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Business Development Assistant Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Government of Canada.
Interview Details – The interview process includes a test and in person interview. The test looks for how you handle projects and your writing skills. The in person interview is with a pannel and looks to see your people skills. The questions are both personal and knowledge based. The process is one interview.
Interview Question – Make sure you do speak any language you claim to. They will ask you a question in that language to gauge your ability. Most of the questions are how to handle people and situations, make sure you consider your personal approach. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There is no negotiation phase with a government position. The salaries are publicly posted and they will not and cannot budge on salary.
Research Scientist Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Government of Canada.
Interview Details – I submitted through the government's official website. There was one face to face interview (for which I had to travel from home to Ottawa). I received a positive response quite quickly. However, it took several months before the official job offer came through. This was definitely the most annoying part of the whole process but is standard for all government jobs.
Interview Question – There was no particularly difficult question. I think the interviewers had already made up their mind before I arrived there as it was very comradely. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – None. The government has specific salaries for your level.
Policy Analyst and Researcher Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I interviewed at Government of Canada in September 2010.
Interview Details – student bridging program after several coop terms. i knew the department well already and had a sense of the work. two rounds of interviewing - first one was by the phone because of travel and the second was in the office.
Interview Question – standard interview questions - make sure you research the department well Answer Question
Heavy Equipment Technician Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 10 months - interviewed at Government of Canada in June 2011.
Interview Details – A very long hiring process that lasted almost ten months. A theory example with poor grammar that appeared to have been compiled by a HR employee with no knowledge of the subject matter. Then to my surprise I was invited to take practical exam which was rather basic if not a little unusual in that I had to record the last calibration dates of the measuring tools I used. I then had a run of the mill interview with two gentle men that was kind of like a panel interview which was of modern format and encompassed all the skill sets. After that another interview in French to see if I would be willing to try and improve my French. Finally I went to sign my first contract which was renewed several times each time with a long story proceeding it and some degree of uncertainty.
Project Officer Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied online and interviewed at Government of Canada.
Interview Details – Presentation letter, resume, interview and reference check
Interview Question – Can you tell us why the respect of cultural diversity in the workplace is important? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No possible negociation
Informatics Officer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Government of Canada.
Interview Details – GoC has a site whereby you can see all the current jobs they are hiring. You apply and upload your resume to them. Provided you qualify you will be screened into the process. Then you will write an exam and go through an interview. If successful, you will now be in a pool from which managers can hire you from. Pools can last several years, or be refreshed from time to time.
Interview Question – How did you let someone go - how did you do it, how did you minimize the stress on the person and how did you handle it yourself? View Answer
Negotiation Details – Depending on the position and how difficult it is to find candidates you can sometimes start at a higher pay level than the usual initial beginning level. You need to ask about it since it is seldom expressed. Otherwise, the beginning level(s) are firmly set via collective agreements.
Policy Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied online and the process took a year or more - interviewed at Government of Canada.
Interview Details – Crazy convoluted hiring process that takes over a year. Managed to get though the test (although I failed many in other competitions first). Interview was 5 questions.
Interview Question – Tell us about a time when you had two conflicting choices and had to use your judgement to move forward? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There wasn't one, you accepted whatever was offered
Policy Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 6 months - interviewed at Government of Canada in May 2009.
Interview Details – Panel interview against 15 people. Two of us were hired for 4 months to compete against each other. one of us was hired on a full time basis. There was a phone interview, followed by two months of wiating for a one on one interview. They also performed background checks which prevented me from working there for a month.
Interview Question – What are your opinions on the duty to democracy and parliament under a minority government. I thought it was an odd question, and have no idea if I answered it right. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I negotiated to get into an accelerated promotion program, but there was no room to negoiate starting salary.
Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 12 months - interviewed at Government of Canada in September 2009.
Interview Details – I applied online through jobs.gc.ca for the position. It took over 1.5 years before I received a request to write an exam. I was screened into the competition after the exam. Once the pool was formed nothing happened for a few months, though I eventually started to get calls from hiring managers, and did 3 interviews. The process seemed somewhat disorganized, and the managers were competing for their top hire picks out of the pool without knowing whether the candidate was receiving multiple job offers or not. I wound up taking one of the jobs that I was offered, but in hindsight, would have liked to try and determine the best fit, rather than just jumping on the most sure choice! ...the interview process took 32 months from the initial online application to the day I started the job. that was the downer in the process, but I'm very happy I stuck it out! (I can't say that below, it's blocked by the ap!)
Interview Question – The only thing I remember was walking away thinking how utterly important it was to do my homework. Luckily I knew the subject matter inside and out, but that wasn't always the case for me when applying to other jobs I would have been qualified to do. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – For me it was a big promotion so I didn't have a lot of negotiation power. I knew I needed to prove myself when I landed, and kept that in mind.
Data Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
The process took 1 week - interviewed at Government of Canada in April 2012.
Interview Details – Don't hire to fill positions. Instead, frame the specific business need, identify the results the new employee has to deliver and determine the knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary to deliver those results.
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Interview Question – Why don't we have to use Arc Server? View Answer