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City of San José Interview Questions

Updated May 8, 2017
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    Senior Software Applications Programmer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at City of San José (San Jose, CA) in December 2016.

    Interview

    First interview, panel interview of three people. Questions are pre-determined and mostly experience and behavior types.
    Second interview, panel of four people. Questions are mostly behavior and experience. Team is trying to determine if candidate is a good cultural fit.

    Interview Questions

    • What are your experience in working with X technology?   Answer Question

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    Planning Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at City of San José (San Jose, CA) in October 2016.

    Interview

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at City of San Jose PBCE department. The interview mostly deals with generic questions like what software do you know how to use, how to deal with customers, what would you do if you were unable to meet a deadline?

    Interview Questions

    • Experience with design review applications, knowledge of the permit process, knowledge and experience with different design software.   Answer Question

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at City of San José (New York, NY).

    Interview

    Applied online. Went through 2 rounds of interviews. One by phone and another is in person. great experience. Very laid back process. It was more like a conversation

    Interview Questions


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    Laboratory Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at City of San José in June 2016.

    Interview

    The process starts with a 100+ question exam. If you pass that then there is in person interview with a panel of 3-4 supervisors asking standardized questions and taking notes on your responses. After that you'll meet with the hiring manager for more standardized questions/notes. The length of the total process took an appalling 4 months! Way too long!


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    Intern - Hourly Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at City of San José.

    Interview

    The interview was conducted from a printed out set of questions. I was interviewed by two supervisors. The interview was about twenty minutes at the most. They asked me about whether I had any experience with the programs I would use during the internship. They also asked why I was interested.

    Interview Questions

    • They asked me if I had any experience with GIS software or Google Earth.   Answer Question

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    Intern Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at City of San José (New York, NY) in April 2016.

    Interview

    I submitted a general application online and got a response fairly quickly. Then I scheduled an in person interview. The interview was short with some basic questions about your skills and why you want to work at the company. Overall it was an easy process but watch out for application deadlines.

    Interview Questions

    • What are some of your greatest weaknesses and strengths?   Answer Question

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Interview

    My friend told me about the position so he forwarded my resume to the boss because they needed more help. The next week i get a email from the head department to schedule an interview. Interview was about my past experiences. She also asked me a transportation question (very simple common sense one). Got mail the night of and offered a postion.

    Interview Questions


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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at City of San José (San Jose, CA).

    Interview

    I submitted my application and answers to supplemental questions online. They called me to interview and then rescheduled the interview. I interviewed in front of panel. I received notice that I was placed on a hiring list. I interviewed again at a city department in front a smaller panel and was hired.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you have experience overseeing a program or project? If so, please describe the program or project and your areas of responsibility.   1 Answer

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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at City of San José (San Jose, CA) in June 2015.

    Interview

    The process was very long, I applied in April of 2015 and did not get the call until June of that same year. Once they set me up, I had to arrive 30 minutes early to complete a written exam which was relatively easy. I finished it in about 15 minutes. I then went on to a panel interview with four people.

    Interview Questions

    • There were no targeted selection questions (describe a time when you handled a difficult situation, etc.) but just a lot of discussion of my work experience. Instead of "describe a time when you" it was more of "have you ever.." and it was very straightforward. I would say little to no practice was needed for it if you have good enough work experience you can share.   Answer Question

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    Environmental Inspector Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at City of San José (San Jose, CA) in April 2015.

    Interview

    Online application, first round interview, second round interview

    First round interview was a panel (3 people from 3 different departments). Interview is 30 minutes long. They have a piece of paper in a sheet protector in front of you on the table. Roughly 10 questions? You have to answer all 10 of them but there are no time limitation on any of questions, so you have to pace yourself. At the end, they'll ask you if you have any questions for them or have any information that you would like to add.

    For my interview, they stated explicitly that the interviewers might not have reviewed all of the interviewee's application, so I took that to mean that they didn't read it.

    Mixture of technical and behavioural questions

    Interview Questions

    • Don't remember them all, but here's some of them (order asked):
      -Experience conducing inspections
      -Embarrassing mistake in email, publication, or report that you made before. What did you do to remedy situation or what should you have done?
      -Project where you worked with people form all levels of experience
      -Scenario: you were denied entry to a place you're supposed to inspect, what do you do?
      -Developing, leading, conducting an environmental report
      -Scenario: Your preceding inspector left and didn't leave any files or information on a site that you're scheduled to inspect in the afternoon. What do you do?
      -Questions for us?  
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