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Updated Aug 19, 2014
Updated Aug 19, 2014
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    Human Services Specialist III Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Roseburg, OR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Roseburg, OR
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Oregon Department of Human Services in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online in June. I was invited in for a group interview on July 18, 2014. The group interview involved about 20 candidates. We were asked a series of questions and had to write out responses in pencil on full sheets of paper. We were given between 5-10 minutes per question. The questions were things like: describe a time when you overcame a problem at a previous employer and describe how you did it. They were pretty specific and in-depth questions. They all required lengthy responses.

    Interview Questions
    • I don't remember the most difficult question but I was asked to describe a time at a previous employer where I went above and beyond, which employer was your most difficult and why, and if applicable, why did you leave your last employer and what would they say about you.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Human Services Case Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Salem, OR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salem, OR
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Oregon Department of Human Services in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    First interview consisted of a group interview with others interviewing. In addition, the interview had a 5-6 panel interviewers. The human resources person went over the interview process and pretty much tells a person that this is the time to make yourself stand out in the interview process. There was a few question and one scenario based question working with other interviewees' in order to see a person's interpersonal skills and communication. Volunteer, Volunteer! as much as possible and I made it to the second round of interviews. First round was for 10 positions with over 50 people interviewing, some case manager and I am not a case manager. So, by volunteering and researching the company I was able to impress both interview panels. The second interview had a series of 6 questions and I had 15 minutes to review and take notes before the interview. Arrive earlier as possible, because a person may have more time reviewing and making notes for the questions. I had my resume and made a study guide with the organizations goals, mission, vision, and general information to answer the questions. I weaved my experience along with the goals, mission, vision, and general information about DHS into my answers this seemed to really impress some of the people on the interview panel. Still waiting to here back from the second interview. Both interviews involved picking a slot time for the interview.

    Interview Questions
    • S.O.A.R questions- Scenario, Obstacle, Action, Result. Case manager's have a heavy workload and my answers covered all aspects of the S.O.A.R model in a short and timely manner. This is important so that the interview panel can see that a person is about to work cases in a face pace environment while getting positive results. Too long of answers or answers that show it took months to get results from a project or case does not look like you can manage the heavy caseload.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Human Services Specialist I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Portland, OR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, OR
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Oregon Department of Human Services in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    Very long process. Applied online. Waited till the job closes. Received and email stating I passed the qualification. Waited another 2 weeks and received an email asking me to go to an interview. 1st interview was a test with a large group of people. Pretty simple, on paper, math problems, wrote a summary, filing question. They called a week later for a second interview. Interviewed with 2 employees. One was a manager and another was a Human Services Specialist III.

    Interview Questions
    • Typical questions regarding diversity, time management, teamwork and so on. Tem me a time when......scenarios.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiations. Took what was offered.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Social Services Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5+ weeks - interviewed at Oregon Department of Human Services.

    Interview Details

    Standard State of Oregon process. E-mail heavy communication, schedule your own interview. I unfortunately scheduled my interview dead last out of everyone. It was late and on a Friday. As soon as I walked in it was extremely obvious that I didn't have a chance. The people interviewing me just wanted to go home and most likely had someone in mind already.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Program Analyst I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Beaverton, OR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Beaverton, OR
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Oregon Department of Human Services.

    Interview Details

    File online application at oregon.gov/dhs at the State Jobs link
    If you are qualified you will be notified by the format you select and asked to interview. The interview is rarely 1:1...it will almost always be at least two people and usually three or more.
    You will be asked to arrive at the interview site 15 min. early and will be given a copy of the questions you will be asked in the interview and a copy of the job description. Some sites will give you a copy of an HR301 which is the background check form. Don't waste time on anything except the questions. You should quickly go over these questions and make notes on talking points you wish to make on each question. Then take a little more time and carefully go back over the questions and read each one and think a little more about examples you can use and make quick notes or write down examples. You will have plenty of time later at home to read the job description and you can fill out the HR301 out in the lobby after the interview.
    The interview process is usually a single interview but, two or sometimes three interviews are not uncommon.
    If you don't know much about the job you can ask questions but, wait until you are given a chance to ask...even if you don't have any questions, you should ask at least one.

    Interview Questions
    • Please explain a situation with a co-worker or manager, that despite your best efforts, did not work out in your favor.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Social Service Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Astoria, OR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Astoria, OR
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Oregon Department of Human Services in September 2009.

    Interview Details

    Filled out the famous 15 page long (approx.) PD 100 Oregon State Employee application.
    Had a panel interviewed that consisted of 5 individuals.
    Waited three weeks hoping to get hired.
    I did get hired.

    Interview Questions
    • 1. Please describe in detail, your education, training, and experience
      working in a social service environment and/or with a social service
      program. Please be specific and include details regarding any
      experience working directly with child welfare programs and/or child
      protective services programs.
        Answer Question
    • 2. Why have you chosen to pursue a casework position at DHS Child
      Welfare? What is your motivation?
        Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    None, was given the salary, I didn't try to negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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