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AS2 Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 6 months - interviewed 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 Question – The interviewer got off topic and we were interrupted by a fire drill Answer Question
Policy Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through another 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
Manager Financial Systems Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
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
Web Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
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.
Manager Interview (Neutral Experience)
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.
Security Officer Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
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.
Loan Officer/Underwriter Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
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.
Director Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
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
Program Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
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
Very Easy Interview
Counselor/Instructor Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy 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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