State of Tennessee Interview Questions

Updated Nov 2, 2014
Updated Nov 2, 2014
20 Interview Reviews

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    Case Manager II Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
    Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at State of Tennessee in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    The questions were intense, focusing on my experience with different populations and situations and how I would handle them. Bottom line though: I believe they knew when I walked in the door whether I was who they were looking to hire.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a time when you strongly disagreed with your boss and how did you handle it.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Disability Claims Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at State of Tennessee.

    Interview Details

    I applied online early May and about one week after the posting closed, I received an email informing me to contact someone at the state to schedule an interview. A week later I had an interview with several others since they were hiring 28 people for this position. We were escorted to a room and watched a video on the disability claim process. After the video we did a written exam which consisted of answering a few questions about the video and one additional questions on how we would handle a negative person at work. I believe they were looking at our ability to summarize information and write. I had just the one interview before they contacted me to offer me the job a week later. It took about 4 weeks total.

    Interview Questions
    • Not difficult. Situational questions mainly such as: Tell us about a time when you had to deal with an angry client? Tell us about a time when you had multiple deadlines and how you handle that? Tell us about a time when you had to deal with a negative person at work? etc...   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation as it's the state and you have to start off at the level one position/salary.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Assistant General Counsel Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Nashville, TN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Nashville, TN
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at State of Tennessee.

    Interview Details

    The hiring process can be long and drawn out. Generally, you respond to a job posting by submitting a resume and cover letter. If your credentials match the position, you will be asked to interview. Some departments only do one round of interviews; others may do two rounds. Because it takes so long to process employment paperwork, it may be a month or so (some people have waited several months) before you receive an offer.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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  5.  

    GIS Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at State of Tennessee in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied through a company called CIBER located in Knoxville. I submitted all my information, certifications, resume, and other. I was placed on an eligible list and was then called for an interview the following week. During the interview I was asked several generic questions, Describe a problem you've had with a co-worker and how you worked through it, What are your personal advantages and goals?, What are your personal flaws or weaknesses? Because the position was a GIS analyst for NG911 Services for the state I was required to show that I knew what I was doing. I was asked questions related to GIS and the software for over an hour and was then required to create a Geo-Database from scratch while the interviewers watched. I had to give my results at the end and make sure all the processes worked. In the end I was told I was the only one who passed the test but was not chosen due to my location in the state.

    Interview Questions
    • All the generic ones. I hate them because it seems like there is no right answer.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Eligibility Counselor I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at State of Tennessee.

    Interview Details

    The initial process is the application and then if you are selected you are offered an interview date with around 30 people. You are then all taken off on your own and interviewed separately.

    Interview Questions
    • They were all standard questions nothing off the way or strange.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There is no salary negotiations. It is a state job you start at the base and hope it gets better. It doesn't.
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Program Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Nashville, TN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Nashville, TN
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at State of Tennessee.

    Interview Details

    Laid back interview process
    One on one interview
    No trick questions
    Easy interview
    No stress

    Interview Questions
    • Very easy, informal, one on one interview. No trick questions,   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Cannot negotiate salary
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at State of Tennessee.

    Interview Details

    State applications must be "fluffed" and as detailed as possible or you will not be considered eligible for the position that you are applying to fill. Interviews are now based on behavioral based questions and held by at least 3 people asking "canned" types of questions.

    Interview Questions
    • none, pretty routine like "what makes you a good candidate for this position?"   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. Positions are set with a starting, base salary. You either accept it or not regardless of your education and experience.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
  9.  

    Case Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at State of Tennessee.

    Interview Details

    After applying online, I received an e-mail approximately a week later asking for me to call a specified person to schedule an interview. The interview took place about a week later. It was a panel of 4 people made up of 2 supervisors, a current case manager, and an HR representative. A standard set of questions were asked to all candidates and the panel members wrote down my answers. About a week later, my references were contacted. And within a couple of days following that, I received a job offer.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your supervisor and how did you handle it? How would you rate your organizational skills and what tools do you use to stay organized? How would you handle an irate/hostile client? Are you willing to visit clients in their homes alone? Are you willing to use your own vehicle to transport clients and their children? Are you willing to be on-call for emergencies? Are you willing to travel anywhere in the state of TN as necessary?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    The salaries for state employees are pre-determined and non-negotiable to my knowledge. I was asked to start the job about 3 weeks later.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Systems Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at State of Tennessee.

    Interview Details

    The whole hiring process has changed since was interviewed. When I interviewed for the job, I was placed on a register that 'graded' my skill sets against what they listed in the job description. This meant carefully going over the description to make sure my application clearly listed skills in the areas listed. End result? High score. With a high score I was listed high enough on the 'eligible' list to get an interview. The interview was fairly typical, but meeting with some key hiring decision makers a couple of weeks before the job posting, and 'expressing my interest (and abilities) went quite far in being hired. The fact that they had already talked about me gave me a good leg up when the interview time arrived.

    Interview Questions
    • One of the people 'helping' with the interview was not terribly knowledgeable about the systems and threw me some 'odd' curve ball questions. But other than that - most questions were the standard interview fare.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Not a whole lot of negotiation. The salary rates are mostly set, and the hiring manager was greatly interested in doing all he could to get me the best 'package' possible.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  11.  

    Database Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Nashville, TN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Nashville, TN
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at State of Tennessee in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview

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