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Federal Government Interview Questions

Updated 9 Nov, 2014
Updated 9 Nov, 2014
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    Policy Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 8+ monthsinterviewed at Federal Government in March 2012.

    Interview Details

    written exam including substantive and situational questions. same for the interview. references followed

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    AS2 Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at Federal Government in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    The interview was extremely long, the testing wasn't really relevant to the job itself. They did have some very good questions and they seem to appreciate my experience. They also were very helpful of answering the questions that I was bringing to the table

    Interview Questions
    • The interviewer got off topic and we were interrupted by a fire drill   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Manager Financial Systems Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Federal Government in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    Applied in response to a Job Poster
    Wrote a test
    Appeared for an interview
    Was not selected due to lack of experience in areas other than Systems.

    Interview Questions
    • Give us an example where you showed team player   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    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.  

    Material Management Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a dayinterviewed 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 Questions
    Reasons for Declining

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    Declined Offer
  7.  

    Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate 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.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    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
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    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
  10. 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
  11.  

    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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