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Updated Aug 11, 2014
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Programmer Analyst Interview

Programmer Analyst

I applied in-person and the process took 4 months - interviewed at State of Ohio.

Interview Details – The entire process is slow and takes at least three months to complete. It is inefficient and poorly managed. The entrance exam was created by an employee with no test design experience.

Negotiation Details – It's government, so there is no negotiation.

Accepted Offer

Negative Experience

Very Easy Interview

Janitor Interview


I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at State of Ohio in September 2010.

Interview Details – was to fast and they did not care a bout me all they want to know if i could do the job, and be on time will be back if i dont get a job soon!

Interview Question – could you stay over and do some one work with no pay   View Answer

Negotiation Details – took what they gave me

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Customer Service Representative Interview

Customer Service Representative
Columbus, OH

I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at State of Ohio in January 2010.

Interview Details – online application, on site testing.... very easy... Apply online at public website, build a profile. There is nothing else to add. Very simple, low stress situation. A lot of intermittent to permanent positions.

Interview Question – There were no difficult or unexpected questions   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – no negotiation.

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

IT Manager Interview

IT Manager
Columbus, OH

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at State of Ohio in January 2010.

Interview Details – Two panel interviews - first one of canned questions, second one had canned, but in-depth questions. 1 written test, 1 presentation.

Interview Question – None. All were elementary. Most difficult thing was not laughing at one of the 3 IT Managers in the panel who dozed during the interview and didn't participate at all.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Typical - offer/counter, settled near middle.

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Attorney Interview


Interviewed at State of Ohio

Interview Details – Interviewing at the Ohio Public Defender's office can be a lengthy process. It was a few weeks after I submitted my resume in response to their ad that I was contacted. The interview was set up for the following week. I was interviewed by two attorneys before meeting with the Ohio Public Defender. It was just one interview but it was another three weeks before I was called and offered the job. The atmosphere was very casual, with everyone wearing jeans.

Interview Question – The length of time it took to hear back from them.   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Very Difficult Interview

Project Manager Interview

Project Manager
Columbus, OH

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

Interview Details – It was a very extensive and thorough interview process. I applied by sending an email with my resume and cover letter. Then I was invited to start the interview process which included a panel interview with senior staff, followed by a one-on-one with the executive director. Once I completed the panel interview and was asked to move to a final, I was asked to fill out the state application and submit a drug test. I was also asked to complete a project review as homework. I had a weekend to complete it and send it in via email.

Interview Question – There wasn't one particular question that was the most difficult but the panel interview consisted on over an hour of behavioral questions that sometimes seemed to overlap and make it difficult to come up with new "situations" from my work history to share. It definitely was an exercise in endurance.   Answer Question

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

IT Specialist Interview

IT Specialist

Interviewed at State of Ohio

Interview Details – Be prepared for a lengthy process. The jobs was posted in November. I applied when it was posted. I never received any feed back until January when I was called for a interview. There was not standard interview with HR which was good. However, there is a panel interview with 2 managers. During this interview they take turns asking you a series of questions, where they each score your results. The interview lasted about an hour. I never heard anything back until May, and did not start work until a month later.

Negotiation Details – Very little. The state has salary ranges and steps.

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Psychologist Interview

Cleveland, OH

I applied in-person - interviewed at State of Ohio in April 2012.

Interview Details – I was interviewed by varied group of administrators and clinicians. They seemed to be looking for a creataive, fairly accomplished person who could hit the job running with little break in time.I fit the bill in that I have had 43 years of experience dooing the job with the exact skills needed as they were looking for.

Interview Question – What would I do if an assistant didn't want to follow directions   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Since I expected an advance step appointment, the position approval had to go to top administrator which took 45 days to approve which it finally was to my satisfaction

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No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Developer Interview

Columbus, OH

The process took 2 days - interviewed at State of Ohio in November 2011.

Interview Details – First day of the interview was a skills test. If you qualified with the skills test you were then invited to come back for a panel interview.
Overall in the beginning everyone was polite and great to talk with. I felt a real level of professionalism and connection with everyone I talked with.
Communication methods have been email and phone.
Post interview has been the worst professional experience ever. The management said they would be notifying about the position in a week. The week had past and no information. I have naturally assumed I did not get the job. I emailed inquiring about the status of the position, but I have had no response from anyone about my inquiries. I have called also inquiring about the position. Every call has directed me to voicemail and no one has yet to return my calls.
Why would a government agency fail to respond to inquiries about a position I interviewed for?
If this is the post interview communication and professionalism level, I am certainly glad I was not offered a position with them.

Interview Question – Upper level math skills so many years after college.   Answer Question

No Offer

Neutral Experience

Difficult Interview

Case Manager Assistant Interview

Case Manager Assistant

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at State of Ohio in November 2011.

Interview Details – A civil service test and a grammar was given. The grammar test was easy. I didn't time myself properly and didn't complete the other test. It was divided into 5 sections and I didn't get to the 5th section. It was tricky but not really extremely hard.

Interview Question – Detailed tricky analysis questions that are hard to remember   Answer Question

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