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Updated May 27, 2014

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Contract Specialist Interview

Contract Specialist
Bowie, MD

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at IRS.

Interview Details – Regardless of the job for which you're applying, write an extensive, LONG resume. One job per page - and fill each page with your responsibilities, accomplishments, how you overcame challenges, and how you contributed or improved your working environment. This isn't the private sector resume with bullet points! ELABORATE on your resume. You need to paint a picture for Human Resources so they know exactly who you are, how you managed your work day, and how you excelled or overcame challenges.

Also, follow the instructions on the job announcement. Include your employer, address, phone number, month & year of employment, full-time or part-time, and the number of hours you worked per week. Some managers conduct a phone interview first, so be prepared. Dress and professionally - whether on the phone or in person. Be calm, confident, and tell the truth. They will find out if what you say is factual.

Interview Question – Why do you want to work with the IRS?   View Answer

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Tax Examining Technician Interview

Tax Examining Technician
Fresno, CA

I applied online - interviewed at IRS in December 2010.

Interview Details – Apply on line and they will send you Email When & Where to go. No inteview for seasonal.

Interview Question – When you apply on line they will give you questionaire to answered the best you can   Answer Question

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Examiner Interview

Examiner
Philadelphia, PA

I interviewed at IRS in February 2011.

Interview Details – nice but didn't seem organized

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Notice Review Tax Examiner Interview

Notice Review Tax Examiner
Fresno, CA

I applied in-person - interviewed at IRS in December 2009.

Interview Details – Paper work, Finger prints and background check.

Interview Question – Understanding roles.   Answer Question

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Revenue Agent Interview

Revenue Agent
Seattle, WA

I applied online and the process took 12 months - interviewed at IRS in October 2011.

Interview Details – It was a group interview, done by a panel of 3 supervisors/group managers. They ask a specific set of questions, some are harder, depending upon the candidate, or who they want to let in or promote. No hiring in the last 3 years, and none on the horizon. It is always hard when you are going up against the considered favorite.

Interview Question – I do not remember the hardest question I was asked as they all appeared to be difficult.   Answer Question

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Operations Research Analyst Interview

Operations Research Analyst

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at IRS.

Interview Details – Phone interview is the only process for hiring. they do not provide onsite interview.

Interview Question – Tell me the time when you were doing the project handling with the data analysis.   Answer Question

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VITA Tax Clinic Site Coordinator Interview

VITA Tax Clinic Site Coordinator
Indianapolis, IN

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at IRS in January 2012.

Interview Details – I was referred for this job by a friend who knew the person in charge of finding candidates to interview. I contacted this person by email with my resume and later in the week received a phone call to set up a face-to-face interview. The interview was with one person in charge of the program, and one who was from the IRS. After the interview, I followed up several times, but did not receive a response. I therefore assume they chose someone else for the job.

Interview Question – "Tell us about a time when you have had to make a difficult decision. What was the situation? What decision did you make and what was the outcome?"   Answer Question

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Very Easy Interview

Data Transcriber Interview

Data Transcriber
Kansas City, MO

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at IRS in November 2012.

Interview Details – After I applied online I was emailed and told a time and date to get fingerprinted and take a typing test. After going through security you're told to go into a room and await the typing test. While you're waiting for that to begin, people come and get you to get your badge photo taken as well as your fingerprints. Also while you're waiting you get your paperwork checked. The whole process goes much faster if you print out all the required documents from the initial email you get sent. The typing test is mainly 10-key with a little bit of alpha thrown in there. There is a requirement you must meet. I think if you only get 90% accuracy you have to be able to type around 5000wpm. If you're able to type 100% accuracy you have to be able to type around 4500wpm I think. I was told there were a lot of applicants and we couldn't hear back from them for over a month and it would be only by email to grant approval for the background check.

Interview Question – There was nothing difficult or unexpected.   Answer Question

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Supervisory Internal Revenue Agent Interview

Supervisory Internal Revenue Agent
Northeast, NY

I applied online and the process took 2+ months - interviewed at IRS.

Interview Details – Applied for the position via USAJOBS, took about 2 months prior to hearing back, interview was scheduled rather quick, within the following week

Interview Question – describe how you decreased the taxpayer's burden(internal question)   View Answers (2)

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Contact Representative Interview

Contact Representative
Philadelphia, PA

I applied through other source and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at IRS in September 2012.

Interview Details – applied online in august, received email a couple weeks later prompting me to undergo an online simulation that would be graded. received followup a couple weeks later inviting me for interview.

Interview Question – Because it is the IRS, part of the interview is an extensive background checl   Answer Question

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