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State of Michigan Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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Eligibility Specialist Interview

Eligibility Specialist

I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at State of Michigan.

Interview Details – behavior based interview. basically they ask you a whole lot of questions on, what would you do when you are faced with decision. how did you handle the situation. iif put in that situation again, how would you hand it? Will you go to upper management to ask for their help

Interview Question – there were no   Answer Question

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Supervisor Interview

Supervisor

I applied online and interviewed at State of Michigan.

Interview Details – interview process is based upon competencies and rated by scores. If you do not rate high enough, you are not considered for the job despite what experience you have. Drug screen and fingerprinting required which is a common practice for most jobs now.

Interview Question – Nothing unexpected   Answer Question

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Secretary 7/E8 Interview

Secretary 7/E8

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at State of Michigan.

Interview Details – Applied for position in mid-March; was contacted mid-May to take 175 question exam; was contacted later the same day for an interview. Interview was conducted by 2 employees. They took turns reading questions from a sheet of paper. I found this approach distracting inasmuch as they appeared to write down my responses word-for-word. The employees were nice and the interview took approximately 25 minutes. Before leaving, I asked how soon they were planning to fill the position. I was told 2-3 weeks and was notified via email about 2 weeks later that they had hired another candidate.

Interview Question – The questions asked were not what I was used to hearing (eg: tell me about yourself; why are you the best candidate; etc). The questions consisted of "this position requires you to ______, tell us what experience you have in this area". They did not deviate at all from the questions listed on the paper in front of them.   Answer Question

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Office Assistant Interview

Office Assistant

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at State of Michigan.

Interview Details – Two interviewee's and me, ten questions, five were critical behavior style, other five were simple yes or no answers. Overall I was nervous as heck but was given time to review interview questions for 15 minutes prior to interview. All total interview time: about 25 minutes. No offer as of yet, only been a few days.

Interview Question – In this position you will deal with challenging client, describe how you would handle the situation and de-escalate the client   Answer Question

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Accounting Assistant Interview

Accounting Assistant
Lansing, MI

I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at State of Michigan in March 2014.

Interview Details – Intitial communications in regards to interviewing for an Accounting Assistant were phenominal. The interview process left much to be desired. There were four people who sat in on the interview and they weren't sure who was supposed to be asking each of the questions they wanted answered. This resulted in an uncomfortable environement. The interview lasted for 5 minutes. Nobody walked me out, I was not given an idea of when I would know their determination for who they were hiring, and Nobody thanked me for coming. It was almost two months before I received an email telling me that they had chosen another individual for the position. In addition, they were not able to tell me what I could have improved upon to make me a more attractive candidate for future postions.

Interview Question – What is the most difficult situation you have ever encountered in the workplace, and how did you handle the situation.   Answer Question

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Disability Examiner Interview

Disability Examiner
Detroit, MI

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at State of Michigan in May 2014.

Interview Details – Called a month after posting resume on state gov site by internal Hr/admin. Came in for a speed interview with 40 others people, did a computer test and asked 4 questions by two ppl. Brought in for a second panel interview with roughly 10 questions. All behavioral based questions related to prior experiences not the position.

Interview Question – Tell us a decision you made recently, how did it go, what happened?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Never negotiated, assumed it wasn't an option given salary range and stiff gov

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Word Processing Assistant 7 Interview

Word Processing Assistant 7
Okemos, MI

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at State of Michigan in June 2010.

Interview Details – Clerical Exam was taken 3 years before I received a call for an interview. I went on only two interviews with the State. Both times, it was before a panel of 4 people. The interview process was lengthy. During one interview, there was only a chair in the very center of the room and the 4 interviewers were seated at a table quite a ways away across from me. No place to put your coat or portfolio or anything. Very uncomfortable.

Interview Question – Give an example of a work conflict that you were involved in and the outcome. Do you feel that you handled it to the best of your abilities?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – After the interview, I was mailed a letter.

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Department of State Branch Supervisor Interview

Department of State Branch Supervisor

I applied online and the process took 5 months - interviewed at State of Michigan.

Interview Details – interviews by a panel, behavioral interview questions

Negotiation Details – no negotiations

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Departmental Supervisor Interview

Departmental Supervisor
Lansing, MI

I applied online and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at State of Michigan in September 2012.

Interview Details – The hiring and interview process was pretty typical of most employers in the area.

Negotiation Details – Quick and painless.

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Probation Officer Interview

Probation Officer
Detroit, MI

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at State of Michigan.

Interview Details – Apply online through portal, receive letter for interview, and telephone call advising of hire.

Interview Question – Must read and comprehend job description, although entry level employment to begin; they will expect you to know probation terminology.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiating

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