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How to Get a Job at CalTrans

According to their LinkedIn profile, Caltrans provides "safe, sustainable, integrated and efficient transportation system to enhance California’s economy and livability." In order to launch your career with the California Department of Transportation, there are several steps and stages that you will need to go through. These stages usually include:

  • Application Process: The first step in the Caltrans application process will be to create a profile on the CalCareers webpage. In doing so, you will be able to create a State application, submit applications to jobs and examinations, store work history and cover letters, review job vacancy statuses and examination results, etc.
  • Entrance Exam: The test or tests that you will need to take during the Caltrans recruitment process will be determined by the role you have applied for. You will need to participate in a skills assessment exam prior to applying for any open Caltrans jobs.
  • Caltrans Job Search: Once you have passed your pre-employment assessment you will obtain List Eligibility. From there you will be able to search for and apply for open positions directly ffrom the Caltrans website.
  • Personal Interviews: If you have successfully passed your psychometric aptitude test and the application screening process, you will be invited to participate in one or more in-person interviews. Interviews at Caltrans are typically done before a panel.

Caltrans' Aptitude Tests

The entrance exam that you will be expected to take and pass prior to applying for any open roles at Caltrans will depend on the position and your qualifications. JobTestPrep offers dozens of comprehensive preparation packages (PrepPacks™) which include everything that you will need to tackle and successfully pass your pre-hire examinations at Caltrans. These preparation materials include:

Familiarizing yourself the formats and answers of your Caltrans employment exam will not only help to boost your confidence but your test scores as well. Start practicing with JobTestPrep to outscore other applicants & improve your chances of landing your dream career within Caltrans.

Caltrans Interview Questions

Below you will find many sample Caltrans interview question. These questions will often be a mix of those pertaining to your resume, previous experience, and working style:


  • What would you do if a project was falling behind schedule?
  • Where do you see yourself in the next 5-10 years?
  • What skills do you have that qualify you for this position?


Behavioral questions should be answered using the STAR method.


Parent Agency
California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA)



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