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    Plans Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Clara, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at City of Santa Clara (Santa Clara, CA) in May 2016.

    Interview

    They have posted the position three times and not filled it. The number of people who applied for the position started at 40 the first time they posted it and now it is down to 5 because many people know the position will not be filled.

    There are many stages in applying to the position. The first stage consisted of a written test of engineering and California Building Code questions.

    The second stage consists of a panel interview with questions like what you would do if someone altered one of your plan reviews. The panelists hated any answer I gave to most questions, even the technical questions.

    The third stage consisted of another group interview with the chief building official.

    The position was created without approval according to HR. They never responded back after the interview, so anyone who applies is wasting their time.

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    • What would you do if your boss altered a set of plans you approved by placing a deadly life safety issue was placed on them?   1 Answer

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    IT Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at City of Santa Clara.

    Interview

    A one-on-one interview with the program director that is divided into three parts. First you explain yourself, why you are interested in the position, and go over your resume. Then you answer abstract questions about the program you will be using. Finally you are asked to preform a technical assessment using the program.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at City of Santa Clara (Santa Clara, CA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    phone screening first
    got email to arrange the interview time and general info about the process
    in-person interview with department manager:
    introduction yourself; general questions about my duties; some simple analysis using a computer program

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    Negotiation

    the job duty and pay was quite strict forward..did not negotiate for this position


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    Library Page Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at City of Santa Clara (Santa Clara, CA) in June 2014.

    Interview

    Interviews were 5 candidates and a panel who asked us questions. Each panel member would ask a question, and candidates took turns answering first. I thought it would be hard to have a group interview, but I liked it more than one-on-one. Everyone's nervous and you get more time to think about your answer.

    Interview Questions

    • What makes you the ideal candidate for this position?   1 Answer

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    Staff Aide I for the Fire Department Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Clara, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at City of Santa Clara (Santa Clara, CA) in October 2013.

    Interview

    As with all government jobs, the process can be lengthy and exhausting. I applied for this position online in August. I took the written exam at the beginning of September and had a panel interview later that month. I had the department interview in the middle of October and am waiting for the results.

    The panel interview consisted of representatives from other cities and at the county level. This is because the City of Santa Clara's Fire Department is a CUPA agency that works with other agencies. The panel interview was rushed and I was told that my time was being highly monitored because the person who interviewed before me "ran over" on their time. I appreciated their monitoring, but felt it was unfair simply because they did not control the previous interviewee properly. However, I was grateful to be there so I didn't comment about it. Yet, I felt caught off guard and think I might have interviewed better if those circumstances didn't arise.

    In any case, I passed the panel interview and was invited for a department interview. This was with the Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief, and Fire Marshal. I really liked this interview because it seemed, for the first time in a long time, that the interviewers actually cared about my answers and were really listening. If I was asked question XXX, my answer was "blah, blah, blah". I appreciated that the interviewers asked me for further details by stating, "And what was the staff's response when you implemented xxxxxxx?". This interview seemed much more than the typical canned interview where everybody asks the same questions and the same answers are always given.

    I actually enjoyed the interview and felt that I was able to give a true representation as to my experience, perspective, and work methods. Kudos to those who created the department interview questions and the interviewers!!

    Interview Questions

    • All applicants were asked not to share the questions asked during the interview process to make it fair for other/future applicants. However, what I can say is that the panel and department questions were typical and ones I've heard in many other interviews. Examples: why do you want to work here, what makes you most qualified, how do you deal with irate customers, how you do deal with co-workers who aren't doing their jobs, etc.

      During the panel interview, I was given 20 minutes to answer 8 questions. You might think that this is easy, but the first question alone made me understand why each answer period could/should have been longer. Example: Tell us about your educational background, your work experience, and what makes you most qualified for this position. This was just QUESTION NUMBER # 1. This wasn't three separate questions.

      As I mentioned in the above Hiring and Interview Process section, the department interview was a much better process. The questions were not multi-part, run-on sentences. They were shorter, but were more specific as to actual scenarios and examples.   1 Answer

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    Recreation Leader Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took a week. I interviewed at City of Santa Clara (Santa Clara, CA) in June 2012.

    Interview

    The interview process was simple, I walked in and turned in my resume. They asked me to come in for an interview. When i came in they asked me about my experience with children and stuff about my personal goals.

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