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Interviews at California State University

Here’s what others thought about the interview process at California State University.
Interview experience
Based on 171 interviews
Favorable
Interview difficulty
Based on 163 interviews
Medium
Interview process length
Based on 135 interviews
About a day or two

Interview process at California State University

Overview experience

On a scale of 1-10 where 1 is Poor and 10 is Excellent, rating is 9.

On a scale of 1-10 where 1 is Easy and 10 is Difficult, rating is 5.

Interview process length
About a day or two
26%
About a week
21%
About two weeks
20%
More than one month
18%
About a month
15%
Most reported steps
On-site interview
61%
Background check
35%
Phone call/screening
34%
Group interview
26%
Problem solving exercises
18%
Least reported steps
Drug test
7%
They have no interview
7%
Take-home/sample work
3%

What candidates say about the interview process at California State University

  • Rigorous. They have very strict guidelines and a robust ibternal process. Though the process causes the interview process to take longer, it is a very balanced process and has alot of good checks and …
    Shared on September 12, 2020 - Associate Director - Fresno, CA
  • Very simple phone interview process
    Shared on March 23, 2020 - Recreation Supervisor - San Francisco, CA
  • It was a panel of 4 people.
    Shared on February 20, 2017 - Special Assistant to the VP of Admin & Bus Affairs - Sacramento, CA

Interview questions at California State University

Commonly asked questions, as reported by candidates

  • First round was a panel interview. They asked 10 questions in 20 minuted. I cannot recall the questions they asked.
    Second round was in-person. One hour with one vice president, and then a second hour…
    Shared on September 12, 2020 - Associate Director - Fresno, CA
  • Background information
    Why do you want work here

    Explain your work history
    Shared on March 23, 2020 - Recreation Supervisor - San Francisco, CA
  • What are my strength and weaknesses?
    What are customer service skill do I think I have?
    Shared on November 27, 2017 - Calfornia - Calfornia

Interview tips at California State University

Dress code for the interview
  • Business casual (e.g. dress slacks)46%
  • Formal (business suit)31%
  • Casual (t-shirt and jeans)12%
  • They didn’t have a dress code9%
  • Special outfit (e.g. protective gear)2%

What advice do candidates give for interviewing at California State University

  • Emphasize importance of teaching student well and conducting good reserach
    Shared on November 16, 2019

The first interview at California State University

How candidates got an interview
  • Other24%
  • Employee referral23%
  • Other online job site16%
  • Campus placement14%
  • Paper application7%

How candidates received their first interview at California State University

  • I got my first interview at CSU San Bernardino through the Handshake Portal and the Annual Career Fair.
    Shared on May 20, 2019 - Student Assistant - San Bernardino, CA
  • I have applied through a job portal, Handshake.
    Shared on April 17, 2019 - ASSISTANT WEB DEVELOPER - Los Angeles, CA
  • I predicated following my graduation from CSUS in 1980 that I would return to CSUS Social Work Department and teach. It took me 13 years to return. I had a CSUS employee as my mentor and he encoruag…
    Shared on April 8, 2019 - Adjunct Professor - Sacramento, CA