Don't work for Dept of Health unless you are looking for a place that rewards the bad and oppresses the good. If you have values, morals or integrity you will struggle greatly in this agency.
10-12 M-F but also usually worked part of Sat or Sun off the clock (no overtime). The workload at WA OSPI requires the hours just to keep up - not to get ahead - just to stay current. If working long hours is not in your DNA, or if you are married, or have children, or in a relationship, or have elderly parents to care for, skip the OSPI state agency.
What tips or advice would you give to someone interviewing at State of Washington?
Depending on the position, this could be a panel interview with a series of questions and timed responses. Be sure to ask about many people have held the position before you, how long did they stay, and how long has the position been vacant. Due to the high turnover in some state agencies, you will want to know this information before you accept employment. It should give you an idea of the stability of the agency and help you to make an informed decision.
No questions were personalized, they were a list I assume was given to all candidates. My interview was via Skype, and I did not get to see the questions in writing. The questions all asked for specific examples of things that had happened in your career, and wanted you to articulate the challenge, how you handled it, and what you would do differently. Questions seemed to focus on how you would handle policy changes or policies you disagreed with
It depends on who I'm talking to. People outside the world of public education don't have any ideas about OSPI, but I hesitate to tell district and school personnel that I work there. Our agency is regarded as sneaky and underhanded, untruthful, and out of touch. I usually avoid the question when I can.
How long does it take to get hired from start to finish at State of Washington? What are the steps along the way?
To become a licensed Real Estate Agent, there are specific schooling and licensing requirements.