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  1. Helpful (1)  

    Outreach Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Vancouver, BC
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 3 days. I interviewed at BC Hydro (Vancouver, BC) in October 2009.

    Interview

    Everything was clear and easy throughout the process. the phone interview was typical- some person asking you the same questions they ask everyone else. Pretty basic process.

    The one on one interview was the problem. They got me down there to repeat some of the same questions from the phone interview and then proceeded to ask HR 101 questions and kept on scribbling on a sheet. By the time you get to the one on one interview, although I understand that it is important to ask certain staple questions, interviewers should be able to converse instead of interrogate. It was a waste of time and by the end they knew nothing about me nor did I about them. I expected more depth.

    Interview Questions

    • What would you do if a co-worker is not pulling their weight.   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    I had a better offer from another company


  2. Helpful (2)  

    Contracts Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at BC Hydro (Vancouver, BC) in April 2016.

    Interview

    Got a phone call from HR to schedule an interview about 3 weeks after applying online for a permanent position. The interview was a panel of 3 - team lead (the hiring manager), another team lead in the same division, a team lead in a different division. There were three blocks of questions: behavioral - all the standard questions you can find on the internet, technical (to evaluate general experience), and more technical (i.e. specific to contract management). Not a great experience because i don't appreciate behavioral interviews - you need to prepare to ensure examples you pick are a) tailored to the job in question, b) truly represent you at your best and it may still leave you feel "underrepresented" depending on the set of questions selected for the interview. The interviewers were busy writing down in the HR forms, the interview felt very formal and scripted, leaving little room for exchange. They were a bit heavy on using Hydro terms which are not industry standard and may not necessarily mean what you expect. Tip : don't ever be shy to clarify the term if you are not sure, they'll be more than happy to "translate" and won't hold it against you.
    The second round came 1 month later and was a general conversation, informal and completely unscripted, with the senior manager of the team. It was more of a more free flowing exchange, be prepared to lead that conversation and have plenty of questions that show curiously about the company, its culture, general direction, current issues, etc.
    The offer came in 1 week after the 2nd interview. There was no negotiation - i believe Hydro does not negotiate, but they generally do beat the Vancouver market.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you define Contract Management   1 Answer
    • Do you have experience with conformed/consolidated contracts, which do you prefer   Answer Question
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    Operations Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at BC Hydro (Burnaby, BC) in July 2011.

    Interview

    2 interviews, 1 on the phone, the second in person

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    They made an offer, I accepted


  4. Helpful (3)  

    CAD Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Nanaimo, BC
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at BC Hydro (Nanaimo, BC) in November 2016.

    Interview

    From the get go they asked about electrical certifications I had -- for a CAD TECHNICIAN JOB. Questions that could only be answered by working with BC hydro or being an electrician. They gave scouring faces when I said "no, no, no ...no? I do CAD, not wiring" They asked about proprietary software that no one could answer unless they worked and got trained on it. There was only one actual CAD question asked, and it was a basic "how do you do X on autoCAD." I knew BC hydro on the island was a closed shop, but this was ridiculous and a clear waste of my time. I am a highly experienced technician, which was why I though they called... The position was for a trainee gig and I think wanting the skills in the interview that they would be trained for is a bit excessive. It as clear they already had someone in mind and are just going through the motions because union. Any good hiring manager knows its easy to make all other candidates look unqualified if you craft the questions right.

    DO NOT believe the AstroTurf glass door reviews. The nepotistic truth about this top-heavy company is easy to find if you look. I think I might have dodged a bullet.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe in detail the steps you would take to install a new power service to a new client, Explain how our delivery billing system works in detail, give us an overview of how our CAD drafting ties in with *proprietary software,* & How would you hook up a new service?   1 Answer

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    Administration Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at BC Hydro in April 2010.

    Interview

    went very well. test wa over 30 minutes
    did not get feedback on the test but must have been good

    Interview Questions

    • what is the protocal on internal complaints   1 Answer
    • how would you deal with a difficult co-worker   1 Answer

  6. Helpful (3)  

    Administrative Assistant II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at BC Hydro.

    Interview

    Conversational panel interview, had a list of typical HR situational type questions but they were used as more of a guideline for the flow of the conversation. BC Hydro is funny though, I've been brought in for more than once for different positions and they always end up hiring from within. I feel like they are mandated by government to at least interview someone from outside the company but very rarely do they hire from the outside.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe your ideal manager?   1 Answer

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    Senior Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 7+ months. I interviewed at BC Hydro (Vancouver, BC) in September 2013.

    Interview

    It was a group setting. They took turns asking me all sorts of relatively easy questions. Then, I was given a challenging problem to solve in a limited amount of time, followed by another round of interviews

    Interview Questions

    • name a time that you had to deal with conflict   1 Answer
  8.  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at BC Hydro in September 2016.

    Interview

    Senior manager interview was in person. Informal interview. One interview to hire. Questions asked were practical and pertinent. Some were behavioral. Most were experience based and technical. The interviewer was very upfront about the role expectations. Interviewer was friendly. A quick intro with other team members after the interview.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Offer was competitive. No room for further negotiation due to hr salary bands.


  9. Helpful (1)  

    Anonymous Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at BC Hydro (Vancouver, BC) in April 2010.

    Interview

    Apply to position. Wait a long time (one month) for any response, then do a phone interview (due to the number of candidates) that basically is just to confirm you are still interested and agree to the minimum job requirements--not surprisingly by then they can weed out a number of people. Then wait several more weeks for an in-person interview with the manager and HR. Most questions are experiential, "describe an experience where you demonstrated... (this desirable or pre-requisite quality or bit of knowledge)". I also had a written test in my case. Then there was a crazily long wait to get a response, which turned out to be a job offer. With other companies you would think a long delay in responding means you're out of contention, but not with Hydro. Hydro is a behemoth, slow to get going, slow to stop or change direction.

    Interview Questions

    • Safety is a core value at BC Hydro. Tell us what safety means to you by giving an example from your previous work experience.   2 Answers

    Negotiation

    Union positions: take salary as is, or simply don't accept. The mngmnt's hands are firmly bound. I am not sure about the non-union professional association, except that you definitely do negotiate a starting salary and compensation in your interview so you might as well be upfront.


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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at BC Hydro (Burnaby, BC) in November 2009.

    Interview

    Good interview process with 3 levels of interviews: manager, manager\team and senior manager. Interviews set up through HR for timing and location.
    The people are professional and knowledgeable; work in standard office cubicles; work culture is friendly and engaging.

    Interview Questions

    • What do you think your most significant contribution to the team will be?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Discuss salary expectations if you don't want to leave money on the table.


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