Government of Canada Interview Questions

Updated Sep 14, 2014
Updated Sep 14, 2014
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  1.  

    Business Development Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Boston, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. 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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Junior Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 days - interviewed at Government of Canada in June 2011.

    Interview Details

    Very very easy. Just walked in and talked about my resume. There were questions about my favorite IDE and what I had done in school. I think it was because I was a student at the time and they already had other people from my program working for them.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    None to speak of
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
  3.  

    Executive Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 9 months - interviewed at Government of Canada in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    Initial contact was 8 months after I applied! After the initial exam Interview was with a panel of 3. Questions ranged from 'Tell us what you know about us', to the traditional behavioral interview questions 'what would you do in the following situation', or 'tell us about a time when you had to deal with a difficult employee. What was your solution, and what was the outcome.'

    Interview Questions
    • They asked what improvements I would bring to the position, which was difficult to answer, given I had never worked in the department...   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Initial offer was $15K below where I was currently earning. I needed to move, though, so I pushed back and told them that was unacceptable. They came back with an offer that was only $5k below where I was, and I accepted. Very reasonable folks all throughout the process.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Research Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied online. 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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Policy Analyst and Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Application Details

    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 Questions
    • standard interview questions - make sure you research the department well   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Heavy Equipment Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied online. 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.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Project Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Government of Canada.

    Interview Details

    Presentation letter, resume, interview and reference check

    Interview Questions
    • Can you tell us why the respect of cultural diversity in the workplace is important?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No possible negociation
    Accepted Offer
  9.  

    Informatics Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Saskatoon, SK (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Saskatoon, SK (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied online. 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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Policy Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. 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 Questions
    • 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
    Accepted Offer
  11.  

    Policy Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied online. 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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

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