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Austin Energy Interview Questions

Updated Sep 1, 2017
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    Senior IT Business Systems Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Austin Energy (Austin, TX) in August 2017.

    Interview

    I first participated in a technical phone screen with a 3-panel interview team, asking a very structured set of 6 multi-part questions. It was apparent that they were using these same 6 questions to compare candidates with each other. It lasted 20 min, and was a "rapid fire" question/answer style screen. At the end of the screen, the hiring manager stated that I will hear back by Friday of the following week if an in-person interview request is desired. That week came and went with no word, so i assumed they weren't interested.

    After an additional 10 days, I received an unexpected email and phone call, requesting an on-site interview. They were allotting only 55 minutes. When I arrived onsite for the interview, I was unable to park my full sized truck in the onsite employee parking garage. The parking garage was not normal size, and did not allow a truck to maneuver without 6-point turns and risk to damage my truck, or a parked car. I therefore exited the parking garage and parked at a What-a-burger a block away. This parking problem was a red flag. Where would I park my truck in the event I was extended an offer?

    The interview was with another 3-panel interview team, likely the same exact team I phone screened with. They asked a pre-rehearsed set of 10 multi-part technical questions. They read the questions from paper in front of them. Like the phone screen, it was apparent that they were using these same questions to compare candidates with each other.

    As I answered the rapid-fire questions, the interviewers scribbled on papers in front of them. The questions were basic, and some were very easy to answer. Several questions were very specific to IBM Rational Functional Tester and IBM Rational Performance Tester, which I had limited knowledge of, which they already knew from the prior phone screen.

    Despite the rapid-fire technical question format, which I usually don't like, the interview was actually positive and pleasant. At no time were my answers interrupted, as is usually the case with this specific interview format. The interviewers were friendly and approachable. I sensed a high morale and a positive work environment.

    We finished 5 minutes early, so this extra time was filled with my asking questions about the company's product and duties of the candidate position. Oddly, the interview in no way included an overview of their software products, nor of the type of work that was expected. It was entirely focused on the rapid-fire technical Q&A. I was able to learn small details of their product within this 5 minute period.

    Afterwards, the interview team was all smiles, and I felt like my time was actually appreciated. A cheerful team member escorted me out, past the security desk. So overall, a very positive interview experience. Still waiting for feedback.

    Interview Questions


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    Front End Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Austin Energy (Austin, TX) in February 2017.

    Interview

    I applied through the City of Austin website. Within a few days I received an email from an IT-Administrative Assistant with an interview slot. I just had to confirm. The interview was a panel of four including the hiring manager, the IT manager and two others. It lasted one hour and consisted of a series of 12 questions that were posted in front of me. It was a mix of behavioral and technical questions. I had practiced these questions so the interview was not too difficult. I received an email about a week later that the position was canceled for the time being but would be reposted later.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us about a team you took a leadership position in a project. Walk us through us it.   Answer Question
    • How do you differentiate the differences in browsers using CSS?   1 Answer
    • Tell us about a time you had a difference of opinion with your boss? How did you resolve it?   Answer Question
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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Austin Energy (Austin, TX).

    Interview

    Be prepared for 1-2 rounds of panel interviews with behavior-based questions peppered with technical questions about the position. Be prepared by knowing who the interviewers are, and what the hiring manager is looking for by digging online or calling the AE HR or asking a professional colleague who works at the City.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us about your professional experience as it relates to the requirements of this position.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Very little wiggle room available.


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    Conservation Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    Phone interview with group panel. It was very comfortable speaking with the interviewers. They went down their list of 4 questions. The first couple of questions dealt with the minimum and preferred qualifications for the job. The end portion of the interview allowed for question on my part, which gained some insight into the group.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you meet the minimum qualifications listed for the job position?   Answer Question
    • Example of a time you experienced good communication?   Answer Question

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    Power Production Workgroup Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Austin Energy (Austin, TX) in April 2016.

    Interview

    I interviewed through Skype as the plant was pretty far from where I live. The interview started off with the "Tell me about yourself" question, and it progressed to questions about certain workplace related scenarios and how i reacted/handled the situation. After the interview was over, they allowed me to ask question. After about a week or so I got a call back to get feedback on the questions to help me do better the next time around.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us about a time when you had a conflict with someone you worked with and how you resolved it.   Answer Question

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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Austin Energy (New York, NY) in April 2015.

    Interview

    After applying online, there was a single interview with mostly generic behavioral questions mixed with a few technical questions. There was one FERMI questions along with one programming question. The behavioral questions are pretty easy but a few of them are worded a bit weird, but they're looking for an answer that tells some specific information about your traits (strengths/weaknesses)

    Interview Questions

    • Who is a person who likes you least in the world? What would they say about you?   Answer Question

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    BSA Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Austin Energy (Austin, TX) in October 2014.

    Interview

    I had a great, casual interview with the entire team. The questions were good questions regarding my wide base of knowledge, and wide range of experience, competence and ability to bring new ideas, new workflows, innovations that bring modern efficiencies to bear on established, weary, and outdated processes. It was OK.

    Interview Questions

    • How long have you been in your current field?   1 Answer
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    Senior Account Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Austin Energy in April 2014.

    Interview

    Submitted application online about 4 days before listed posting close date. I was contacted via phone the day before closing date to schedule a phone interview. First interview was about an hour of questions with a three person panel including the hiring supervisor. Questions were basic about experience in the field and utility experience. Not much detail was asked about why I personally wanted to join the company or selling the company to me. It also started with me being told no relocation reimbursement was allowed for the position.

    I was contacted via email for a second and final interview about 3 days later. They called 15 minutes early knowing I have a job currently and pulling me away from a meeting. This interview was exhaustive with a panel of 5 people asking canned questions. It became clear during this interview that I was simply a placeholder finalist as the person for the position was likely an internal applicant or had some other personal relationship with the decision makers.

    Once again I had to inquire about the offer timeline and was told they'd have a decision by next week. It's now been two weeks and I've heard literally nothing from them. I even emailed to admin. Person who set up the interview and she said she'd check with HR and get back to me. It's been a week and a half and I've heard nothing.

    Not really a ver professional or respectful process.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe what your last supervisor would say you need to improve upon   Answer Question

  9. Helpful (1)  

    Utility Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Austin Energy.

    Interview

    Three person panel interview. Basic canned interview questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Name a difficult professional situation and how did you overcome it.   Answer Question

  10. Helpful (2)  

    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. I interviewed at Austin Energy.

    Interview

    I was approached and asked to interview (via phone) for a position with the company through a 3rd party firm. I interviewed with the 3rd party over the phone and the person I interviewed with said I seemed a fit. The next step was to fill out a questionnaire, which would then go with my resume to the interviewers manager. I filled out the assessment (mostly a repeat of the phone interview) and was told that I would hear back, but never did


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