TxDOT Interview Questions in Austin, TX

Updated Mar 31, 2015
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    General Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at TxDOT (Austin, TX).

    Interview

    I'm aware this is government work, but the selection process does not need to be so rigid and structured. On the flip side, for being government they did move pretty fast once the position closed. I had a phone interview first which consisted of only 2 questions that were very structured. There was no room for questions on my behalf that the answer couldn't be pulled from the job posting. Strike #1. Got invited to an on-site interview which I was excited for and assumed I'd get a chance to ask more questions and get a feel for my working environment. Nope, didn't happen. Another 5 very structured questions where they just wrote the entire time, there was no interaction. Oddly enough, the interviewer never let the person who would be my boss speak. I tried to ask questions like a good candidate should but was basically shot down. They could only answer questions with language from the job posting. Got a call a few days later asking permission to call my current employer to verify employment.

    Interview Questions

    Reasons for Declining

    Unable to gauge my working environment and didn't feel they'd be a good fit for me.

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    Transportation Engineer III Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at TxDOT (Austin, TX) in February 2014.

    Interview

    I received a call from a newly promoted engineering supervisor calling me in for a position for which I had applied earlier in the week. As I had just started with another employer, I arranged for an after-hours interview about a week later. The formal interview was rote- written questions, and interviewer spent time furiously transcribing my verbal answers, instead of conversing and observing body language. I tried to ask some questions of my own, to try to get a feel for the work and the business processes, but that didn't go very far. We got through all of the questions from the employer side, but I was cut short when the interviewer got a call after we had been talking a little less than 1 hour. I didn't get a chance to see any of the current projects, learn anything about workload & backlog, and being after-hours, didn't meet any of the rest of the team. I got a call the next day expressing interest (and a few more calls over the next couple of weeks while references were checked), and a verbal offer about 3-1/2 weeks after the interview. No written offer was given. I declined the offer (it was very low), and countered with a compromise amount between the lowball offer and my current salary. The counter-offer was declined and the original offer repeated, with a short time to "take-it-or-leave-it".

    Interview Questions

    • N/A- the questions were all designed to probe level of experience/ expertise with job description requirements. Two of the six or seven questions were virtually identical in scope, only phrased differently.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Lowball offer, counter-offer which was well within advertised range was declined and lowball offer was repeated, unchanged, with a very short time to accept or decline (and no opportunity to learn more about the position or the work group). In retrospect, I dodged a bullet when they declined my counter-offer. Based on behavior of the supervisor (and supposedly, his management), I would probably have been walking into a very unsatisfying workplace- and been taking a 10% pay cut for the privilege.

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    Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at TxDOT (Austin, TX) in May 2013.

    Interview

    Meet representative at a job fair and applied online. First had a brief phone interview and then an on-site interview.

    Interview Questions

    • What is the difference between financial and managerial accounting?   Answer Question
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    Data Modeler Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at TxDOT (Austin, TX) in August 2012.

    Interview

    Short hire meaning one interview. Phone interview, than in person interview. Interview lasted approximately one hour. Questions regarding data modeling only as what the job for. Interviewer not a modeler so way over her head - kinda like a deer in the headlights.

    Interview Questions

    • No difficult questions or unexpected questions. Only technical questions asked.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    State employment, no interview negotation.

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    Engineering Tech I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 dayinterviewed at TxDOT (Austin, TX) in May 2012.

    Interview

    Just talked to the head engineer.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    No negotiation

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