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Senior Administrative Analyst

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Description:  Perform highly responsible administrative and technical research and analysis for the Finance Division of the Administrative Services Department; to research, analyze and prepare administrative and analytical reports and projects in support of Finance Division activities; and to provide direct administrative support to the department/division head.

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Practice Senior Administrative Analyst Interview

  1. Tell us about yourself.
    Tips on your interview opening.

  2. You've been asked to present the City budget to a citizen's group. During the question and answer period, one of the citizens states that the potholes on his street are not being fixed. The citizen becomes more and more angry as he states his opinion of the City's service response. What will you do?
    Traditional irate customer question with a twist. Let them vent, listen, ID the problem, tell them you'll research and get back to him.

  3. What aspect of your current job do you dislike the most?
    Don't focus on those aspects that are vital to the Senior Administrative Analyst position.

  4. During the past few years we've had a number of new Department heads. Your assignment is to prepare a budget training program for the new Department heads. How will you structure the training program?

  5. You've been asked to reduce the budget by 10%. What criteria will you use in identifying the budget reductions?
    In civil service the typical criteria to prioritize the budget are 1) mandatory (EPA etc.); 2) required (police and fire); 3) economic (positive cost/benefit, economic justification) and 4) desirable (contributes to the quality of life, but no economic justification)

  6. You've been given the assignment to evaluate the purchase of a new material management system for the City? What factors will you consider in your evaluation?

  7. Based on your recommendation, the City has decided to buy the new material management system. You have been given the assignment of monitoring the contract. What steps will you take to insure that the installation of the new system proceeds according to the contract?

  8. What is net present value?
    The net present value of  is the present value of the cash inflows less the present value of the cash outflows.

  9. Have we missed anything?
    Tips on your interview closing.


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