San Mateo County Reviews

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    Current Employee - Various Positions Throughout the Organization in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Various Positions Throughout the Organization in Redwood City, CA

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    SMC is forward thinking in a lot aspects. As an organization they do many things right. They, promote (and in many places embody) responsive government; focus on serving the public in effective and efficient ways; strive to create a prosperous, safe, collaborative, healthy, safe and livable community; encourage Work-Life (blend/balance); and champion employee engagement, development, wellness and performance.


    While the County may promote and believe in all of the above, many Departments are left to their own devices, and may not adopt all or many of the above. In addition, there are also challenges working in an environment where employees may be geographically and organizationally / departmentally disparate.

San Mateo County Interviews

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Interview Experience


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Getting an Interview


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    Various Positions Throughout the Organization Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redwood City, CA
    Accepted Offer
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    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at San Mateo County (Redwood City, CA).


    Typical civil service interview process: Supplemental questions and application, screening, panel interview, place on a list, followed by department interview. For a public service organization, and in comparison for neighboring municipal government (City and County) SMC works fast and does a great job of sending timely and regular communication.

    Interview Questions

    • What prepares you for this position? Situational and behavioral questions....i.e. tell me about a time when x happened and how you handled it, what the outcome was, etc. Closing statement - opportunity to share final thoughts and information about yourself with the interview panel.   Answer Question

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Headquarters Redwood City, CA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1856
Type Government
Industry Government
Revenue $1 to $5 million (USD) per year
Competitors Unknown

San Mateo County is located in the scenic San Francisco Bay Area. The County’s diverse population has close to 750,000 residents, growing to over one million in daytime population. It provides the benefits of temperate climate and clean air, with abundant ocean sports and recreational activities. Rural open space areas, as well as metropolitan San Francisco, are within easy ... More

Mission: Shared Vision 2025 reflects the goals and priorities for the San Mateo County community expressed during a series of public meetings and surveys. The five "community outcomes" — healthy, livable, prosperous, environmentally conscious and collaborative — provide a foundation for sound decision-making. Focusing on the Shared Vision 2025 goals and priorities places an emphasis on what's best for all of San Mateo County today and in the years to come.

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