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I have been working at Texas Department of Family and Protective Services full-time (less than an year)Pros
Despite what some people say, you are actually making a difference whether you realize it or not. It's not instant gratification, but are helping even if incrementally.Cons
Workload and hours. It's hard.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Be there for your people. You're all fighting the same fight.RecommendsPositive OutlookNo opinion of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied online. The process took 6+ months – interviewed at Texas Department of Family and Protective Services in September 2014.Interview Details
I applied for this position in March 2014 and was finally called in for an interview in September. In June, I received an email to take a series of tests to determine my problem-solving ability, reasoning, judgement, and personality.
After a month of not hearing anything about anything, I received an email from the STARK testing agency stating they were sending my test packet to the state for further review. At the end of August, I received an email from the hiring specialist inviting me to a hiring fair.
I was asked to arrive before 12:15pm and was called back with about 15 other interviewees. After a half hour long presentation from current directors over the area, we were called back in order of arrival. I interviewed with the hiring specialist who sent my invitation and the director over the area of which I was hoping to be hired. The interview was about another half hour to 45 minutes long. It was a basic STAR model (S-situation, T- Task, A-action, R-Resolution).There was a lot of focus on my ability to adjust to change in unexpected or stressful situations.You're given as much time as you need to answer the questions. I normally interview terribly, but I prepared before hand and thought of some situations that fit. The answers didn't necessarily have to be work related. It could be personal, volunteer, or job related. I luckily know some people within in the agency who were able to give me realistic descriptions of what to expect while on the job. When asked if I had any questions I didn't, but I wish I would've asked something!
I found the hiring staff to be quite pleasant and the presenters were knowledgeable and honest.Interview Questions
Negotiation DetailsThe starting pay is non-negotiable. Everyone starts at the same rate and is eligible for a raise after 9 months. My positions receives a stipend that remains provided I stay in the investigator position..Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
- I didn't find any of the questions especially difficult. If you've never been presented with a negative or difficult situation these questions will pose a problem for you. Answer Question
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