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Updated Aug 12, 2014
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Material Management Interview

Material Management

I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Federal Government.

Interview Details HIRED THORUGH RECRUITER, ASKEN QUESTIONS ON BACKGROUND, DRUG USE, WHAT TYPE OF JOB LOOKING FOR.We're committed to protecting our community from fraudulent submissions that might affect our ratings and reviews.

Interview Question – WHAT CAN YOU BRING TO COMPANY   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – GOT ORDERS

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Senior Management Analyst Interview

Senior Management Analyst
Arlington, VA (US)

I applied online and the process took 7 months - interviewed at Federal Government in April 2014.

Interview Details Panel interview provided insight on role and function of the organization. Discussed organizational structure and relationship. I was asked what I knew of the organization specifically any recent actiies etc. Worked off a specific list of questions for me to answer. Then allowed me time to ask questions that I had.

Negotiation Details – None

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Program Analyst Interview

Program Analyst
Seattle, WA (US)

I applied online - interviewed at Federal Government in July 2010.

Interview Details A successful phone screening is followed by an in person panel interview.. Questions geared to learn how a candidate might react or respond to on the job circumstances and challenges. Also to access skills for interpreting and applying complex policies and procedure and being able to explain to internal and external customers.

Interview Questions

  • Being asked how you would deal with a specific hypothetical issue or situation can be very tricky if one you have not had that exact experience.   View Answer
  • Some questions are role playing with specific questions about a specific complex and technical question. You are asked to provide an answer, citing agency verbiage that supports your answer.   View Answer
  • Having considered computers, software, and programming as being "technical", it took me aback when it was used in terms that dealt with questions that were geared toward how to answer or handle customer oriented issues. In government agencies. there are many policies and procedures that impact the lives, livelihood, and safety of the public being served.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Federal Government employment, salaries are based based on prior experience detailed in the resume and the supplemental questionnaire, This must be supported in your resume and supplemental questionnaire. Your resume must demonstrate accomplishments and the percentage of time savings and or monetary savings realized by the your job, department, and or agency as a result your accomplishments. Mentioning awards received helps support your claim.

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Web Manager Interview

Web Manager

I applied in-person and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Federal Government.

Interview Details Wouldn't try unless you're a U.S. military veteran. I have zero colleagues who got hired who are not vets. Process is straightforward. Of the vets the highest qualified is hired. All things being equal the highest qualified with what's perceived as a good personality is hired. So stay upbeat and positive during interview.

Interview Question – No surprises. All questions are canned: "Tell me a time when ...." Make sure you resume answers all questions because typically specific skill-related questions are not asked. It's presumed you're qualified if you get an interview.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Based on salary history. If you're a fed transfering there is little negotiation. If you're coming from the outside you might be able to negotiate a few steps, but not grades. Also, do not negotiate work/life until you're on board. Generally, work/life is excellent, so bringing it up during the interview or offer period might impact you getting the job. Or at the very least leave a bad taste in the hiring official's mouht.

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Manager Interview


I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Federal Government.

Interview Details The hiring process varies depending on which federal agency or department you work for--and if you have prior government or military experience. USA JOBS the portal / website where all federal opportunities are posted. Although specific organizations also post jobs on their specific websites. Be aware of the window for the application. And also note your application is flagged if either you are too senior or too junior for a position.

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Security Officer Interview

Security Officer
Minneapolis, MN (US)

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Federal Government.

Interview Details Very grueling. The interview was short and sweet. the initial paperwork and battery of tests took about 8+ hours per day for 3-4 days. Then you get sworn in and issued a badge. Back ground check took weeks. classroom training took about a week and on the job training took several months. Then you get to bid as the lowest seniority person for a shift (Maybe only part time) , and for your days off and work area.

Interview Question – No difficult or unexpected question in the interview.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – no. Everything is regulated by the Government, and written in stone.

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Loan Officer/Underwriter Interview

Loan Officer/Underwriter
Citrus Heights, CA (US)

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Federal Government in December 2012.

Interview Details The interview was very easy. As long as your resume is exactly what they are looking for. They screen your resume for experience first and If they like what they see you shall receive a phone call for a one on one interview to make sure you truely are qualified for this position. usually they tend to hire around tornado seasons.

Interview Question – Do not have any school debt that is in default nor any other federal debt that is in default or you will not be considered for any of these positions.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There was negotiations based on what ranking you would hold. Which would be a gs-9 or Gs-11.

Declined Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Director Interview

Washington, DC (US)

I applied in-person and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Federal Government in April 2012.

Interview Details USAJOBS, interview, waiting, security clearance, lots of waiting, little interaction from HR, drug test was easy to find, security clearance process is very long. Interview questions where very weak and did not really tell much about the jobs, interviewees did not seem interested in really finding the best candidate.

Interview Question – Why do you want to work for the federal comments.   View Answer

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Program Manager Interview

Program Manager
Washington, DC (US)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Federal Government in September 2010.

Interview Details Recruiting process, recruiter steps you through the entire process until you're in your job. They even picked you up at home and also took you to the airport. There were tests that were given, to include a 200 multiple choice test, a drug test, and medical test.

Interview Question – Having been in the position for 10+ years and then have to run an entire different program without any formal training.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiating

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Counselor/Instructor Interview


I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Federal Government.

Interview Details I found the job online. After searching through several contacts, I luckily found someone that could help me craft a great resume. My best advice is to look into the department you want to work in and find someone already there. Online makes it very easy.

Interview Question – I was hired off my resume and experience. No interview was needed.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – None. It is a pay scale.

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