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State of Oregon Interview Questions

Updated Oct 31, 2014
Updated Oct 31, 2014
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    ISS3 ( Junior Programmer Analyst) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salem, OR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salem, OR
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at State of Oregon in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    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.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Human Service Specialist III Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    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 Details
    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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Human Service Specialist II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salem, OR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salem, OR
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at State of Oregon in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied online, application was accepted one week later. Offered an interview approximately 30 days after I applied. I was told it would take 3 weeks before you would hear from the employer. Still waiting to hear back. The interview process was a group interview. You were given a question along with up to 20 other candidates with 15 min to gather your answer. Then you read the question and the answer out loud to the candidates and 3 judges. After that a break is offered and then we were put into groups and had to collaborate an answer together. Worst part is waiting to hear back.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a time when you had a disagreement with a coworker or boss, what was the situation, the obstacle, action and result.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Economist I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    First a detailed submission done online that included short answer/ essay questions. Then if you pass that section, and interview is scheduled over the phone. The interviews were in Salem, OR but there was the option to interview via phone. Obviously in person would be the better option. The format of the interview was essentially a presentation by me to a group of people based on a list of questions we received in advance.

    Interview Questions
    • None were very difficult seeing as you received them all beforehand. the trick, as is always the case, was finding the best answer, and practicing delivering that.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Economist II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Applied online. Expect the application to take a long time as there are some really detailed questions. I was contacted about a week or two afterward about interviewing for the position. For the interview we were given a series of questions about ourselves ahead of time that we had to then prepare answers for. The interview itself was more of a presentation with me presenting my own answers to the questions within a time limit.

    Interview Questions
    • They didn't really have any unexpected questions because the hard questions were given ahead of time.   Answer Question
    No Offer
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Procurement and Contracts Specialist II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salem, OR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salem, OR
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at State of Oregon in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    Was offered the chance to interview approximately 5 weeks after the position closed. Interview panel was pleasant and friendly, but was not particularly interested in interviewing the large number of candidates slated for an interview. I had 15 minutes to review the interview questions and an organizational chart before being called into the interview.

    The panel asked follow-up questions for clarification, and expressed an interest in the logistics of hiring me for the position. At the time of the interview, it was difficult to determine whether that interest was driven by politeness, or was genuine interest. Based on the fact that I did not receive an offer, my guess is that the panel was attempting to show interest out of politeness.

    Questions were straightforward. There was a definite preference for candidates currently holding State of Oregon procurement certification.

    Interview Questions
    • Please explain a situation in which you had a conflict with a manager. Describe the circumstances, what you did, the outcome, and whether you were pleased with the results.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    HSS III Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Saint Helens, OR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Saint Helens, OR
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at State of Oregon in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    Went into interview and was greeted by receptionist who gave me 15 minutes to review interview questions. I wrote down a few responses to each of the questions which took pressure off as I knew what my thoughts were and able to answer questions thoroughly. Felt good with interview process

    Interview Questions
    • Didn't really have any unexpected questions; what was on the paper is what they asked. I did have to turn in my questions after interview.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Investigator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, OR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, OR
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at State of Oregon.

    Interview Details

    Panel interview. Not very challenging. About 10 questions.

    Negotiation Details
    No negotiating. State salary range. BOLI investigators are lowest paid investigators in the state. Go to work for DOJ.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Accounting Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salem, OR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salem, OR
    Application Details

    I applied in-person – interviewed at State of Oregon.

    Interview Details

    A 3-5 panel of interviewers take turns asking questions

    Negotiation Details
    Not much of a chance to negotiate salaries when working for the public sector
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Program Analyst I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salem, OR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salem, OR
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at State of Oregon in July 2013.

    Interview Details

    Applied in May but didn't get an interview until July. It has been almost three weeks since the interview and I have not heard anything. No email. No call. Nothing.

    I felt like I interviewed well. In fact, I enjoyed the panel of 3 people who interviewed me and felt very confident about how I answered the questions.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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