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Government of Canada Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 1, 2014

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Positive Experience

Average Interview

Protocol Officer Interview

Protocol Officer

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Government of Canada in May 2014.

Interview Details – Veteran priority hiring streamlined some of the process; within 24 hours of the deadline, I was asked to interview the following week. Due to distance, conducted a video conference interview with very senior department members. This interview was based on a behavioural experience model.

Interview Question – The questions were actually given before hand. Still the toughest part is phrasing answers as "I" instead of "we".   Answer Question


No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Director Interview

Director
Ottawa, ON (Canada)

I applied online and the process took 12 months - interviewed at Government of Canada.

Interview Details – The hiring and interview process was incredibly long and tedious. They were very disorganized and there were many gaps between understanding the next steps in the process. You have to be very patient as it can be a very drawn out process and with people who often do not fully understand the next steps. Get ready for a good deal of frustration.

Interview Question – Why did you work in the private sector?   Answer Question


No Offer

Negative Experience

Difficult Interview

Disability Adjudicator Interview

Disability Adjudicator

I applied online - interviewed at Government of Canada in December 2012.

Interview Details – Initial communication via email, inviting for a pre-screening test. Test consisted of two case studies. Next, interview invitation after a 1.5 weeks. Interview panel consisted of the unit and department managers, mostly competency based questions, with some behavioural.

Interview Question – How does someone who is using cocaine for 10 years present?   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Policy Analyst Interview

Policy Analyst
Ottawa, ON (Canada)

I applied online and the process took 5 months - interviewed at Government of Canada.

Interview Details – usually written exam, then interview, then reference check, then another interview to see if fit the position. Usually really long process.

Interview Question – qualities   Answer Question


No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Casual Support Agent Interview

Casual Support Agent

I applied through other source and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Government of Canada in February 2012.

Interview Details – They asked me 4 general questions regarding customer service.

Interview Question – How do you deal with stress.   Answer Question


No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Parks Presenter Interview

Parks Presenter
Banff, AB (Canada)

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Government of Canada in February 2011.

Interview Details – The interview process was made to be interactive and fun, which it was, but the questions asked didn't go in depth into any of the skills that were required of the job. The questions where either so specific that one could only give a yes or no question (e.g. do you have any interpretive training from the Interpretive Association of Canada?) or so broad that it was impossible to know what was desired in the answer.

After the interview Parks Canada tells you if you got the job as well as if they felt you were qualified, and invites you to contact them for specific feedback. I like that they company makes this a policy. When I asked for feedback I was told I didn't have qualifications which I did have, but was never asked about.

I appreciate some aspects of Parks Canada's interview process standards, but found the specific interview sequence that I experienced for this job completely insufficient in it's ability to find the desired skills.

Interview Question – I don't remember specific questions, just that they were very vague, or alternatively very specific, and there were very few of .   Answer Question


No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Policy Analyst Interview

Policy Analyst

The process took 2 days - interviewed at Government of Canada in April 2009.

Interview Details – Test, then group interview

Interview Question – Explain your leadership capabilities   View Answer


No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Technical Specialist Interview

Technical Specialist

The process took 2 days - interviewed at Government of Canada in May 2008.

Interview Details – Step one was a skills test, basic 90 minute, read paragraph comment on it, math, write a report.
Step two was a 3:1 interview that lasted 30 minutes or so, followed basic government questions, panel wrote down how you were doing as the interview progressed.
Be prepared as to past experiences, how you dealt with a difficult situation, what is a weakness of yours, etc.
Didn't get the job though was put on list for future consideration.

Interview Question – Describe a situation that you had to deal with a difficult fellow employee, how did you handle the situation?   Answer Question


No Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Data Base Entry Interview

Data Base Entry

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Government of Canada in November 2008.

Interview Details – Applied online and received email asking to come in for a skills and background test. Participated in a group test. Received word thru email that I passed the test, but no further contact was received from employer.

Interview Question – Questions like exact date of entry into Canada. Original copies of written references had to be presented.   Answer Question


No Offer

Negative Experience

Difficult Interview

Data Warehouse Architect Interview

Data Warehouse Architect
Ottawa, ON (Canada)

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Government of Canada in January 2008.

Interview Details – I attended an Interview for a DataWarehouse or BI/OLAP Architect

As I have worked for over 20 years in this area as a Prinicpal Consultant & Troubleshooter for the Software Vendor whose DataWarehouse and BI products were actually the prime ones being asked for.

Despite having actually written (AND given) some of the Training and Certifcation courses for the Software Vendor themselves, I was asked why I had NOT while as an EMployee - not been sent on such courses.

When I replied that I had been fully -billable for the Software Company Involved and since it was the policy to only send Staff on Courses when Opportunity permited, I had not had chance. I had also been advised that I didn;t need it and such a Certification was not mention as one of teh Qualifiactions for the Job.

It seems that they we so hung up on this that, despite the fact that I clearly demonstrated vert strong techical, communication and teamwork skills during the Interview (according to Feedback I later recieved), I did not get the Position. Apparently, ONE person (who was NOT going to be associated with the Job itself), got really hung up about the Certification - which came completely out of left field -from the viewpoint of the other two people conducting the Interview.

Since the dissenter was Superior in Government Rank to the IT Specialist and IT Manager interviewing me, then their veto, effectively won.

I only heard months later about what had happened when I happened by change to meet the IT Specialist who'd Interviewed me, at a DataWarehousing Conference in the USA.

I was also apparently, not suffciently Bi-lingual, for the Senior Civil Servants Satisfaction. (This despite my having lived and worked in Paris and regularly working with French speaking clients.

This was my first experience of dealing with Central Government from an Employee applcant viewpoint and to say I was somewhat disappointed at the Process, is a reasonable conclusion..

Hopefully, this is an isolated example of an Interview for a Job with the Government.

Interview Questions

  • Why do you not have a Certication in <Vendor_name> Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence?   View Answer
  • Why have <Vendor_name> sent you to a lot of non-Canadian clients?   View Answer

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