State of Oregon Interview Questions

Updated Aug 20, 2015
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    Office Specialist II Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Hillsboro, OR
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. I interviewed at State of Oregon (Hillsboro, OR).

    Interview

    Usually 4 to 5 people on the interview panel, very little eye contact, they take turns asking questions and then write down your answers, as you are speaking. It can sometimes take several weeks four them to make a decision.

    Interview Questions

    • Please tell us about a time when you had to help an angry customer.   Answer Question
  2.  

    Technical Development Lead Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, OR
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at State of Oregon (Portland, OR) in July 2015.

    Interview

    Initial Phone Screen then face-to-face panel interview with four people in a conference room. Each person asked a question and took notes on my answer. I got stumped on the technical questions since I had been out of the industry for a while. The phone screen was pleasant and informative.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time when you estimated a project incorrectly. How could you motivate a team of developers when you are handling great change internally to the organization.   Answer Question
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    Principal Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salem, OR
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at State of Oregon (Salem, OR) in June 2015.

    Interview

    I applied early, so I had to wait 3 weeks until the posting closed. After the posting closed, it was 5 weeks before I heard back for an initial interview. I got an in-person interview 2 weeks after the first interview, and was declined 2 weeks after that. It was a very long process. The initial interview was an online video interview (similar to skype). I had a week to complete the interview, it took about 30 minutes. There were 6 pre-recorded questions, and you have to video-record your answers. You can re-do an answer twice, with 3 total recording opportunities. It was nice being able to complete the interview at your own pace/time, but unpleasant in that it was very nerve-wracking and you don't receive any feedback. Once it's submitted, I just had to wait a week and a half to hear anything. After being invited to an in-person interview, I arrived 15 minutes early (per their directions) to view the interview questions before it started. The interview itself was allowed 30 minutes, and you "self-interview" by reading the questions and answering them at your own pace. There was not much interaction, I was mostly the only one speaking during the entire process, so it was something I should have been a little better prepared for. Once leaving, I felt good about the interview, but received a generic email 2 weeks later stating they were exploring other options to fill the position. Overall, it was a fairly easy process, none of the questions were difficult or unexpected.

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    HS1 Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, OR
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at State of Oregon (Portland, OR) in June 2015.

    Interview

    I showed up a few min early. I was them told to wait in the hall way. The young man helping me scattered around then had me sit at a table near the front door, Gave me a bunch of papers to fill out and said he would be back in 15 min to collect. These forms where the interview questions as well as background information for a back ground check. I was then led into a room with two ladies who seemed very frazzled. After the interview I was led into another room for a test. pretty much proof reading and answering questions.

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    • how do you describe Diversity? what does it mean to you?   Answer Question
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    Operations and Business Analyst DHS Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salem, OR
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at State of Oregon (Salem, OR) in April 2015.

    Interview

    Initial screening done online then email asking to set up interview time. Filled out standard background check for state employment then pre filled out the set questions for the interview. They kept the filled out sheet and asked the questions verbatim. Overall very tight interview was set for one hour but only took 30 minutes.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us a time about when change was needed and how did you handle the change?   Answer Question
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    Licensing Representative for the Medical Board Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, OR
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at State of Oregon (Portland, OR) in April 2015.

    Interview

    Phone interview with Medical Board - scheduled the time via an online system and was allotted 15 minutes for the interview. The hiring manager called me and at that point I found out it was a PANEL phone interview, she introduced 2 other people that would also ask questions. The interview was very rushed and the behavioral questions they asked should have been saved for a face to face interview, as for "storytelling" answers one would need more time to effectively answer the questions. Multi-part questions should also be saved for a a face to face or allowed more time. 15 minutes was not enough time for a panel style interview, for the team to get a good idea if I was good fit for the role. At the end they asked if I had any questions, but by that time I could tell they wanted to end the interview, and really didn't listen to me. Their responses were very generic and overall attitude from the manager was negative - it seemed like she was annoyed that she had to even be on the call. They asked about salary requirements even though the job posting specified that they couldn't pay a "new" state employee more than X amount. I said my requirement was in alignment with that. Call ended abruptly after salary talk. Generic rejection email to followed within a couple of days.

    Interview Questions

    • What are your Salary Expectations? Tell a time where you dealt with a difficult (hostile/angry/upset) person? What happened? How did you handle it? What was the outcome?   Answer Question
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    Human Service Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at State of Oregon.

    Interview

    Excellent. Was asked by a panel and also translated a form for them. Consisted of six questions in which I was given 15 minutes to answer. The questions were all situational and to be answered in POST method.

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    ISS3 ( Junior Programmer Analyst) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salem, OR
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at State of Oregon (Salem, OR) in October 2014.

    Interview

    I applied online, about a month later the application period ended and I got an email to set up an interview through their online system. There was only one day they were doing the interviews, so the interview were back to back to back. I was instructed to arrive 20 minutes early and I would fill our paperwork and get 15 minutes to preview questions. Upon arriving I did just that. There were 5 questions, only 1 was very technical and asked about experience with n-tier solutions. The other four were pretty much behavioral. The interview was very comfortable with 3 employees, each from different areas. They took notes while I walked through each question and answered them. For the most part, I was in control of the interview. I brought my own questions to ask at the end, one of which inquired about the hiring timeline. The head guy said he'd like to have an idea by the end of the week. Interview was on a Tuesday. I thought it went well, but the next Tuesday found out they chose a different candidate.

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    Senior Human Resources Generalist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 8 weeks. I interviewed at State of Oregon in September 2014.

    Interview

    Application is through online process NeoGov.com. After your application is scored, you will receive an interview if you are in the scoring range the hiring manager selects. If you are selected for an interview, you will meet with an interview panel of 4-5 people, depending on the job. From my experience, the top candidate may come back for an informal interview with the hiring manager. The whole hiring process can take 6-8 weeks.

    Interview Questions

    • Behavioral based questions   1 Answer
  11. Helpful (8)  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at State of Oregon in May 2014.

    Interview

    I applied for the position on their website. They emailed me about 3 weeks after the position closed to invite me to an interview. They interviewed all the qualified applicants on one day. I took the first interview slot so I could set the standard. The interview took about 40 minutes.

    Interview Questions

    • I was told to arrive 15 minutes before so I could fill out the questions. I arrived 20 minutes before and they made me wait 5 minutes (they will give the questions out exactly 15 mins before the interview). Read through the packet quickly because you will run out of time to fill out the questions. There were 5 managers in the room to interview me. They took turns asking the questions on the packet. When I walked in the room I went up and shook all of their hands and introduced myself. I tried to look very professional. I was well dressed, I took a binder with a copy of my resume, cover letter, references, recommendation letters, and a copy of my application. Try to look super organized. Questions were related on the position. They would ask what I would do in a situation, how well I work in teams, how I explain policy and procedures, how I handled a difficult situation, and how I would explain that an option is not available. There were no questions on my strengths and weaknesses thank goodness! Give good details and personal experiences! At the end of the interview I asked when I will be notified and I handed out my resume and forms. I had the interview on a Tuesday. They said they will call the person getting the job by Friday, and the rest will get an email or letter. I was called that Thursday late morning with the offer.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Since the position was a range of the salary, I asked what I will be making. Since I do not have any experience in this kind of position, but I do have a Bachelors, they only offered the starting salary. They said they rarely start anywhere else for external applicants. But she said that the first 6 months is a probation period to see if I was a good fit for this position. After 6 months they will reevaluate you and determine if I will get a raise from the starting salary.

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