I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at GAO.
Interview Details – The hiring process is inhibited by the screening process conducted by the agency's HR department (HCO). It's important that your experience and skills reflect the particular job's key-words for the desired knowledge and skills. The interview process is more relaxed, but it's important that you are able to demonstrate that you a both a team player and able to work independently.
Interview Question – How do you balance a defined processes with the need to think outside the box to solve problems? View Answer
Negotiation Details – It was not difficult, but salary increases may not be available. After you receive an offer, ask for a higher wage and state a good reason. They will consider it and either offer it or state that this is the take-it or leave-it amount.
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at GAO in May 2010.
Interview Details – fairly straight forward. they asked me a lot about the information i filled out in the questionnaire
I applied through college or university and the process took 5 days - interviewed at GAO in June 2011.
Interview Details – I applied for the internship through my programs career services director. I received a phone call to set up an interview about a month later (GAO was behind schedule due to the budget issues).
I had a 1 hour phone interview with two people from offices outside of DC. The questions focused on GAO's core competencies, such as communication skills, analytic skills, etc. I was usually asked to describe a situation that exemplified those skills. I was also asked to explain how I would conduct a study and how I would prepare a speech. The interviewers were friendly and nice, and often asked followup questions.
About 3-5 days after the interview, I received an email offering me a position.
Negotiation Details – No negotiation is allowed because they follow the GS pay scale for interns.
The process took 6 months - interviewed at GAO in July 2010.
Interview Details – The hiring process up to the interview took about 6 months. I had already accepted another job when GAO called for an interview. After debating merits, I took the interview and asked one of the interviewers via email for a reply ASAP due to my situation. HR got back to me the next day and I accepted their offer.
The interview itself was pretty easy. It consisted of a panel interview asking the basic behavioral questions. I would emphasis teamwork/collaboration, research and writing skills. Also mention any experience you have with interviewing people, editing papers and giving feedback.
The interviewers were friendly.
Interview Question – Describe a situation where you were in conflict with others and what did you do? Answer Question
The process took a day - interviewed at GAO in February 2010.
Interview Details – I filled out the application on USAjobs.gov. I was called to set up an interview about two months later. My interview was scheduled for my half birthday (February 10, 2010) during the Washington D.C. snow storms so I was stood up for the first scheduled interview, but we re rescheduled :)
I was supposed to be interviewed by a panel, but because there were people missing from the office there was only one gentleman and our conversation was recorded. They asked me about times when I was part of a team, how I prioritized projects, and my writing. It was very conversational and we talked more about his experience after the "interview" portion was over. We had a very honest conversation about the two positions I was being interviewed for and the pros and cons. The people I ended up working with were fantastic. The colleagues I found at the GAO were top notch.
Negotiation Details – I didn't negotiate, although I probably could have.
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at GAO in April 2010.
Interview Details – The interview included a simple phone interview that last about thirty minutes. I was asked the standard fit questions and briefly asked about my technical background. The interviewers seemed genuine and soundly like they actually enjoyed their work.
Interview Question – Please describe a situation where you were required to work with as part of a team. What was the biggest obstacle? How did you achieve it? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Since it is the government there is very little room for negotiating.
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at GAO in May 2010.
Interview Details – The interview was very casual and the interviewers very nice. I instantly felt comfortable, which is unusual for me. It was very conversational. They asked the typical interview questions (e.g., why do you want to work here, tell us more about your interests, skills, etc.)
Interview Question – Why do you want to work here? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 6 months - interviewed at GAO in March 2009.
Interview Details – I applied on USAJOBS in November 2008. Got an e-mail from the employer in mid January that they will be calling me to set up an interview. I was offered an option of having an in person or over the phone interview, and I took the phone option. They set up an over the phone interview 2-3 weeks ahead of time, that I had to reschedule because I had a bad cold and was all stuffed up, not good for a phone interview. They were very flexible and we came up with another date another 2-3 weeks into the future. The interview lasted close to 2 hours. I was interviewed by 3 people: 1 HR and two from the area that was hiring. They gave me the timeline when I would be hearing from them, and they contacted me with an offer just when they said they would.
Interview Question – What was your experience of working in teams: both position and negative. How did you handle the later. Answer Question
The process took a day - interviewed at GAO in April 2009.
Interview Details – I applied for the position using the USA jobs website. There were questions that required a narrative which I answered carefully. I refined my answers several times, as the website allows you to change your application up until the closing date. About 2 weeks later I was contacted by an HR person who scheduled me for an interview with the department chief and team members the following week. I was provided with their names and titles beforehand. The day of the interview I met with the HR contact who explained the process and answered my questions, and the interview itself was 45 minutes long, where I was asked about 4 or 5 open-ended questions which pertained to either my experience or the work that department does. I was told that they used a standard set of questions for this position so as to compare each applicant equally.
About 2 weeks later I was extended an offer and accepted.
Everyone involved seemed very happy and professional, and the entire process was extremely comfortable, yet focused on figuring out who I was and exploring my skillset. I think my timeframe was very short compared to the hiring of other GAO positions, such as analysts, and shouldn't be used as a comparison.
Interview Question – Explain how you would handle having to explain to someone that their project has been pre-empted by another more important project (not an exact quote) Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I did not negotiate as I was happy with the starting salary.
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