Santa Clara Valley Water Interview Questions

Updated Jun 14, 2015
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    Senior Water Resources Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Santa Clara Valley Water (San Jose, CA) in June 2015.

    Interview

    Applied online and got an email inviting me for a interview, no phone calls, just an email stating the time and place of interview. They did not ask whether if you can make it or not, which is kind of strange. I suppose if you can't you can call them to change ? I am not sure if this was an option. The interview was 40 minutes and with 3 panelists including hiring manager.

    Interview Questions

    • What experiences did you have in regard to the position advertised ? and others.   1 Answer
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    Intern - Hourly Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Santa Clara Valley Water in August 2014.

    Interview

    I was first interviewed by a panel of 2 men and a lady. After, the interview I had to write a short essay to a question. In the interview they asked the typical questions, "Tell me about yourself... What are you doing to conserve water...your strengths & witnesses...

    Interview Questions

    • I personally do not believe it was difficult because I really prepared myself by practicing with the most ask questions and reviewing my notes on essay writing. So, if you are well prepared, you'll be fine.   Answer Question
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    Contractor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Santa Clara Valley Water (San Jose, CA) in February 2014.

    Interview

    HEALTHY, HAPPY, VIBRANT PEOPLE NEED NOT APPLY. Although the interview was pretty straightforward - about clarifying work experienced tailored to the job - the interview vibe was very strange. Don't smile. Don't be at peace. Don't act friendly. Act like a drone. They did not like the fact that I am a happy, pleasant person. The final handshake was less than a wet noodle. It was more like flour!

    Interview Questions

    • None. Just be prepared to talk about how your past experience relates to the job description. No trick questions.   Answer Question
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    Engineering Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Santa Clara Valley Water.

    Interview

    I got contacted by a recruiter about the position. It was basically a lot of data entry and making a lot of "how-to" videos.

    Interview Questions

    • Very straightforward. They had a list of questions asking about skills.   Answer Question
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Clara, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Santa Clara Valley Water (Santa Clara, CA) in April 2010.

    Interview

    I received an email from them for a panel/group interview. There were 3 interviewers. The interview was 20 minutes long. They had a list of common interview questions and basically went down the list and told me that I would have at most 20 minutes to answer their questions. I didn't like the format. I felt rush and uncomfortable. I didn't know how many questions were there and it was hard to time myself right without knowing how many questions would be asked.

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    Associate Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Santa Clara Valley Water (San Jose, CA) in March 2010.

    Interview

    Resume submission, first-cut resume review, board interview w/practical test (explain engineering drawing), several subsequent phone conversations (for job details and scheduling), proof of qualifications, negotiation, physical, then employment (with 6-month probation).

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    Negotiation

    Negotiated for higher step in pre-set salary schedule.

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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Santa Clara Valley Water.

    Interview

    Panel interview with unit manager, and two other engineers. The Interviewers were very courteous and gave me a good amount of time to answer any questions they had. It was a standard personality interview asking about my future goals, and other team related questions.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Santa Clara Valley Water in January 2012.

    Interview

    Panel interview with 3 people. People were nice and friendly. Make sure you express lot of interest in the water industry. Ask a lot of questions at the end. The interview is very informal and laid back. Seems like a nice place to work. I assume that most of the workers are out in the field since the whole office was empty.

    Interview Questions

    • Are you looking for an office type job or hands on job?   Answer Question
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