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Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission

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Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Interview Questions

Updated 8 Apr 2015
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    Summer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.

    Interview

    The interview process was very relaxed and the interviewers were nice. They asked about 7 basic questions and then asked if I had any questions. Be prepared to answer questions about your background, and it might be a good idea to research the company thoroughly (current projects) before you sit down. It took awhile for them to get back to me, but I was glad they did eventually.

    Interview Questions

    • What qualifications do you feel you bring to the table, what are some things that interest you about WSSC, Tell us about yourself   1 Answer
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    IV&V Lead Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Laurel, MD (US)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (Laurel, MD (US)) in July 2014.

    Interview

    Primary Manager didn't have time to stay for all the interview. It was clear they had already decided on someone else. Another interviewer asked usual questions, nothing unexpected. But they wanted a known persona, who would not rock the boat of the bureaucracy there, yet who could handle difficult managers resistant to quality improvements. A tough combination. Never heard any more in spite of the promise not to leave me hanging.

    Interview Questions

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Laurel, MD (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (Laurel, MD (US)) in April 2014.

    Interview

    The interview Process I was a part of had the supervisor of my internship plus the people I would be working with on a daily basis. They asked me a list of questions that were very open ended and conceptual. I found the interview to be very low pressure and very open. It was not an interview where they saw how you reacted under pressure, more just they wanted to know what kind of worker you were and if you had the skills they desired.

    Interview Questions

    • I think if I recall correctly one was asking about our strengths.   1 Answer
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    Senior IT Security Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Laurel, MD (US)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    No Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (Laurel, MD (US)) in October 2013.

    Interview

    Submitted resume on company web site. Got a very polite negative response email within 48 hours. This clear, timely feedback was very refreshing.

    I have worked here on contract and found the employees to be competent and friendly. Management generally has clear and well articulated goals and procedures.

    Interview Questions

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    Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Laurel, MD (US)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (Laurel, MD (US)) in September 2013.

    Interview

    Was invited for interview within two weeks of application. Within one week of first interview, was invited for second interview as a finalist for position. The interview process and all communications were extremely professional, as were the interview panelists. Time allotment for the interviews was communicated upfront. Questions were directly relevant to the position. Consistent questions for all interviewees; panel took notes.

    Interview Questions

    • Did you exceed self-expectations in your current position? An unexpected question, but a good one.   Answer Question
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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.

    Interview

    Other writers reflect my experience; hiring at WSSC is exceptionally slow, think MONTHS not days. And lots of silence. If you are interested in a job soon, skip WSSC.
    Further, my sense is that WSSC may have been threatened with legal action at some point regarding their hiring as the process is EXCEPTIONALLY methodical, documented, observed, and detailed.
    I was interviewed by four technical specialists with an HR observer in the room. They had a list of 15 technical questions in my engineering field, and wouldn't give any context beyond repeating the question. Each of the panelists wrote down impressions regarding my answers to every question. It wasn't a conversation, it was more like a test. Followed with five 'personality' questions, like "tell me about a time when you faced a tough challenge, etc." nothing out of bounds.

    Interview Questions

    • One question included an two-letter abbreviation that could have had multiple meanings and the interviewer couldn't clarify.   Answer Question
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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.

    Interview

    Three interviews following 4 month initial application submission.

    Several cancellations on part of employer due to last minute emergencies - not unusual for "government-sector" platform environment.

    Company website is best-face marketing - as it should be - but not reflective of operations. Interview stakeholders, Read news articles, press and other reviews for balanced indicators.

    Interview Questions

    • What is the worse job experience and how did you overcome it?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Great.

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    Summer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Laurel, MD (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (Laurel, MD (US)) in May 2012.

    Interview

    I applied for a regular FT job and an internship. I was contacted for an interview for the internship position. I sat with the HR manager who interviewed me and asked me very basic questions. After I left, I was contacted about an hour later and offered the job. I was asked to come back that day to sign my offer letters. I didn't receive the salary I expected but it was a summer internship so it was only for a moment.

    Interview Questions

    • All of the questions were typical.
      What do you expect to get out of the internship?
      Why do you want this internship?
      Tell me about yourself.
       
      Answer Question
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    Summer Internship Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission in March 2011.

    Interview

    The interview process for one of the summer internships at WSSC was fairly painless. After sending in your online application (which is very short and simple), HR contacts you about scheduling an interview. If you are selected for an interview, you tell them what time you are available. All interviews for all of their internships are scheduled on a single day, but you can probably discuss it and reschedule if you can't make it on that day. When you arrive, you're directed to the interview room, and you sign in with HR. Then you wait with the other interviewees, until HR calls you to your interview. You get interviewed in the same large room that all other interviewees get interviewed in, so it can be a bit loud and distracting. That said, the questions they ask you are very typical (Tell me about yourself. Why do you want to join WSSC? What will you bring to the company?). The interviewers are very friendly and uncritical; they're expecting unpracticed students. After your interview, WSSC contacts you within about a month about the decision.

    I thought the whole process was fairly simple and very professional.

    Interview Questions

    • What will you bring to our office?   1 Answer
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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission in December 2010.

    Interview

    The hiring process is cumbersome, expensive for the applicant, and counterproductive for the company. The interviewers ask standard questions and are not forthcoming about engaging the applicant in dialog.

    Interview Questions

    • To write a WBS for a multimillion dollar project in 30 minutes.   1 Answer
    • Facilitate a meeting with argumentative people in 20 minutes.   1 Answer

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