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IRS Tax Examiner Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 17, 2014
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Tax Examining Technician Interview

Tax Examining Technician
Cincinnati, OH

I applied online and interviewed at IRS.

Interview Details – The process is long and cumbersome through the internet. Feedback is good. They like resume and transcripts. A background investigation is done after you are hired. Sometimes no interview or one over the phone. Best employer HR for not getting caught up in phoney interview expectations. The color of your resume, suit you are wearing or staying up the night before practicing what HR people like to hear is joyfully not an issue.

Interview Question – They want very much detail that sometimes is very time consuming to look back and find. If you combine employment with company that changed it's name 3 times the background investigation will wonder why you did not list each individually. For years you are out of work they want exact dates.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiation. They go by opm wage tables.

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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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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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Tax Examiner Interview

Tax Examiner

I applied online and interviewed at IRS.

Interview Details – Initial hiring is based on an online application, screening, and scoring system. Itf referred for consideration, it is more of a process for lower level than an interview. Application should NOT be a one or two page resume. Make it relevant, but be sure to be as detailed as possible.

Negotiation Details – Not applicable.

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Tax Examiner Interview

Tax Examiner
Philadelphia, PA

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at IRS.

Interview Details – There was a job application to fill out at their site. There was also a test of general basic skills that a high school graduate would have followed by a brief interview for those who passed. The interviewer just asked if I was fine with the job conditions and requirements (such as wearing a headset, etc.). There were no questions on my backgroud or qualifications.

Negotiation Details – none

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Tax Examiner Interview

Tax Examiner
Austin, TX

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at IRS in February 2013.

Interview Details – Initially, I had to apply through the federal job website, then complete numerous processing forms (e.g. background check form, tax compliance form) and fingerprinting. Subsequently, I was contacted over the phone and had a brief interview with the hiring manager. The interview consisted of about six or seven questions and lasted about 15 - 20 minutes.

Interview Question – How do you deal with handling customer concerns?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – It just necessitated replying to a job offer email.

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Tax Examiner Interview

Tax Examiner
Ogden, UT

I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at IRS in February 2008.

Interview Details – I found the job listing on a job board and was asked to come in for a test. It was a similar test to the SAT. Once my score was tabulated, I spoke briefly with a recruiter who placed me in a position. It was an easy process, really, but there are a lot of background checks you must submit to to work for the government.

Interview Question – You have to submit to annual training to affirm that you won't disclose any sensitive taxpayer information. There is a lot that goes into that, and it's often difficult for some people to comply.   View Answer

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Tax Examining Clerk Interview

Tax Examining Clerk
Philadelphia, PA

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at IRS in August 2011.

Interview Details – An email was sent stating that I was super qualified for the position. Another email was sent informing me of the interview date and documents that had to be completed were attached to the email. I showed up and they had 20-30 people interviewing for 5 full time positions and 10 part-time seasonal positions. They kept everyone in a cold room, we had to be fingerprinted, submit documents and interviewed. I was interviewed by someone in the calling center but she did not have a copy of my resume. She had a list of questions but no one looks at the person's resume before or during the interview. Not that my past experience was applicable. But I was provided with an offer that was conditional based upon the outcome of my background check. They did not seem that organized. Many people who were pulled from human resources to interview people were not prepared or familiar with the interview process. It felt like an open cattle call. Lots of people pushed through. People were nice and friendly don't get me wrong but they knew that many of the people who came in would not be hired.

Interview Questions

  • Have you ever worked in a customer service position? (spoken with attitude)   View Answer
  • Have you ever answered telephones before?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiation the payscale is already pre-determined and negotiated with the union.

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Tax Examining Technician Interview

Tax Examining Technician
Austin, TX

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at IRS in December 2008.

Interview Details – Several hundred canidates for the position were brought into a large room and 5-10 reps came around and sat with each person verifing your work experience and asked a few questions. They had us all fill out a booklet, take a fingerprint then exit the building. Very boring, very long but everyone was very nice.

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Negotiation Details – You were given the ability to chose 3 shifts in preference order, most people were given 1 of there 3 choices. Salary was set by GS scale.

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Tax Examiner Interview

Tax Examiner

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at IRS in January 2011.

Interview Details – You must apply online using usajobs.gov. If you have a 4-year degree, you should automatically qualify. If you're a military veteran or have prior service in any federal agency, you will be on a preferred list and be contacted before those who do not.
You'll receive an email telling you to report to the local campus, where you will get fingerprinted and fill out a bazillion forms. Make sure to know where you've worked and lived for the past 10 years for the background check. Make sure you are current and paid in full for both state & federal tax obligations.

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Negotiation Details – There is no negotiation.

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