Granicus Assessment (CCAT & Personality): Overview & Prep
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Tammar, Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test (CCAT) Expert at JobTestPrep.

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What to Expect on the Granicus Assessment Tests?

The Granicus assessments are comprised of two parts - a cognitive ability test and a personality test.

Granicus Cognitive Test

Granicus, similar to other Vista Equity companies, uses the Vista CCAT version of the Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test (CCAT) to measure its candidates' cognitive ability.

The CCAT includes 50 questions and it takes 15 minutes to complete. The test covers math, verbal, spatial reasoning, and logic questions that differ in their difficulty level.

To get a better understanding of the test, visit our in-depth CCAT test guide and watch the following short video:


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To try CCAT sample questions, go to our free CCAT practice test page, which includes 24 practice questions with answers.

Granicus Personality Assessment

Granicus requires their prospective employees to take a Personality Assessment. This test measures your aptitude for your applied position together with your natural ability to interact peacefully and productively in different settings with your co-workers.

Creating a pleasant and dynamic working environment is important to Granicus; therefore, they want to understand the personalities of their would-be employees before hiring them.  

Tasks on the Personality Assessment ask you either to imagine people’s reactions to certain scenarios or grade your own attitude to certain problems on a scale from 1 to 5.  You are expected to reply honestly and impromptu.

Granicus Hiring Process Overview

  • Phone Interview - Once recruiters receive your online application and résumé, they will call you to have a brief phone interview with you regarding your education and job qualifications.
  • The Cognitive & the personality test - After this, you will be asked to take the cognitive and personality test. The test has a very short time limit and needs to be done with utmost attention and concentration.

    Passing the cognitive test is of paramount importance because a recruiter’s decision to invite you for another set of interviews depends exclusively on how well you do on your initial assessment.
  • Virtual Interview - If you score high on your test and demonstrate the necessary aptitudes on you’re personality test, you will have a phone or Skype/Zoom interview with Granicus representatives. Be ready to answer questions about your motivation to work in the company.

    You may also be asked about your interest in governmental programs and asked to elaborate on your ideas on how to increase their effects on the lives of citizens. The interviewer might also talk to you about Granicus and the work benefits that you receive when you get hired.
  • Face-to-Face Interview - The next step is another interview, this time in one of the company’s offices. During this interview, you will talk to several Granicus managers and team leaders either in person or on Skype. Questions asked in this interview are mostly competency-based.

    If you apply for the position of Software Automation Engineer, Java Developer, or Technical Support Representative, you will need to answer technical questions that are designed to evaluate your professionalism. This interview may last up to four hours.

Interviews at Granicus

Granicus’ pre-employment process involves several interviews. Initially, you will have a phone conversation with a recruiter, who will ask you questions about your education and working experience.

The second interview is with your prospective manager conducted either by phone or on Skype or Zoom. Questions asked at this stage are mostly competency-based. You may also discuss your motivation to work at Granicus and the company’s goals and missions.

Next is a set of various face-to-face interviews with Granicus’s top managers and team leaders in one of the company’s offices. Several of the questions asked in interviews at Granicus are listed below.

  • What is your experience in government communication?
  • Why do you want to work for Granicus?  
  • How do you deal with co-workers who are disruptive?  
  • How would you handle disagreements between team members?  
  • Tell me about one of the projects you mention in your résumé.  
  • What is the most important quality a good engineer should have?
  • Do you have experience with MS Servers and IIS? 

In order to sound confident and professional in your conversation with Granicus employers, it is highly advisable to think these and similar questions out, and clearly formulate your answers to them. You should also read about the company and its business objectives on Granicus' official site.

About Granicus

Granicus is a company that offers cloud-based solutions for communications, meeting and agenda management, and digital services to more than 3,000 government organizations. Its products connect over 150 million people across North America and the United Kingdom. A part of Vista Equity Partners and headquartered in Denver, CO, Granicus also has offices in Colorado, Minnesota, Washington DC, Saint Paul, and London.

Granicus has 500 employees and continues hiring for position openings in all its departments. Last year, its Business Development department employed 75% new employees; its Information Technology expanded by 8%, while its Sales department was enlarged by 24%. In 2016, Granicus also employed 7% more engineers. Overall, in the last two years, the company’s staff has grown by 37%.

The company’s revenue is 100,000 million a year and its employees’ annual salaries range from $40,000 to $100,000, depending on the position. Thus, a Customer Success Manager earns $41,120 a year; an annual wage of an Account Manager is $54,871, and a Software Engineer’s salary reaches $98,979 a year.


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