Southern California Edison Interview Questions

Updated Apr 22, 2015
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    Accepted Offer
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    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Southern California Edison.

    Interview

    Phone screening followed by face-to-face behavioral interview

    Interview Questions

    • Behavioral Interview questions - The questions are not difficult, they are all scripted, about 6-8 questions, each question comes with sub part.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    None

  2. Helpful (5)  

    Planner I - Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 8+ monthsinterviewed at Southern California Edison.

    Interview

    Process will take about 6-8 months. Applied in early October and didn't hear back until before the Christmas break in December. I was then scheduled for a highly technical power grid, architecture and orienteering test - If you make it to this step you BETTER study and take an honest look at your ability to do math you haven't touched in over a decade. This test NOT a joke and its not easy... I Passed... with no experience in any of the topics they covered. (Lucky/God's Will/Fate - whatever you want to call it)

    After you pass the test they will let you know within two weeks, then you are set up for the interview about 1-2 months later at headquarters or another location.

    The interview itself is nothing out of the ordinary - STAR Behavioral Interviews as expected of Edison. You are scored on all your answers and ranked based on that. THEN all of a sudden they test your technical knowledge in front of managers with maps, calculators, rulers to make sure you're not a fluke. That was the most terrifying part of the test since it is unexpected and they don't tell you beforehand leading up to this point. I am CONVINCED they aren't really testing you on the technicalities of this test, but rather testing your wit and ability to remain focused even though you don't know what you're doing at all. Oh yeah - It's all TIMED.

    All in all, the entire interview process was pretty smooth - but definitely challenging. Be ready to really display your strengths because this is the most INCREDIBLY competitive *technical* position for Edison.

    I got the job.

    Interview Questions

    • Taking the timed technical exam during the interview. Unexpected and really hard unless you have experience as a surveyor or architect.   3 Answers

    Negotiation

    60k starting as a trainee. 75k after 1 year. Edison. Done.

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    Program Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tulare, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a weekinterviewed at Southern California Edison (Tulare, CA).

    Interview

    My first interview was over the phone with a 3 member panel. They asked simple questions such as what kind of experience had I had with Transmission lines and how I have handled working in a diverse group. Follow up interview was in person and was conducted by 2 people who then went into more detailed questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Most unexpected question was How do I feel about working in a diverse group.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    They offered a salary and I asked for more and they were honest and said what was the most they had budgeted for the position.

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    SmartConnection Operations Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Irvine, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Southern California Edison (Irvine, CA) in March 2014.

    Interview

    The interview process was very simple. There were questions set by Edison that the hiring managers are required to ask the interns. It was all behavior and nothing technical. Quite simple interview.

    The

    Interview Questions

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    Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Southern California Edison.

    Interview

    I was contacted by a recruiter several months after I applied. Interviews followed fairly quickly. Was told that they would get back to me "by the end of the week" - never happened. The formal interview was behavioral. One interviewer prefaced each question with "It say:...." then read the question from the script. Felt odd.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time you had to be concerned with safety. Took me by surprise as safety had nothing to do with the job.   Answer Question
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    Deputy Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Rosemead, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Southern California Edison (Rosemead, CA) in February 2014.

    Interview

    Long process, but handled very professionally.

    The interview was conducted by a three person panel. They rotated asking questions, and took notes while I gave my answers.

    The questions were mostly behavioral in nature, as opposed to discussing my background or resume. I highly recommend that applicants become familiar with the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) format of answering interview questions. Come prepared with examples in mind of situations you have faced in your career.

    Some of the key questions I remember:

    “Tell us about yourself” – This was only opportunity to hit on key aspects of your background, demonstrate knowledge of Edison, why you want the job, why you’re the best candidate, etc.

    Safety – There was a question along these lines: “Safety is a big priority for Edison. If you were hired in this position what would you do to ensure a safe working environment.” Be ready to answer this, and to give an example from your background (STAR style).

    Multi-Functional Team – Be prepared to give an example of a time when you lead/managed a multi-functional team.

    Failure – Be prepared to give an example of a time when you failed at something.

    Interview Questions

    • Decision Making – Be prepared to give an example of a time when you had to make a quick decision without having all of the facts.   Answer Question
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    Statistical Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Rosemead, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 8+ monthsinterviewed at Southern California Edison (Rosemead, CA) in February 2014.

    Interview

    I applied online in September 2013 and was contacted in February for an in-person interview. This was a four panel interview. Each person took turns asking me about my resume, experience, education, and also behavioral questions. The person leading the interview had three packets of questions prepared for me. One packet was just personal questions, second packet behavioral questions, and third technical questions.......It took Socal Edison three month to get back to me and tell me I didn't get the job.

    Interview Questions

    • What is the difference between precision and accuracy?   Answer Question
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    Attorney Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Rosemead, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Southern California Edison (Rosemead, CA).

    Interview

    Two rounds of interviews. First round consisted of a group situation with panel of employees from the department, including member(s) of hiring committee. Panel consisted of cross section of individuals from different practice areas. Second round consisted of one on one interviews with specific practice area members and management individuals.

    Interview Questions

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    Project Inspector Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Dimas, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Southern California Edison (San Dimas, CA).

    Interview

    Phone interview, in person interview, background check, drug test, previous employer verification, and DMV printout.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us about a time when you were required to attend a meeting with several people to discuss a problem with a project. How did you articulate your point? Were you successful?
      And what was the outcome?
       
      Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiation just an elaboration on the compensation, benefits, and the schedule.
    Then asked if that would be acceptable.

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    Statistical Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Rosemead, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ monthsinterviewed at Southern California Edison (Rosemead, CA) in November 2013.

    Interview

    Very long process. I applied in November 2013 and was asked to come in for an interview in February 2014. In April I was told they had chosen a different candidate.

    Interview Questions

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