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Kaiser Permanente Director Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 12, 2014
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Director

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Interview Details – Behavioral Interview. Tell us about an experience. Tell us what you did.... How would you approach this... Just give them the best high level answer. Don't ramble.

Interview Question – When were your wrong? Did you tell anyone?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Set range.


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Director
Oakland, CA

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Kaiser Permanente in January 2010.

Interview Details – Kaiser Permanente's interview process can be lengthy. For me, it began with a screening interview by an assigned HR recruiter. The questions asked in the screening interview are straightforward. It's easy to tell that these are the questions the hiring manager provided to the recruiter. Once past the screening interview, I met with the hiring manager. I was then invited back for a second round interview with members of the team and also internal business partners. There were about 4 in total. Start to finish, the interview process took several weeks. Once Kaiser gave me an offer, there was another two weeks during which they conducted a very thorough background check. I also had to submit to a drug test.

Interview Question – Describe in detail a successful project you designed and managed. How did you measure success?   View Answer


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Director

I applied through other source and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Kaiser Permanente.

Interview Details – The recruiting and hiring process at Kaiser is a disaster. As both a hiring manager and as an applicant, I have seen qualified applicants routinely "lost" in system. The online application process is outdated and decidedly user-unfriendly. The job database (Taleo-based) is extremely difficult to search. Each position has to be applied for separately. Applicants rarely receive acknowledgements and almost never get status updates from HR. The hiring process is extremely protracted, inefficient and almost hostile.

Interview Question – There is NO standard interview or screening process at this company. Most managers recruit their own candidates because the system is so broken. In 10 years of hiring, only once did I get a qualified applicant from HR.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Don't be afraid to counter the initial salary offer if you are an exempt employee. The initial offer is almost the only time you will be able to ask for more money. The annual raises are very minimal no matter how high your performance ratings.


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Director
Stockton, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Kaiser Permanente in January 2013.

Interview Details – Panel interview with staff, managers, peer Directors, senior leaders, physician leaders and executive leaders. They were thoughtful in their approach. The detailed interview process demonstrated the importance of the role and their desire to find the right candidate. I especially liked that they included the front line staff who would report to ths position as it positions me in a much better place.

Interview Question – How would you measure your success in he first six months?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Still in progress


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Director Interview

Director

I applied through other source and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Kaiser Permanente.

Interview Details – Contacted the hiring director directly as well as putting in an online application. Interviewed with the hiring manager, then with the staff who report to me. Mostly used a behavioral question format. It helps to find out the name of the hiring manager and call that person directly. The hr people don't always pass reumes and applications on in a timely manner.

Interview Question – None of the questions were either hard or unexpected.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I negotiated for a higher salary than originally offered.


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Director

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 8 weeks - interviewed at Kaiser Permanente in December 2012.

Interview Details – The interview process is very long with a series of phone interviews and little to no communication in between. No communication about the position being filled on not so you won't know if you are still under consideration.

Interview Question – No surprising questions....just the typical interview questions such as interests, time something worked well, time something didn't turn out as expected, weaknesses, etc.   Answer Question


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Director
San Jose, CA

The process took 2 months - interviewed at Kaiser Permanente in September 2011.

Interview Details – I applied on line. I received a call a several weeks later from the hiring Director's assistant. I then had multiple phone interviews and then several on-site interviews. Once I interviewed on-site, it took several months and a lot of follow-up on my part to close the deal. Even after that, the negotiation phase and such were painful to say the least. HR is a process I don't even want to go into.

Overall I would say the interviews themselves were great, but the process after made me want to eat nails. It made the overall experience for me horrible.

Interview Question – The questions were general - no specific surprises.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Do your research, know your range and stick with it, do your research. Yes I said it twice, do your research.

The process took to long from final interview to offer, and then almost as long to negotiate - about 3 mos total. They almost lost me several times.


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Director
Oakland, CA

The process took a day - interviewed at Kaiser Permanente in May 2010.

Interview Details – There was a panel of interviewers who were all involved in the department, including the hiring manager as well as workers in the department. The questions asked were all behavior based questions...give us an example of a time you acted and something did not go right. What happened/ What would you do differently if it happened again? How would you approach a project of getting a new initiative started? How involved would you be in the initiative? What would you be looking for as the project progressed? Describe how you would handle a situation if you found employees not completing their work and hiding it? What if there was one employee doing this? What if there were ten employees and you couldn't keep up with the work if you fired them?

Interview Questions

  • Describe a situation from your recent work experience which produced a high level of stress for you. How did you cope? What was the result?   Answer Question
  • Give an example of actions you have initiated which were of benefit to the organization. What were the results?   Answer Question
  • How did you identify your customers or clients in your present job? Who were they? How do you satisfy multiple customers ' needs?   Answer Question
  • Describe a time when you have made a decision which was not in agreement with others in your department.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – A flat offer was presented and there was no negotiation.


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Director
Pleasanton, CA

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Kaiser Permanente in July 2008.

Interview Details – The process was pretty straight forward. There's an HR policy in place regarding how many candidates the hiring manager shall consider, and who should participate in the interview. The overall process is fairly quick once the ball gets rolling. It appears most positions filled are through some kind of referrals.

Interview Question – Why do you want this position?   Answer Question


Declined Offer

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Director
Burbank, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Kaiser Permanente in August 2009.

Interview Details – The KP recruiter contacted me in regards to this position, we spoke briefly about the role and then discussed my qualifications.

Interview Question – Specific questioning about timelines of my work history   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Location of job

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