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Updated Mar 31, 2015
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    Assistant Materials and Warehouse Supervisor II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bryan, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person – interviewed at TxDOT (Bryan, TX).

    Interview

    Initial communications good, scheduling for interview good. Interviewer, however, took 6 hours to complete the interview process (not including an hour lunch break at the noon hour). Interviewer was not very organized in the process. The interview should have taken no longer than two hours to complete. His office was well-organized in contrast to his somewhat rambling interview process. The physical environment was comfortable.

    Interview Questions

    • Difficult in the subject matter: interviewer asked what my supervisory style would be with our subordinates. My style contrasted his: he was apparently a micro-manager, allowing competent subordinates very little room for initiative and decision-making, and a lack of trust in both subordinates and higher management. My style was to learn the competencies of each subordinate in order to let them exercise their initiative and decision-making; and rather than not trust until that was earned, I preferred trusting until an action or actions on the part of an individual dictated mis-trust or rather, closer supervision of an individual.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Yes. Although initially I did not accept the offer because of the salary, the offer of a higher salary that was acceptable at the time did lead me to accept the offer, despite a move across the state.

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    Accounting Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at TxDOT (Fort Worth, TX) in July 2014.

    Interview

    Applied online. Took two months to get an interview. Had to drive three hours for interview. Took additional two weeks to here back from interviewer. Wasn't given the opportunity to give any references or reference letters. Interviewer called after interview and asked a couple of different questions over a three week period then I never heard from her again. Not sure what happened.

    Interview Questions

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    Engineer Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at TxDOT in January 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online in late 2014 and got the call for an interview in early January. I was able to do a phone interview which was very direct and not tricky at all. I had one interview and was given a time period to hear back from my interviewer. The conversation was professional but very congenial. The interviewer gave enough room to share anything I felt was important about myself in regards to the position and encouraged questions. It was a very good experience.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe what steps you would take if you wanted to add shoulders to a blacktop road.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I was really excited about the offer so I didn't really negotiate.

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    Maintenance Tech Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Gainesville, TX
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at TxDOT (Gainesville, TX) in March 2011.

    Interview

    took way to long

    Interview Questions

    Reasons for Declining

    they wanted me to take a pay cut ( this is at the same I have been working at for 15 years)

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    Planner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at TxDOT.

    Interview

    Only those with inside connections get hired.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me how you would handle a false accusation by a co-worker.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Baby steps.

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    Auditor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at TxDOT (San Antonio, TX) in July 2012.

    Interview

    I applied for the position in June and was called in July for an interview. I meet with the supervisor and had the interview. 3 weeks past and I got a call informing me that they had made a decision on the candidate and they had decided on me. I was a happy camper. 2 weeks later I received my official paperwork and will start on Oct 1.

    Interview Questions

    • What is determined to be clear evidence by IIA standards?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    The salary is already set by the state. Your offered will be based on your perceived skill level. I was offered the max for the position and I accepted. Once you are in the door and can prove your value the raise will come with the promotions.

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    Engineer In Training Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at TxDOT in May 2010.

    Interview

    The initial phase of the interview process was to apply online. I then went in and let them know in person that I had applied for the position, and inquired as to when decisions would be made. I was called a few days later and an interview was scheduled. The interview was fairly difficult. I was asked a series of questions that I was asked to answer untill I felt I had fully satisfied the question.

    Interview Questions

    • What do you think are the best qualities for an engineer to have   2 Answers

    Negotiation

    TxDOT is non negotiable with EIT offers

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    Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    No Offer
    Average Interview
    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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    Transportation Engineer III Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
    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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    Engineering Tech I Summer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at TxDOT in May 2009.

    Interview

    They called me in, asked me questions about my experience and how much math I knew. They said mostly basic algebra was necessary.

    Interview Questions

    • What was an experience you've had working in the field.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I did not negotiate

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