Very Easy Interview
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Defense Contract Audit Agency in January 2009.
Interview Details – Apply through USA Jobs or through campus interview programs
Interview Question – No difficult questions. Interviews are straightforward. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – You are unable to negotiate. You will be hired at the GS scale you applied under.
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Defense Contract Audit Agency in May 2011.
Interview Details – Applied on USAJOBS.gov at the end of Nov 2010 and received a call for an interview mid May 2011. Between that time, I received 2 emails (Dec 10 & Apr 11) asking if I was still "interested" in the position.
Interview was with 2 audit branch managers and 1 audit supervisor, all at the same time. Each person asked a questions from a list of stock behavioral interview questions. Tell me a time when....; what is your writing style.... etc, etc.
The people interviewing me have worked for the government for many years (ie. 20+ years). I asked what was the turnover rate, and they said next to none. If someone had left, it was because they switched agencies, like becoming an IRS agent, or something of the sort. This proved my hypothesis that once you land a federal job, you stay put.
Very laxed interview. I was running late to the interview, about 20 min late, and they seemed to be a-ok with it.
Negotiation Details – No negotiation. Since I was eligible for the GS 11/12 position, in the interview they said that if I could possibly start at the GS12 or GS11, at a step 6 or 7, or something of the sort. I ended up getting the GS-12.
I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Defense Contract Audit Agency in May 2009.
Interview Details – Interviewed at DCAA just out college while still in the Reserves. Had one telephone interview/introduction then came to the office in Pinellas Park for face to face. Interviewed with branch manager. The interviewer talked a lot about DCAA and emphasized it was a great place to work. He admitted the salaries were low to start ($30k depending on area) but entry-level auditors can go from GS-5/7 to GS-11 quickly. He asked me about specific courses taken in college and grades. (I have a B.S. Accounting, 3.11 GPA) He gave me a general accounting scenario and asked me a few audit-specific questions. He asked me about my military service and whether I had a clearance and talked about how long the process can take. At the end of the interview he informed me they had already made an offer to another candidate and that they had an opportunity in Orlando if I was interested. I declined as it is beyond normal commuting distance. He did email the next day and apologized for the situation and was complimentary. I wrote him a very polite letter of thanks.
Interview Question – Audit specific questions Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Defense Contract Audit Agency.
Interview Details – I only had one interview. There were three people doing the interview and they read from scripted questions.
Interview Question – What have you read lately? View Answer
Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation. You're slotted into either GS-7 or GS-9 pay to start.
Very Easy Interview
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Defense Contract Audit Agency.
Interview Details – I really didn't interview. I worked for a defense contractor and they pretty much didn't ask me any questions.
Interview Question – I was only asked what my favorite accounting class was. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation. You are hired in as a GS 7, 9, 11 or 12 based on your education and experience.
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