New York City Department of Finance Interview Questions

Updated Aug 19, 2014
Updated Aug 19, 2014
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    City Tax Auditor Interview

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

    I applied online - interviewed at New York City Department of Finance.

    Interview Details

    2 rounds of interviews. Usually about 3-4 people and they each ask different questions.

    Name one time in school or work where you worked on a project that depended on other members?

    If you were assigned to an audit that you know the person on a personal level what would you do?

    What did you do at your old job?

    Say you were working with a client and you requested documents from the assistant tax manager and you contacted them several times, what would u do to get the documents?

    Name one time when you implemented something at work and the results?

    Interview Questions
    • If you were doing an audit on a client, and they said they only had and income of $50k but yet they live in a duplex, own luxury car, and have a couple of pizzerias, what kind of documents would u ask for to confirm the client’s income?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    They had a salary offer, and you either accept or decline.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Project Manager Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at New York City Department of Finance in June 2011.

    Interview Details

    I initially interviewed with one department in Finance, which went well, and was called back for a final interview with management. Everyone seemed very pleasant and professional, and I would have been grateful for the opportunity to work with them. During this process, I was also interviewed twice over a month for another position in the Executive Operations group. The first department wanted to hire soon, and I was told I was a finalist for the position, so they requested EO move toward a decision as EO's needs superseded the former's.

    A third 1:1 interview was then scheduled, consisting of a review of my background and motivation for pursuing these positions and leaving my former, after which I was informed that a decision would be made within a week.

    Three weeks later, I checked in twice with the administrative assistant who did not respond. A week after that, I emailed another interviewer, stating that I was grateful for the opportunity to have interviewed, regardless of the outcome, and politely asked to be notified if I did not fit the position. During this time, I had to delay a pending offer from another agency, as either position at DoF would have been more fulfilling, though lower paying. That offer then understandably expired.

    I was told that it was taking longer than expected to decide, and that I was still under consideration; official notice wasn't going to be issued yet.

    That was two months ago -- a final inquiry was ignored. I assume by now both departments hired others, or the positions were reorganized.

    Of course I have no qualms about being declined a position, but I think it's fair to want to be informed of that fact if you've at least made it to an interview.

    Proceed at your own risk in applying, particularly if you receive an offer from another firm in the meantime.

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Senior Project Manager Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 5 months - interviewed at New York City Department of Finance in March 2011.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was very lengthy, it took 3 interviews and over 5 months to go through it. There is an extensive background search.

    Interview Questions
    • No difficult questions, but know why you want to work for Finance. The Chairman is a stickler for meeting all management hires.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Not difficult, but in the end they used me for the initial phase of the project and dropped me when the implementation phase was finished. At the management level this is not a job to have until you retire.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Computer Systems Analyst Interview

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

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 months - interviewed at New York City Department of Finance in April 2010.

    Interview Details

    Interviews must be done using a board style. Questions are established and approved ahead of time and used consistently throughout all the interviews for the same position in order to ensure fairness.

    Interview Questions
    • They can ask you "test" questions for technical positions   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There is no negotiation, they offer you a 13% max raise on your previous earnings.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Staff Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at New York City Department of Finance in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted by the person who would be interviewer's immediate supervisor. The interview was conducted by the immediate supervisor and another person.The interview started off with them asking me to introduce myself and talk about my previous work experiences. I also presented the interviewer with a sample of my previous work which they liked.Overall my experience of the in person interview was a positive one. Other questions consisted of my future plans and my studies. I was asked to provide references at the end of the interview. I was notified after about 3 week's of my interview that I was not hired.There was only one in-person interview.Overall the experience was a positive one.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at New York City Department of Finance in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    Was asked a series of behavior questions such as: how did you overcome your biggest challenge at work? What part of your past internship experience that you liked the most? Overall, they were specific about the qualities and skills they were looking for so as an interviewee you should think about what value you could add to the team.

    Interview Questions
    • If you were given a project to accomplish within three days what would you do?   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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