FAA Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 11, 2014
Updated Jul 11, 2014
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    Air Traffic Control Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Tamiami, FL (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tamiami, FL (US)
    Application Details

    I interviewed in-person. The process took 6 months - interviewed at FAA.

    Interview Details

    College in an approved aviation program. Interview, security and medical clearance. Training and simulation at FAA Academy in Oklahoma City, OK. OJT at assigned facility.

    Interview Questions
    • You have to be able to watch a horrific crash and then continue working, because if you work in a tower long enough you will experience this. No one can take your place when this happens. If you can't do this you should consider another career.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Not negotiable.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    What is your Strength

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  3.  

    Contract Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a recruiter. The process took a day - interviewed at FAA in January 2013.

    Interview Details

    Panel style interview. Different department managers. Approx 10 questions. Are you a team player? Why do you want to work for the FAA? etc

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    I had a better opportunity in another sunny state on the west coast

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Anonymous Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Renton, WA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Renton, WA (US)
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 4 months - interviewed at FAA.

    Interview Details

    I was a contractor at the FAA. Lockheed Martin was my employer. It took 4 months from the time I was contacted to my start date. I was told my job would travel a lot, but was also told that it would be scheduled well in advance. This turned out not to be the case. I was constantly switched on trips at the last minute.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. The salary was the lowest contract I have made in many years. I figured out later that the full time people were making 30% more, had benefits and the contractors were low paid because the FAA wanted to slash the expenses. They pay air traffic controllers into the $200K, and they couldn't afford to pay a tech writer a decent wage, especially for all of the grief I had to put up with. I only took the job because they were hard to find at the time. Big mistake.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Contracts Attorney Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took 8 months - interviewed at FAA.

    Interview Details

    The hiring process took about eight months rom application submission to first day on the job.

    Interview Questions
    • There were no unexpected questions. Most just had to do with getting to know me and why my background and education was applicable. The managers did ask whether I intended to always practice in government contracts law.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Air Traffic Controller Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Multi-step process consisted of psychological testing, in-person interview at nearest facility, followed by medical testing.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiating. Just lots of waiting.
    Accepted Offer
  8.  

    Management Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY (US)
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at FAA in March 2009.

    Interview Details

    Hiring process was very fair and considered all of the previous work experience along with education.

    Interview Questions
    • Situation based questions--Problem, Action Taken, Result   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Open for negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Contract Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Renton, WA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Renton, WA (US)
    Application Details

    I interviewed in-person. The process took 2 months - interviewed at FAA.

    Interview Details

    Initially, lengthy online application process. Once done though, easy to edit and apply for future jobs. Interview time frame and hiring process is dependent on urgency to fill the position and of course, funding.

    Interview Questions
    • Being asked to expand on the definition of being "a team player". I've found the hiring person is looking for specific characteristics and not the canned response of "being able to work well with others, being flexible and adaptable". Person is looking for specific examples describing a situation, what you did in response, and what the outcome of the situation was.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    What were you able to negotiate? What advice would you give others considering an offer?
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Computer Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Oklahoma City, OK (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oklahoma City, OK (US)
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at FAA in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    Very slow process - 2-3 months. Process is similar throughout the FAA. There are variants when it comes to interviews. At the interview ask or listen to the rules and understand them before proceeding. When completing the application, detail and verbosity are key. There are key works used in the advertisement and, if not found in the resume, eliminate the applicant.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Very little negotion. Salaries are generally schedule values and not negotiable.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Regional Operations Center Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Renton, WA (US)
    Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA (US)
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at FAA in August 2012.

    Interview Details

    I was engaged two weeks prior to the interview with notification that I had been selected as a finalist. I was given the option for what interview period I would like [a one hour block with three interviewers as a preliminary followed by a 30 minute block with the hiring manager], then sent directions to the interview site in Renton. A background check was included in the process.

    Interview Questions
    • All questions followed a basic Performance Based interview process (find out about Performance Based Interviewing on VA website) - all the answers were there as well as Answers.com.
      Typical questions included:
      II Customer Service In your current job, who are your internal and external customers? Specifically, how do you get satisfaction feedback from your internal customers? Specifically, how do you get satisfaction feedback from your external customers? Give specific examples of how you have used both negative and positive feedback.
      II Interpersonal Effectiveness A part of this job is documenting your work. On a scale of 0 to 10 with 10 being excellent writing skills, how would you rate your writing ability? Give specific example of the types of documents you write routinely. What feedback do you get from your supervisor on your writing skills?
      II Personal Mastery Developing and using a detailed procedure is often very important in a job. Tell about a time when you needed to develop and use a detailed procedure to successfully complete a project.
      II Systems Thinking In your current job, what organizational change have you made or contributed to that you are proud of? How did you go about making the change? What has been the impact of the change?
      II Technical Skills Give me an example of a time when you used good judgment and decision-making in solving a problem.
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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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