TxDOT Interview Questions

Updated Sep 13, 2014
Updated Sep 13, 2014
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    Assistant Materials and Warehouse Supervisor II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Bryan, TX (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bryan, TX (US)
    Application Details

    I applied in-person - interviewed at TxDOT.

    Interview Details

    Initial communications good, scheduling for interview good. Interviewer, however, took 6 hours to complete the interview process (not including an hour lunch break at the noon hour). Interviewer was not very organized in the process. The interview should have taken no longer than two hours to complete. His office was well-organized in contrast to his somewhat rambling interview process. The physical environment was comfortable.

    Interview Questions
    • Difficult in the subject matter: interviewer asked what my supervisory style would be with our subordinates. My style contrasted his: he was apparently a micro-manager, allowing competent subordinates very little room for initiative and decision-making, and a lack of trust in both subordinates and higher management. My style was to learn the competencies of each subordinate in order to let them exercise their initiative and decision-making; and rather than not trust until that was earned, I preferred trusting until an action or actions on the part of an individual dictated mis-trust or rather, closer supervision of an individual.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Yes. Although initially I did not accept the offer because of the salary, the offer of a higher salary that was acceptable at the time did lead me to accept the offer, despite a move across the state.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Highway Administration Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at TxDOT in January 2013.

    Interview Details

    You must pass a physical and drug screen, they then call you in for an interview in one of their conference rooms with the head of the department and or an assistant. Standard interview questions, tell us about your prior employment, why should we hire you, etc..

    Interview Questions
    • What assets would you bring to TXDOT if we hired you.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiations, they either hire you or nor at the posted salary.
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Data Modeler Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at TxDOT in August 2012.

    Interview Details

    Short hire meaning one interview. Phone interview, than in person interview. Interview lasted approximately one hour. Questions regarding data modeling only as what the job for. Interviewer not a modeler so way over her head - kinda like a deer in the headlights.

    Interview Questions
    • No difficult questions or unexpected questions. Only technical questions asked.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    State employment, no interview negotation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Summer Intern (Traffic Operations) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    - Very informal interview, was called in to the office to talk to who would be my supervisor
    - Asked general questions about past work experience, knowledge of the field, etc.
    - Was told they'd let me know within a week or two

    Negotiation Details
    The hourly wage for a summer intern was based off of hours completed. As a junior with almost senior credits, I was paid about $12.50
    Accepted Offer
  6.  

    Transportation Engineer III Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at TxDOT in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    I received a call from a newly promoted engineering supervisor calling me in for a position for which I had applied earlier in the week. As I had just started with another employer, I arranged for an after-hours interview about a week later.

    The formal interview was rote- written questions, and interviewer spent time furiously transcribing my verbal answers, instead of conversing and observing body language. I tried to ask some questions of my own, to try to get a feel for the work and the business processes, but that didn't go very far. We got through all of the questions from the employer side, but I was cut short when the interviewer got a call after we had been talking a little less than 1 hour. I didn't get a chance to see any of the current projects, learn anything about workload & backlog, and being after-hours, didn't meet any of the rest of the team.

    I got a call the next day expressing interest (and a few more calls over the next couple of weeks while references were checked), and a verbal offer about 3-1/2 weeks after the interview. No written offer was given. I declined the offer (it was very low), and countered with a compromise amount between the lowball offer and my current salary. The counter-offer was declined and the original offer repeated, with a short time to "take-it-or-leave-it".

    Interview Questions
    • N/A- the questions were all designed to probe level of experience/ expertise with job description requirements. Two of the six or seven questions were virtually identical in scope, only phrased differently.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Lowball offer, counter-offer which was well within advertised range was declined and lowball offer was repeated, unchanged, with a very short time to accept or decline (and no opportunity to learn more about the position or the work group).

    In retrospect, I dodged a bullet when they declined my counter-offer. Based on behavior of the supervisor (and supposedly, his management), I would probably have been walking into a very unsatisfying workplace- and been taking a 10% pay cut for the privilege.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Welder Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  El Paso, TX (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in El Paso, TX (US)
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 6 weeks - interviewed at TxDOT in December 2009.

    Interview Details

    no high school diploma required,did application passed a welding exam passed a driving license background check went to several unnecessary interviews no high school diploma needed for this work passed probationary period

    Interview Questions
    • when will i continue my high school graduation?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    told my boss i would finish my high school diploma later
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Auditor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Antonio, TX (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at TxDOT in July 2012.

    Interview Details

    I applied for the position in June and was called in July for an interview. I meet with the supervisor and had the interview. 3 weeks past and I got a call informing me that they had made a decision on the candidate and they had decided on me. I was a happy camper. 2 weeks later I received my official paperwork and will start on Oct 1.

    Interview Questions
    • What is determined to be clear evidence by IIA standards?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    The salary is already set by the state. Your offered will be based on your perceived skill level. I was offered the max for the position and I accepted. Once you are in the door and can prove your value the raise will come with the promotions.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Planner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at TxDOT.

    Interview Details

    Only those with inside connections get hired.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me how you would handle a false accusation by a co-worker.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Baby steps.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Maintenance Tech Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Gainesville, TX (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Gainesville, TX (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at TxDOT in March 2011.

    Interview Details

    took way to long

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    they wanted me to take a pay cut ( this is at the same I have been working at for 15 years)

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Engineering Tech I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX (US)
    Application Details

    The process took a day - interviewed at TxDOT in May 2012.

    Interview Details

    Just talked to the head engineer.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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