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Updated Jan 16, 2015
Updated Jan 16, 2015
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    Airport Operations Development Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Port of Seattle in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted by HR and set up a time and date for my on-site interview the following week. My interview board consisted of 5 members asking 12 questions. The panel was very interested in my resume and experience, and gave me insightful answers to my questions. They were very open and honest with me about the entire process and I was very pleased with the flow of the interview.

    Interview Questions
    • If selected for this position, what would be your action plan within the 1st 6 months in the role?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Port of Seattle Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Port of Seattle.

    Interview Details

    The Port of Seattle did not do a phone screen or phone interview. I was contacted by someone in HR about a month after I'd applied for an open position and she scheduled a phone interview with me for a date 3 weeks out. The interview was very straightforward and consisted of 45 minutes of what were basically STAR-type questions, 7 in all, with one being just a yes or no question. They related the questions more to the job posting and duties than most STAR interviews so it is important to be able to tie your experience to the job you would be doing. It was a panel interview with the hiring manager, HR, and two people from other groups. They recorded my answers for each question and did not really ask follow-up questions. After that, I had to do a 30 minute "test" which was done on a laptop in another room. I was contacted by HR a little less than 2 weeks after my interview with a job offer, which I ultimately did not accept. Of all the Seattle-area employers I've been speaking with, the Port of Seattle was by far the most professional and had the fastest turnaround, which really impressed me. The workspace is beautiful, everyone seemed engaged in their work and very friendly and sincere, and if the job had been a better fit it would have been fantastic.

    Interview Questions
    • They asked me to explain my experience in the field related directly to the job description. This could have been difficult for someone changing from another industry but with relevant experience.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    The job wasn't quite the right fit for what I want to do in the future.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Safety Management Systems Project Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in SeaTac, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in SeaTac, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Port of Seattle in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    Very quick hiring process, I was interviewed by a panel and they had a list of questions they had to get through. I heard back early next week and was scheduled for a telephone interview, then offered the following Monday.

    Interview Questions
    • What was the most difficult personality you've had to deal with and how did you over come it?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    They offered $28 hr which was very reasonable, they said they were comfortable offering me more since I had so much experience in safety already.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Airport Operations Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Port of Seattle in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    I I received a call on Friday for a Monday interview. It was a panel interview with 3 managers and 1 HR rep. It lasted 1.5 hours. It consisted of 8 questions. 3 were the warm up questions, such as “tell me about your work history”. The remaining 5 were in regards to policy and procedures. “Tell me about a time when you affected a policy, created a policy, changed a policy”. It was a bit odd to answer questions on policy as opposed to tell me about a time you when you worked with a difficult customer type questions. I received a call 2 weeks later to tell me they went in another direction, but would like for me to keep an eye on the port web site for future openings. They were very professional and were able to answer my questions regarding the job and the Port.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you had to object to a policy that did not effect you or your work group, but you spoke up anyway.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Port of Seattle in September 2009.

    Interview Details

    Initiial phone interview was more focused on experience, for the in-person interview I didn't have enough context to fully answer their questions. Interviewers were polite and courteous.

    Interview Questions
    • What is the first thing you do when you start a project?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Port of Seattle in March 2009.

    Interview Details

    I had two interviews for this job. The process was very smooth, the people were nice and the questions asked were very relevant to the work. I was impressed by the inside of the building, the art work, the fountains, and the friendly faces. Overall a great interview experience.

    Interview Questions
    • I don't recall but there weren't any unexpected or unrelated questions asked that I remember.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There wasn't much room for negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Port of Seattle in May 2008.

    Interview Details

    The interview was standard. It was a panel interview, lasted about an hour, and consisted of maybe 10 questions. It was a structured interview with behavior-based questions. They wanted me to provide examples of past behavior and experience to demonstrate certain skills.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Summer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Port of Seattle.

    Interview Details

    Discussed internship learning objectives, examples of group work experience, etc. Some time for me to ask questions.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Port of Seattle.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was really straight forward and standard across all candidates. There is no screening call, just the HR guy that calls to schedule an interview if they like your resume. The interview itself is 15-20 questions, about an hour long, with a group of people -- HR person, hiring manager, and maybe one or two potential colleagues. They ask the standard set of questions (all candidates get the same set) round robin style, and don't really ask follow ups or deviate from the question.. The questions are very typical -- strengths/weaknesses, working with others, how did you resolve conflicts, tell us about your experience etc...

    Negotiation Details
    There is no negotiation. Salary is on a pretty rigid structure. You can't negotiate for other non-salary perks either since they are a public company.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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