Montana Department of Transportation

Montana Department of Transportation

Careers

The Interview

At MDT, our objective is to hire and retain the best-qualified candidates while ensuring we provide opportunities for individuals with a variety of backgrounds, cultures, faiths, genders, ages, and disabilities.

How does MDT select employees?

Our hiring decisions are based on qualifications. Your experience and knowledge are what counts. We look for motivated people who work well in a team environment.

Our interviewers are trained to select the best candidate. Interviewers learn how to ask the right questions to get information on work related ability and how to fairly rate responses. Human Resources and our Civil Rights Bureau monitor every selection process to ensure fairness whle removing any barriers that might exist.

What is the interview like?

We use a technique called, behavioral interviewing.

Behavioral interviewing is based on the principle that past behavior predicts future behavior. If you demonstrated a skill or behavior in the past, you are likely to do it here as well.

In the interview, we’ll be looking for actual examples of how you handled situations, how you approach your work, and what results you’ve achieved.

We conduct panel interviews.

This practice is not done to intimidate you. It is our way of ensuring fairness in the selection process.

Interviewing Tips

Here are a few tips to help you prepare for behavioral-based interviews.

  • Most applicants don’t talk enough during an interview. Give complete answers with specific examples of your skills or accomplishments.
  • Express a positive attitude and show enthusiasm in your answers.
  • Give examples of things you’ve done and results you’ve achieved. These can be from either work or personal experiences.
  • If you didn’t understand a question, ask the interviewer to repeat or clarify it.
  • Take time to organize your thoughts before answering a question. Our interviewers are trained to not only allow, but to expect silence after a question, while the applicant formulates their thoughts.
  • Feel free to ask questions about MDT and the position when it’s your turn.
  • Be sure to ask for the job!

Unless specifically asked by the interviewer, it is best not to ask questions about pay or benefits now. You want to impress the interview panel with what you can bring to MDT, and not leave an impression that it’s all about what you can get out of MDT.

If you are interested in this career opportunity with MDT, end the interview by saying you’d like to have the job. It’s amazing how many people don’t do this, and in a close decision, the person who asked for the job often tips the scale in their favor.

After the interview, you might want to send a thank you note. It can be a letter, e-mail or voicemail. This is your opportunity to summarize why you believe you are the right person for the job and what unique skills and abilities you can bring to MDT.

Core Values

Before the interview, it's a good idea to become familiar with MDT's core values.