US Army Corps of Engineers
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Updated May 5, 2014
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(MP) Military Police
Baton Rouge, LA

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at US Army Corps of Engineers in January 2010.

Interview Details – Recruitment station hiring and interview for process full time entry into Army

Interview Question – What time would I be available for air station show for special force army soldiers airbourne division   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Ability to travel to Bosnia January and Israel for training and work duty

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Threat Analysis and Assessment Officer Interview

Threat Analysis and Assessment Officer

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Interview Details – Sub Contractor Hired me to work for the customer (USACE)

Interview Question – Can you work in an Austure environment?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Negotiation was fair and it went well.

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Power Plant Trainee I Interview

Power Plant Trainee I
Hendersonville, TN

I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at US Army Corps of Engineers in March 2014.

Interview Details – Applied in early December on USAJobs.gov. Was referred for consideration late Dec. Drove to Nashville for test on January 21. Was selected after making the minimum score on the test and had an interview. Interview was very structured. Panel of 4 with a monitor. 10 questions cut and dry about work experience, why you applied, what do you expect, strengths, weaknesses and such with no follow up questions. Had to thoroughly answer questions to make sure the info you wanted to relay was put out there because they didn't ask for more info in an answer.

Interview Question – Why are you a good choice for the trainee program?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No salary negotiation. Starting rate is set and pay increases happen with satisfactory progression through program. Start date is set the same for everyone in program.

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Real Estate Interview

Real Estate

I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at US Army Corps of Engineers.

Interview Details – Very general based on qualifications

Interview Question – Why would you be a good fit with organization?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Set income based on pay grade

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Student Engineer Interview

Student Engineer

I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at US Army Corps of Engineers.

Interview Details – I was first contacted by the site administrator, who I can tell was gauging my behavior over the phone. She set me up with an in-person interview with members of two different teams from different branches of the site. There, I was mostly asked behavioral questions and my experiences and preferences regarding different programming languages and frameworks. I absolutely did not know much about .NET, given that may expertise is in Java, but they seemed happy with my responses in general.

Interview Question – Describe a time you worked with a difficult team member and what you did to make the situation better.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I had zero negotiation. In fact, they eventually reduced my pay and grade to a GS-5, which I found very disappointing.

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Accounting Technician Interview

Accounting Technician

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at US Army Corps of Engineers in August 2012.

Interview Details – One panel interview, including Director, Deputy Director, and Supervisor.

Interview Question – Basic interview question. "your weakness, your strenghts, What do you do in negative situations? etc."   Answer Question

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Student Trainee Interview

Student Trainee
Winchester, VA

I applied online and the process took 6 months - interviewed at US Army Corps of Engineers in April 2013.

Interview Details – I discovered this position through the government job website- usajobs.gov. I then submitted my resume and all necessary documentation via that site, around 6-9 months prior to my desired starting date. After applying I received notification that my application was received via an automatic response email. After that, I received no communication of any sort from USACE, and I was yet to receive an official point of contact. I then received an email approximately a month before my desired starting date stating that I have been selected as qualified for this position and that I would have 48-72 hours to respond before they move to the next potential candidate. Very soon after I responded to indicate that I was indeed accepting this offer at the salary described in the previous email. Then I was bombarded with forms and security checks for the next couple weeks. After all of the needed forms and background checks were completed, an official contract was emailed to me to be signed and returned.

Interview Question – Having to schedule an appointment with the state building in Pittsburgh, PA to get my fingerprints taken without assistance from USACE because I was not able to come to their office in person due to the fact I was at my college.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – The contract was set in stone- take it or leave it

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Architect Interview

Architect

I applied online and the process took 6 months - interviewed at US Army Corps of Engineers.

Interview Details – Online application, lengthy evaluation, in person interview. Very lengthy process - 6 months.

Interview Question – If offered the jiob, would you take it?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Positions are based on the GS pay schedule, which incorporates grade and step. The grade isn't negotiable, but the step is. Ask for a higher step in the job grade, i.e. GS-11 step 6 rather than step 1.

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Architect Interview

Architect

I applied online and interviewed at US Army Corps of Engineers.

Interview Details – I applied online and was contacted a month later to see if I was interested in a face to face interview (They reimbursed me for my flight and hotel stay). I had 2 people in my interview-my direct supervisor and the supervisor of another division that I would be working with. About a month after my interview I was given a tentative offer that was followed with a firm offer and I completed some initial paperwork. I applied for the job in mid May, interviewed in July, offered a job in August and started work at the end of September.

Interview Question – It was a typical architecture interview. They asked me about my construction and design experience and looked at my work portfolio. They had a list of questions that they asked each of the 3 people they interviewed. They didn't as me any behavioral interview questions but I have had that experience in other Corps interviews.   Answer Question

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Law Office Clerk Interview

Law Office Clerk
Jacksonville, FL

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at US Army Corps of Engineers in June 2009.

Interview Details – Government: So they look at your background. It was about a 2 month process

Interview Question – Very behavioral   Answer Question

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