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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at City of Alexandria Virginia.

    Interview

    Applied online. Contacted by the hiring manager directly via email about 3 weeks after applying. I had an in-person panel interview with 5 people and was asked about 20 questions. The questions included tell me about yourself, tell me about your experience in XXX, what would you do in the XXX situation, etc. I was also asked to give a short presentation during the interview (They gave me a heads up in advance). In about 3 days after the interview, I was asked to provide some professional references as well as my salary history. I heard that each of my references received a list of 10 questions to answer. In about 2 days after checking with my references, I was given an offer.

    The overall impression about the team and the interview process was good, but I had to decline the offer because of the salary. The initial online application required me to put down my salary requirement, and I put down a number within the salary grade/range of this position (It was about in the middle). When I got called in for an interview, I assumed that my salary requirement is around what they will/can offer. However, when I actually received the offer, the salary offered was way below what I put down and there was absolutely no room for negotiation. I think they should've told me that my salary requirement is not in the range of what they can offer during the interview, or at least before asking for my references. I felt like I wasted so much of my time and my references' time to go through the entire process just to find out that the salary is not aligned with my expectation although I provided my salary requirement in the very first stage.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about yourself. Tell me about your experience in data analysis.   Answer Question

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    Budget Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at City of Alexandria Virginia.

    Interview

    Phone Interview - Panel of about 3 to 4 employees.

    Interview was not warm or engaging. It felt more like a math test with four strict professors. The purpose of a interview is to give the employer valuable insight into your personality and abilities, and it allows you the chance to discern whether your credentials and career goals match up with what the company seeks. Interviews should not just be 7 hard questions and a phone line of silence.

    After that experience, I didn’t mind, not getting a call back. That interview was way too intense and uncomfortable for 55k.

    Interview Questions

    • Difficult behavioral questions, that did not relate to the position.   Answer Question
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    Administrative Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at City of Alexandria Virginia (Alexandria, VA) in June 2014.

    Interview

    Panel interview with a test. Structured questions: past experience, examples of handling work load, strengths, weaknesses, etc.
    Questions were to see if I could take over from the work my boss was doing, not for what the position was about. Beware of those positions that say: "other tasks as required." Ask examples and set a limit because filing should not be one of them if you're past that in your career.
    Waited about a week and a half to get a phone call telling me it was down to 2 people so they needed references. I was offered the job eventually and my mistake was not negotiating the salary. I settled for what they offered me. Never settled for that. At my following job I asked for a $5k increase and they didn't even fight it. Negotiating the salary does not affect your hiring.

    Interview Questions

    • Example of when you were detailed-oriented   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Nothing. I settled for what they offered. Never do that. Always try to negotiate.


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    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at City of Alexandria Virginia in May 2014.

    Interview

    The turnaround is quick in regards to follow up interviews. They easily negotiated the salary and start date. However; the on boarding is unorganized, you will go months without certain certifications.

    Interview Questions

    • The DCHS department questions were not challenging enough.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Very quick, flexible on pay grade changes.


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    Generic Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Alexandria, VA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at City of Alexandria Virginia (Alexandria, VA) in May 2011.

    Interview

    Generic process, interview panels

    Interview Questions


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    GIS Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at City of Alexandria Virginia (Alexandria, VA) in May 2012.

    Interview

    I was contacted by the Division Chief via email and he asked me to come in and interview for the position within a couple days of our initial emails. At the office, he greeted me warmly and we held a casual conversation about my previous experience and interests in the field. The interview took around twenty minutes and at the end, he offered me an internship position with his department.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work in GIS/what do you think the importance of GIS is?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I was able to negotiate the times/days I would work.


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    Entry Level Position Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at City of Alexandria Virginia (Alexandria, VA).

    Interview

    An hour with 2 staff and the supervisor. It was mix of technical questions and behavioral questions. Some questions were multi-part so you had to pay attention and answer completely. I'd suggest brining a pen and pad of paper to write the key points of the question as it is asked. They would usually ask follow up questions after my answer. The interview process feels a little cold or unwelcoming.

    Interview Questions

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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at City of Alexandria Virginia.

    Interview

    Two interviews...the first with one person, the 2nd with a panel and a required writing sample on a topic provided. They asked me to discuss what I thought "dual-diagnosis" meant and how it may be valid in my job function.

    Interview Questions

    • Questions about managing challenging clients or families. Also about supervisory style.   1 Answer

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    Therapeutic Recreation Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at City of Alexandria Virginia (Alexandria, VA) in February 2008.

    Interview

    Hiring and interview process can be lengthy;however, it is worth the wait. Can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months for the entire process. Currently the process is shorter and a variety of advertising methods are used

    Interview Questions

    • Did not find any questions difficult or unexpected. Questions are related specifically to the position and skills necessary to be successful in the job.   Answer Question

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    FISCAL OFFICER II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Alexandria, VA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at City of Alexandria Virginia (Alexandria, VA) in May 2017.

    Interview

    Applied online and about three weeks later received an email inviting me for an interview. The office location was in Old Towne a few blocks from the waterfront.

    The format was a structured panel Q&A. Prior to the actual interview, I was given the list of questions (around 12) I would be asked. They give you about 15 minutes to study it and gather your thoughts.

     After the time was up, the HR rep led me to a small conference room where I meet the interviewers. There were three folks -- two of which were management level and the third was a line analyst. The HR rep was also in the room but didn't participate. The interview lasted about an hour. The interviewers were all very nice and professional.

    Next I took an excel test where you are asked to analyze a budget, answer some questions and generate a written report. You are given 45 minutes to complete it.

    I was told the next step would be a second interview with the department director. After two weeks went by I never heard anything and assumed I wasn't selected to move forward. I did get a thanks but no thanks email about two months after the interview.

    All in all this was a pretty easy to average interview and I thought it went well. They give you the list of questions before hand which is really helpful. Be prepared to articulate your experiences in a concise and succinct fashion and how they relate to the position you are applying. Preparation, just like everything else in life, is paramount.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about your experiences and education and how it relates to the duties of the Fiscal Officer position?   1 Answer
    • Fiscal Officers are sometimes required to work beyond normal business hours in order to meet the needs of the department. Are you willing to work beyond normal business hours?   1 Answer
    • Describe your experiences as it relates to formulating budgets for the Capital Improvement Program (CIP). Do you have experiences creating budgets for large projects?   1 Answer
    • Why do you want to work for the City of Alexandria?   1 Answer

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