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Federal Government Interview Questions

Updated 7 Feb 2015
Updated 7 Feb 2015
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    Federal Investigator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI (US)
    Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through other source – interviewed at Federal Government.

    Interview Details

    Experience in problem resolution, confident, verbal, intelligent, knowledge of the rules of how the games are played and how to work with them and when to challenge them. Ability to edit form that are to be submitted to the public, eg: in error message above "atleast" should be "at least".

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    It was a long process between submitting application, communcication on status, interview and hiring. Five person interview team with each person asking a different question in succession. Technical and EEO participants.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    long
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Network Administrator/Project Management Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    In accordance with 5 CFR 338, this site contains policy established by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for General Schedule (GS) (or equivalent) white collar occupations in the Federal Government. This information is primarily for Federal agencies that need to determine whether applicants meet the minimum requirements for the positions being filled.
    Qualification standards are intended to identify applicants who are likely to perform successfully on the job, and to screen out those who are unlikely to do so. The standards are not designed to rank candidates, identify the best qualified applicants for particular positions, or otherwise substitute for a careful analysis of the applicant's knowledge, skills, and abilities.
    You may locate specific topics regarding qualifications policy by clicking on "General Policies" in the second tab. "General Policies" contain the following information

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Policy Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Federal Government.

    Interview Details

    I applied for an internship on usajobs.gov. I was called in for an interview. The process included having to hand-write write a timed essay. I later met with two senior officials. I was made an offer on the spot.

    Interview Questions
    • How do you prioritize your work? Describe how you procrastinate, because we all do it.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Director Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Federal Government in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    One interview, 5 panelists from across Agency. Since my SES qualifications were already established and certified by OPM, not as much time spent on ECQ-related issues. More questions on technology and budget. Not as much on supervisory issues. Several panelists were in the room and then 2 on telecon. Round-robin questions, lasted about an hour.

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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Web Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Security Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Counselor/Instructor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed 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 Questions
    • I was hired off my resume and experience. No interview was needed.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    None. It is a pay scale.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Senior Paralegal Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Federal Government in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    Hiring process took 4 months after applying. Lots of patience required since getting updates was an uphill battle against a behemoth bureaucracy. The status on USAJobs is not reliable. I've been on the job for 4 months and the status still shows that nobody is hired yet. Be prepared for more waiting after the interview.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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