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Federal Government Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 13, 2014
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Policy Analyst Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Ottawa, ON

I applied through other source and the process took 8 months - interviewed at Federal Government in March 2012.

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

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Difficult Interview

Manager Financial Systems Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Ottawa, ON

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed 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 Question – Give us an example where you showed team player   View Answer

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Accepted Offer

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Production Controller Interview

Anonymous Employee

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

Interview Details I was initially hired after the first interview and worked in my first crew but did not adjust too well there and was sent to another crew. With each position change I had to reinterview and that was okay. I had three different bosses. For the most part the people were okay. My interview questions were never more than about ten questions and usually range from safety to what would I do in the case of an emergency or if I saw an unsafe act. If you see an unsafe act Stop it immediately and go tell someone about it...

Interview Question – There really event any difficult questions during the interview because they are mostly pertaining to things you already know but they may throw something out there like what is an MSDS and where is it located? (btw, its a Material Safety Data sheet and its almost always located in a hallway or near the manager's office)   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – there wasn't one. It was pretty cut and dry

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Declined Offer

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Senior Operations Leader Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

Interviewed at Federal Government

Interview Details It is mainly done by recruiting

Interview Question – Do you have a degree or are you a holder of a violation   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

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Healthcare Administrator Interview

Anonymous Employee
Fairfax, VA (US)

I applied through other source and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Federal Government in June 2011.

Interview Details At the time of the BRAC, was transferred from a different hospital.

Interview Question – Are you willing to NOT use your Lean Six Sigma skills for a while, while we go through BRAC?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Already salaried at same level. No negotiation took place.

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Very Difficult Interview

Supervisory IT Specialist Interview

Anonymous Employee
Washington, DC (US)

I applied online and interviewed at Federal Government.

Interview Details Panel Interview from multiple level supervisors. Interview was based on intimidation.

Interview Question – I can't remember.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – It is government, There is no negotiation

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Accepted Offer

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Manager Interview

Manager
Newport News, VA (US)

I applied in-person and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Federal Government in February 2010.

Interview Details Resume and interview

Interview Question – Always one that asks to tell them about yourself   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation you start at the grade and step offered in the announcement.

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Accepted Offer

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TSO Interview

Anonymous Employee

Interviewed at Federal Government

Interview Details The process was fragmented. It took place over two years for no reasonable explanation. Many tests were required at numerous locations. The tests were mental and physical. None of the tests were difficult. There was little feedback throughout. After having worked with this organization for a couple of years and observing many of my colleagues, I am not sure what the hiring and interview process had to do with selecting employees.

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Accepted Offer

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Average Interview

Field Representative Interview

Anonymous Employee
Las Vegas, NV (US)

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Federal Government in May 2013.

Interview Details The hiring process was by way of application, written program test, and interview. Each having different phase levels. The interview was more at a social level. It was one on one with an representative. Once these phases were complete a job was made and then a complete background check.

Interview Question – What are your weaknesses?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – There were no negotiations that took place.

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Accepted Offer

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Electronics Engineer Interview

Electronics Engineer
San Diego, CA (US)

I applied through other source - interviewed at Federal Government in June 2010.

Interview Details Hiring was competitive, as were promotions along the way.

Interview Question – Put in a lot of situations - where I/we were representing the USG or USA and needed to quickly form a position on issues.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Since salary schedule is published (and public), there isn't a lot of negotiation. However, once on the inside, upward mobility was very achievable (and usually fair).

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