Interview Question – No difficult questions were asked. Interview was not very formal so they mostly focused on past experience. For example, what did you door there? How did that experience prepare you for this role? etc. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – short contract.
I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Government of Ontario, Canada in January 2011.
Interview Details – Interesting.
Interview Question – What was your experience in MS Exchange Implementation? We need someone who has worked mostly on MS Exchange implementations. View Answer
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Government of Ontario, Canada in August 2010.
Interview Details – I applied on-line and was called in to interview with a 2-person panel. Interview consisted of 5 or 6 questions with minimal interaction (question and answer) while they wrote down my answers. Very formal and be prepared to know in detail information about the unit you are applying for. Study the questions tips on their website and be prepared with an example from your past experience.
Interview Question – Please give an example of a research project you were involved in. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Government of Ontario, Canada in October 2010.
Interview Details – Phone call followed up by email with details for interview. Interview was a 30 minute case study followed by 5 question interview process with case study presentment at the end.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Government of Ontario, Canada in June 2010.
Interview Details – I got a got a referral from my previous Director. It was for a short term contract so the interview was not as formal as to be expected. It was one interview with a panel of two people, the Manager of the Unit and the Director of the Branch. The work culture is very business like but relaxed.
Interview Question – Describe a situation where you used your initiative to solve a problem? Answer Question
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