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    The City of San Jose has great employees and their benefits are pretty great, too. There was a nice family atmosphere in the area in which worked.


    Politics gets in the way too much, and it was disheartening to see so many really great people loose their jobs.

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Updated Aug 3, 2014
Updated Aug 3, 2014

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    Environmental Services Environmental Inspector I/II Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks - interviewed at City of San José in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    This was for a screening interview in July 2014. The department does these interviews periodically. From the process, they hire a few people that they need immediately, and then put other acceptable candidates on a list for hires that they need during the year. The format of the interview is with three ESD employees sit on one side of a long conference table, and you sit on the other. There is a notebook with a list of 8 or 9 questions in front of you. The employees take turns asking the questions.

    This was a difficult interview for me with difficult behavioral interview questions, many of which were based on supplemental questions that I had provided written answers for as part of the initial application. I expected that the first question would be something along the lines of "Tell us about yourself" or "Tell us why you would be good for this job". But instead, they skipped that question, and jumped to the following questions (these are the ones that I can remember.):

    1. "Tell us about your storm water sampling and best management practices experience."
    2. "You have arrived at a facility, and the representative has refused to let you in for a visit. What do you do?"
    3. "You are supposed to go to inspect a facility in the afternoon, but that morning you cannot find any information about the facility in the file. What do you do?"
    4. "Tell us about your experience dealing with people from all walks of life."
    5. "Do you have anything else you would like to add?"

    I was thrown by the first couple of questions and never really recovered, but it was a great learning experience. It was clear to me that they wanted to see how you deal with difficult circumstances, because they expect their inspectors to find themselves in such experiences.

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Headquarters San José, CA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1846
Type Government
Industry Government
Revenue Unknown / Non-Applicable per year
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Do you know the way to San José? If so, you're probably a high tech worker, and hopefully one with a salary to match its real estate prices. The city, with a population of more than one million, is known for its Silicon Valley location and technology-driven economy. More than 6,000 tech firms employ about 244,000 people in the area, which is also known for its premium home prices (median $449,000). The city government uses the council/manager model wherein the council, made up of the mayor (elected at large) and the 10 council members (one from each district), sets policy... More

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