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Updated Dec 16, 2014
Updated Dec 16, 2014
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    Director Learning Curriculum and Development Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brooklyn, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brooklyn, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a weekinterviewed at MTA - Metropolitan Transportation Authority in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Initially, I received an interview invitation from one of their recruiters for a vacant director position in downtown Brooklyn, three months after having applied for a similar position in another of their many departments.

    One week later, moments before the interview was set to begin, the host informed me that I was going to be interviewed for the Senior Manager position, that carried a completely different job description. Instead of a face-to-face conversation, as the interview was scheduled to be conducted, I faced a panel with four participants. Among them the new, previously hired director.

    Reading from a script, the interviewers asked me behavioral questions of a quality I would have expected from a recruiter conducting an initial screening interview, but certainly not from a group of department heads. First, very little was said about the position itself. However, things went interestingly when I questioned the scientific validity of some of their favorite toys like Meyer Briggs Type Identification (MBTI), an alleged assessment of one's personality type, and other remnants of the ’80 popular pseudo-science like Kilman’s Conflict Solving Theory.

    It turned out that that particular department managed to survive in a kind of parallel universe, ignoring pretty much everything we’ve learned the last forty years in the area of human development.

    In a way, I was pleased to be able to introduce them to a statistical program for social science that they’d never heard of. While the host tried her very best to save face, unintentionally I ruined their day. Especially the HR person, who was fuming.

    As customary, I followed up with a "Thank You" note and, as expected, I never heard from them again.

    Interview Questions
    • What qualifies you for the position better than the other candidates?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Winter/Summer Software Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at MTA - Metropolitan Transportation Authority in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    I was interviewed once over the phone after someone I knew contacted somebody at the MTA. The people I emailed and spoke with were all very nice, and mostly asked me about my interest in transit. They were more than willing to discuss their current projects with me before and after we had gone through the technical part of the interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Name one design pattern and explain how it works. (This was the only question)   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Staff Analyst II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at MTA - Metropolitan Transportation Authority in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    I got the first round interview through a job fair at the MTA Transit museum. I had a brief talk with an analyst and manager. I was able to make it to the 2nd round. The first round lasted about 10 minutes between the two interviewers. The second round was a 1 on 1 with the manager and lasted almost an hour. The questions were straight forward and focused on my work experience and education.

    Interview Questions
    • How I would price an item unique solely to train manufacturing?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    They asked relevant work experience before hand and relevant schooling questions. Also they asked: Why do I want to work here. What are my interests. Do I have any family members within the company.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you create a live document that continues to gather information from the office files and update itself daily?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  6.  

    Client Services Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at MTA - Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

    Interview Details

    In person interview, just basic STAR structured behavioral questions, always good to use detailed examples from experiences on your resume. Staff was overall friendly and one of the current Interns escorted me to the meeting itself, overall good experience.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Electrical Engineer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at MTA - Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

    Interview Details

    Very easy interview, just asked about stuff on resume and discussed the job. Workers seem nice, office seems a bit outdated. Saw a typewriter at one point. Clean with cubicles. Very "Dilbert-esque" feel. I barely said anything, one guy explained the job for most of the interview, the other grilled me on my resume and gave me standard interview questions. Afterwards I was asked if I had any questions (had a couple) and then left.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    College Aide Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at MTA - Metropolitan Transportation Authority in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    Phone call and 1:1 Interview, went to the building to meet the project manager, easy process. Just basic showing around the office and tour of the building with two orientations to attend.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Summer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at MTA - Metropolitan Transportation Authority in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Quick and easy. Asked basic questions and interviewers were very friendly. Three people interviewed me but only two of them asked questions while the other one dozed off. Overall good experience and the office was nice and clean.

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Train Operator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 12+ monthsinterviewed at MTA - Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

    Interview Details

    Pass the exam for above. 98 u will be called

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Internship Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The interview was straightforward.

    Interview Questions
    • All the questions were quite standard. Nothing complicated.   Answer Question
    No Offer

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