SoCalGas's Hiring Process, Tests, and Interviews
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The SoCalGas Application Process SoCalGas Hiring Process

To start your application process, you need to upload your résumé and cover letter to the company’s website. After this, you will receive an invitation to take a personality test and one of the SoCalGas’s professional tests: the Mechanical Test (Blue Battery), the Administrative Test (Green Battery), the Technical Test (Red Battery), or the Clerical/Meter Reader & Customer Contact Test (Yellow Battery). Which test among these four you will be required to take will depend on the position you applied for.

The SoCalGas Interview Process

A Phone Interview: Provided you passed the personality assessment and battery test successfully, you will be contacted by a hiring manager and talk on the phone about your work history and career objectives.

A Panel Interview: After this, you will be invited for an in-person interview in Los Angeles, where the company is headquartered. As a rule, the interview at the SoCalGas is a panel interview. You will have a conversation with three or four managers representing different departments within the company. 

Questions posed in the panel interview will be situational, asking you to imagine how you would behave or react to a specific situation. There will also be behavioral questions designed to assess your general aptitude for the applied role. Depending on your prospective position, you may be asked technical questions as well. Examples of technical questions you may need to answer in the interview are as follows: “What are the variables of Bernoulli’s Equation?” and “What factors can affect the pressure of a fluid through a pipe with constant diameter?”

If you are being interviewed for the customer service representative position, you will take CSR Response Testing, during which you will listen to several pre-recorded phone calls and reply to a customer by choosing one of the six given options.

A Final Interview: Another interview may follow. This time, you will meet with a hiring manager and a vice president.

Prior to receiving a job offer, you will need to pass a criminal background check and a drug test.

SoCalGas's Interview Questions

Questions asked in the SoCalGas’s interviews are listed below:

  • Describe a time where you had to use and improve upon any kind of data.
  • Describe a difficult situation you encountered in your work experience and how you overcame it.  
  • It’s hard to practice what you preach. Tell us one time when you’ve had trouble doing something you told others to do.
  • Describe a time when you have had to step back and look at the bigger picture, instead of focusing on the details.
  • What tools did you use in your past jobs?
  • Have you ever encountered a situation where someone did not have any integrity and was basically cheating in order to perform the job they were assigned to do?  
  • How would you handle a situation in which you had to make an immediate decision about an issue you did not understand?  
  • Do you have difficulty telling people that you disagree with them?

SoCalGas’s Assessment Tests

The Southern California Gas Company requires its job applicants to pass several tests before deciding whether to invite them for a face-to-face interview.

The Personality Test: The first test is the online Personality Assessment. This test is designed to estimate your general aptitude for the position for which you are applying. It predicts whether you will engage in counterproductive behaviors such as time-wasting, fraud, and absenteeism. The Personality Test either asks you to evaluate people’s reactions to particular situations or rank your own behavior on the scale from one to five. JobTestPrep’s personality tests offers you a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with the test’s format and learn how to create a favorable image of yourself.    

When you pass the personality test, you will need to take one of SoCalGas’s four professional tests:

The Mechanical Test—Blue Battery: This test measures mechanical aptitude and consists of four parts, each of which focuses on applicants’ different cognitive abilities: mathematical skills, attention to details, and understanding of mechanical principles.

The Administrative Test—Green Battery: This test is offered to applicants competing for administrative positions. It is comprised of three parts that evaluate your reading, reasoning, and problem-solving abilities.

The Technical Test—Red Battery: This test is designed to evaluate job applicants’ technical skills. It is composed of four parts that measure your mechanical aptitude, symbolic reasoning, reading comprehension, and problem-solving skills.

The Clerical/Meter Reading & Customer Contact Test—Yellow Battery: This test is taken by applicants competing for clerical, meter-reading, and customer contact positions. It gauges their ability to follow rules and code information. It also measures their language and numerical skills.

SoCalGas’s professional assessments are complicated. They have a very short time limit and demand attention to details, concentration, and quick thinking. You will significantly increase your chances of succeeding in your tests if you practice with our all-inclusive PrepPack™ containing models of the Mechanical, Administrative, Technical, and Clerical tests as well as detailed study guides.

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About the Southern California Gas Company

Headquartered in Downtown Los Angeles, SoCalGas distributes natural gas to the Southern California region. Around 22 million customers use the company’s services and receive natural gas from it. The territory that SoCalGas serves extends from Visalia in the north to the Mexican border in the south.  The Southern California Gas also owns gas transmission compressor stations and underground storage facilities. The company has 10,000 employees and continues hiring across all its departments.

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