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City of San José Interview Questions

Updated Jun 1, 2018
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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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    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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    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 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

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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.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at City of San José in January 2013.

    Interview

    Very brief, situation type questions. Usually its with a panel of about three or four people. Usually by the Engineers, which one will be working with. The people are really nice and they are looking for someone who has the ability to interact with others. especially since a public position interacts a lot with the public.

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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
  8. Helpful (13)  

    Senior Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer

    Interview

    I would like to share my experience to everybody. I applied the senior accountant job online and received a e-mail a month later. it wrote that I am not qualified and cannot go for next step of hiring process. I wrote an e-mail back to the HR and asked for explanation. I mentioned that your ad. required 2 years bookkeeping or accountant experience and need high school graduated. And I had over 8 years experience and Bachelor degree with passing all sections of CPA exam. 4 days later, HR called me and said I only had two months bookkeeping job and it's not long enough. I asked her on the phone how about another accountant job I worked for 8 years. She said IT WAS A PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANT JOB AND NOT QUALIFIED FOR ACCOUNTING CLERICAL JOB. I answered her "WHAT??? THIS IS MOST RIDICULOUS EXCUSE I NEVER HEARD. I NEED A WRITTEN EXPLANATION AND SEND TO MY E-MAIL BOX PLEASE. Then I hanged up the phone. A minute later, a phone rang, it's the same lady informed me I am qualified for this job and need to take a exam next day.. What a Bxxx Sxxx place. I didn't show up the exam next day. I refuse to work in such place.


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    Accountant II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at City of San José (San Jose, CA) in August 2008.

    Interview

    Queried City of San jose jobs online in Finance/Accounting. Applied on-line via an application with resume and cover letter attached. Employer (Environmental Services Department) called me to set up an interview. A panel of 4 people interviewed me - each one would ask a multi-part question and the remaining people would listen and watch for body language. The panel was composed of the following people: the supervisor, a consultant, and two managers from other departments.

    I feel it was unfair asking multi-part questions in a stressful situation like this. It was hard to remember the sub-questions when the whole question was very lengthy. It would be better if they would give me a written copy of the questions that they were reading from so that I could do a better job of answering them.

    Interview Questions

    • Please tell us about a time when you had to work with a difficult person, such as a customer, co-worker, or someone from outside the organization. What were the issues, how did you handle it, and what was the outcome?   Answer Question

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    Laboratory Technician 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 May 2017.

    Interview

    First step was to apply and answer a few questions about your background. Second, pass an exam that covers material of basic chemistry. Following that, you had to submit your transcript for the required chemistry units. I had two interviews and was asked for my references after passing the second interview.

    Interview Questions

    • I am not allowed to disclose interview questions as there was a waiver to sign not to disclose any of this information.   Answer Question

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