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Interviewing For a Position With DWD

How the Process Works

Here is some information about the interview process at the Department of Workforce Development (DWD), so you will have a better idea of what to expect when you come for your interview.

The interview is a structured process. It is designed to give all candidates equal consideration. The interview is timed, so each candidate has the same amount of time with the panel.

Prior to the interview, the supervisor developed interview questions and evaluation criteria that align with the qualifications the supervisor is seeking for the position.

  • Each candidate is asked the same questions.
  • The responses of each person who is interviewed are compared with the established evaluation criteria.
  • The criteria exists to determine if the candidate meets or exceeds the qualifications required.

Interviews are conducted by a panel of people with knowledge of the job being filled. The panel will likely include the immediate supervisor of the position.

During the interview, the panel members will be taking notes to be sure they have recorded your responses. That means that they might not be making a lot of direct eye contact with you. Do not assume this means they are unfriendly or uninterested in your responses.

When answering questions, please keep the following information in mind:

  • The interview panel has most likely not seen your application materials or assessment. Do not assume they have. Provide complete information about your training and experience in response to the questions, even if it means repeating something you provided earlier.
  • Each question is designed to get at a different aspect of your experience and training related to the job. Answer each question completely, even if it means repeating information from a previous question.
  • Even if you know one or more of the panel members, respond as if you don’t. By that we mean, please respond fully to the questions. The panel members use the information you provide during the interview to conduct their evaluation. They do not add personal knowledge they may have of you and your experience.

Following all the interviews, a decision will be made whether to conduct a next round of interviews or to recommend a candidate for the position.