Government of Canada Interview Questions

Updated Jun 12, 2015
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    Bilingual Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Government of Canada (Ottawa, ON (Canada)) in March 2015.

    Interview

    There is a screening stage when applying for the job, I was then sent an essay style question in which I was to show how I had dealt with a specific type of situation in the past. I was then notified by email of an in-person interview.

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    • Scenario style question - your manager asks you to set up a conference call for people within your home team, and remotely   1 Answer
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    Protocol Officer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Government of Canada in May 2014.

    Interview

    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.

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

    Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 12+ monthsinterviewed at Government of Canada (Ottawa, ON (Canada)).

    Interview

    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.

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    Policy Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    No Offer

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ monthsinterviewed at Government of Canada (Ottawa, ON (Canada)).

    Interview

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

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    Senior Policy Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Government of Canada (Ottawa, ON (Canada)) in February 2013.

    Interview

    I received an email inviting me to an interview on phone. This was followed by a test and then a face to face interview. Everything went fine up to the face to face interview when none of the four panel members broke a smile or responded to my 'good morning" as I entered the room. While I began responding to the first interview question (my native language is English but with an accent), one of the panelists rolled her eyes. I was asked for references prior to the face-time interview and I found that it was a positive sign. Then, as I was ushered to the elevator after the 15 minute interview and I asked about sending some details about my third reference, the panelist looked confused and said that it was too soon and that a request for them should not have been made. Really unprofessional?!

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    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • How does someone who is using cocaine for 10 years present?   Answer Question
  8.  

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Government of Canada in February 2012.

    Interview

    They asked me 4 general questions regarding customer service.

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    Parks Presenter Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Banff, AB (Canada)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Government of Canada (Banff, AB (Canada)) in February 2011.

    Interview

    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 Questions

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

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Government of Canada in April 2009.

    Interview

    Test, then group interview

    Interview Questions

    • Explain your leadership capabilities   1 Answer
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    Data Base Entry Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Government of Canada in November 2008.

    Interview

    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 Questions

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