IRS Internal Revenue Agent Interview Questions

Updated Aug 2, 2015
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Internal Revenue Agent Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tampa, FL
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at IRS (Tampa, FL).

Interview

Brief. You will be asked situational questions to determine how you would react in certain uncomfortable scenarios. They will also ask about your organizational skills with questions about how you would handle multiple appointments or meetings, or pressing deadlines. Sometimes this can be done in as little as five questions or ten. Depends on the panel which is typically 2-3 managers. Depending on the time frame you will be interviewing with several other individuals meaning you will possibly have the opportunity to converse with other potential candidates before walking in. You will possibly also be given a pen and paper in which to write down any questions or thoughts that pop up during the interview.

Interview Questions

  • What would you say to an individual who is in tears and tells you they don't know how they will pay for the liability generated?   1 Answer

Negotiation

NO NEGOTIATION

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    Internal Revenue Agent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Little Rock, AR
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at IRS (Little Rock, AR) in December 2011.

    Interview

    The interview process involves an online mock office scenario to see how you cam handle planning and scheduling which is a big part of the job. Once u make it through this round you are called for an in person interview which consists of standardized questions. My interview was very cold and formal.

    Interview Questions

    • If you are a revenue agent and a friend asks you for a recommendation of a good accountant how would you respond?   1 Answer
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    Internal Revenue Agent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at IRS (San Francisco, CA) in September 2011.

    Interview

    Panel interview with two individuals > one was personable, one was not > only one interview prior to being offered employment > interview was limited to approximately one hour > questions concentrated on time management and how one would handle confrontation with regards to notifying a taxpayer about a tax assessment from the course of an audit

    Interview Questions

    • How would you handle explaining a large tax assessment to an individual who has emotionally broke down in front of you?   Answer Question
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    Internal Revenue Agent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at IRS (Dallas, TX) in April 2011.

    Interview

    Interview was in two parts: first was a series of scenarios where I was asked what I would do in various situations (e.g., taxpayer ignores requests for appointments). These were behavioral/personality type questions clearly meant to screen applicants for job-suitability. Second was interview with territory manager where I was asked about why I wanted to work there.

    Interview Questions

    • What would you do if a taxpayer repeatedly ignores your requests for a meeting?   1 Answer
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    Internal Revenue Agent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at IRS (Dallas, TX) in January 2011.

    Interview

    Applied on USAJobs . com in October. Completed an online assessment which consists of easy accounting and tax questions along with behavioral questions. Interviewed in January with two group managers who asked behavioral questions along with questions such as.what are adjusting journal entries. Received tentative job offer in February pending preliminary results of background check. Stated in March and received final confirmation of background check in May.

    Interview Questions

    • What would you do if a taxpayer yelled at you?   1 Answer
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    Internal Revenue Agent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at IRS (New York, NY) in December 2009.

    Interview

    Were asked scenario based questions and how I would handle them. Use common sense and you will do fine. The entire process is incredibly frustrating though because I applied for the position in Sept 09, interviewed in Dec 09 and did not receive and offer until mid feb 10...

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    If you are currently employed in the accounting industry there is room for negotiations but if you are not then you cannot negotiate

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    Internal Revenue Agent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Argos, IN
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at IRS (Argos, IN) in September 2009.

    Interview

    Hiring and interview process was great! I was interviewed over the phone by approximately 5 people. They contacted me by phone the next day, and said that I had the job.

    Interview Questions

    • I don't remember that there was a difficult or unexpected question.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I didn't negotiate the salary.

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    Internal Revenue Agent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Waco, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at IRS (Waco, TX) in July 2009.

    Interview

    I interviewed in Austin for a position in Waco, TX. When I arrived I was greeted by a friendly recruiter who brought me and another recruit into a conference room. We were given information packets and allowed to ask questions. The other recruit was interviewing for another location, so he was taken to one room and I to another. There, I met with two supervisors from the Waco office. The interview makes sense. They asked me two questions that were pertinent to the position. They didn't ask any of those crazy open-ended "tell me about you" questions. They took notes quickly as I talked about what I would do in these hypothetical situations. When I was done, we talked for a few moments about my University (one was an alumni) and they confirmed I was interested in Waco. It was a short, efficient interview. Think about what an IRS Revenue Agent does before you answer the questions. I did a lot of research about the job before I went for the interview, so I felt very confident I understood what the job really is. Remember, we are to be customer-service driven... polite and empathetic... however, we still have a job to do. For anyone looking to go to the IRS, expect it to take a very long time. I applied for the position in May, took the assessment in June, and interviewed in early July. I heard back yesterday, nearly 3 weeks after my interview, that they were going to be extending me an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • Not allowed to disclose questions. You will be given different questions than I was.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    There really isn't an ability to negotiate. Pay is based on the OPM pay scales for your locality. It is less than I have been offered with other companies, but if you look at the TOTAL compensation package it is quite competitive. The stability is excellent, the work-life balance is unmatched, and the benefits are fantastic.

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    Internal Revenue Agent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at IRS in July 2009.

    Interview

    The application process was easy but very lengthy. It took the IRS almost two months to contact me after I had submitted all the required paper work and documents. The salary that the IRS started me off with was laughable.

    Interview Questions

    • The most unexpected part of the application process was the background check. I had to list each and every place that I had lived over the past 7 years. Since I was just out of college I had to list every dorm room and house that I had lived in while I was in school. I couldn't recall exact room or dorm numbers and the IRS took that as suspicious, which I thought was quite ridiculous.   Answer Question
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    Internal Revenue Agent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chico, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at IRS (Chico, CA) in April 2009.

    Interview

    Long, tedious, never know what is going on.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    None

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