FDA Interview Questions & Reviews in Silver Spring, MD

Updated Jun 19, 2014
Updated Jun 19, 2014
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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Operations Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Silver Spring, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Silver Spring, MD
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 7 months - interviewed at FDA.

    Interview Details

    It is very slow. I applied end of December, and heard back that I was qualified about a month later. About a month after that, I was asked for a phone interview. Three weeks after the phone interview, I was asked to come down to Silver Spring for an in person interview. About a month after that, I was given my offer and a selection of start dates. If your given an offer, prepare for paperwork!

    Throughout the process, everyone I corresponded with and interviewed with was super friendly and helpful...which was part of the reason I accepted the position!

    Interview Questions
    • Phone (30 min): -What does the FDA do?
      -If you were in a high school play, what position are you?
      -Your boss emails you "There is a drug crisis in America"... how do you respond? What questions do you ask? What actions do you take?

      In-person (2.5 hr): -They asked me to prepare a 20 minute presentation on a project that I worked on.
      -During the application on USAJOBS, you had to fill out a questionnaire to determine if you qualified. I was asked about that questionnaire line by line.
      -You have a billion dollars. How do you make Excel better?
      -Greatest failure.
      -What sources do you use if you have questions? Which do you avoid?
        Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Its the government. They go off of the GS grid and will give you what your experience and education equate to. You may be able to negotiate a higher step with in a GS grade if you come in with experience.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Contract Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Silver Spring, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Silver Spring, MD
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at FDA in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    Interview was straightforward, no tricks, no mind games.

    Negotiation Details
    None. Its the GVT. Take it or leave it, at least at the entry level.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Orise Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Silver Spring, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Silver Spring, MD
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took a day - interviewed at FDA in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    Very casual hiring/interview process. Mostly through networking and recommendation rather than job hunting. A simple phone interview is all that was needed for me.

    Interview Questions
    • What's the difference between XXX and XXX?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I was able to negotiate a starting date that was more than 6 months away from the interview date. For most companies this would be impossible. But it worked here.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Biomedical Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Silver Spring, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Silver Spring, MD
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took a day - interviewed at FDA in May 2011.

    Interview Details

    I had an hour long interview with the hiring branch chief where he told me about the position and asked about my interest in the position. This was followed by a 5hr long on-site interview where I had 30 minute rotations between different administrators and engineers.

    Interview Questions
    • Why do you want to work for the FDA?   View Answer
    • What do you feel will be the most difficult aspect of this job for you?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Unable to negotiate a higher salary.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Research Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Silver Spring, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Silver Spring, MD
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at FDA in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    Went very well

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Did not negotiate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Silver Spring, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Silver Spring, MD
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took 2 days - interviewed at FDA in April 2010.

    Interview Details

    Interview was scheduled via email and phone. Finalized via phone interview. Talked about engineering classes, relation to project, material/mechanical properties. Very nice and courteous. Talk about your passions and why they relate to the project and you'll be fine. Salary was open for discussion. Lengthy governmental background check but well worth the effort due to pay.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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