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I applied online. The process took 2 days – interviewed at U.S. General Services Administration (New York, NY) in June 2011.
Communication is typical Federal Government standard. The questions are comprised off of a standard list recommended and employed throughout the agency. Typically, there are at least two rounds of interviews if referred by HR and considered. If referred by HR, can be eliminated in first round. The division being considered was for the Public Building Services Division. History will show that the division typically hires from within. Pretty much wasted time to apply. Accountability is also questionable as part of the work culture. Since the hiring practice is to hire internally, benchmarking against the industry is limited. Have interfaced with the division in performing acquisitions of products and services. It is quite limited on its capabilities outside of construction services.
- Please describe a situation that you provide a solution to when a decision had to made between established milestone and quality of a particular project. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult InterviewAccepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 7+ months – interviewed at U.S. General Services Administration (New York, NY) in April 2008.
I saw the notice on Monstertrak.com for a paid internship for a Contract Specialist. You are in a two year probationary period. Applied by simply sending a cover letter and resume to HR. I was able to skip the USAJOBS.gov website. I recieved an email to call for scheduling an interview. I interviewed with a Panel of 3 managers at one time. I then had to get fingerprinted and a security check was done. I then got an email saying I recieved the job. The entire process from applying to recieving the email was about 7 months. Took 4 months just to hear they wanted an interview.
There was no negotiation
- No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult InterviewNo OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took a day – interviewed at U.S. General Services Administration in August 2011.
One hour Interview process for contracting officer with GSA. I heard they are great to work for so I applied. They start out the interview with introducing themselves on the panel. They follow up with what GSA does. They end up with letting you know the description of the job you would be doing and the buyers you would supervise. A lot of the questions are about your experience and the type of contracts you have done. The questions are many scenario questions and what you would do in different situations. It is not what you can really study for. No questions are given to you in advance. You pretty much have to have lots of experience with the type of contracts GSA deals with. You will also need a warrant for this position. You may feel you know the answer and respond that way, but is it the answer they were looking for? They were very friendly and try to make you comfortable.
- The reason for not having a warrant currently Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage InterviewNo OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 days – interviewed at U.S. General Services Administration in March 2011.
Potential Candidates coming from external to the agency have a good opportunity to get in to the agency. The agency is quite reluctant to hire intra-division. Work culture is fine however, the level of experience within the field practiced is average at best. The hiring process is standard Government. The initial contacts are well organized. Typically, there are a couple of panel interviews. Questions are selected from a standard list. Not all questions are presented. Indicating skill sets from the private industry will assist in the hiring process. Those coming in from the private industry may actually shine within if management encourages and supports new thinking and ideas.
- If a new project was needed to be completed, and all of the team members have a full assignment of packages, how would you hand out the project and what influence and determination your choice? Answer Question
- In a difficult situation with a client, how were you able to convey to the client convincingly that the strategy decided and employed is the right one and wny? 1 Answer
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