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    Economist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Interview Details

    USAJOBS can be a difficult hurdle to leap over for any Federal Job. The site has gotten better in the past few years but it is still something like quicksand for resumes.

    The BLS specific interview process was an amazingly convenient and clearly explained process. The Human Resources employees are very friendly and knowledgeable. They were very quick to allow a phone interview, which is not always the case with other employers.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Salary was not enough to rent an apartment in the DC area.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Program Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at US Bureau of Labor Statistics in December 2012.

    Interview Details

    Applied for Program Analyst position at Washington, DC headquarters in October 2012 via USAJobs.gov. Interviewed one-on-one with Hiring Manager in December 2012 during their "Interview Week". Multiple groups within BLS were looking to hire Program Analysts however I only interviewed for one group. I received an offer from HR a week and a half later. I'm currently a fed at another agency and this was a status (internal) opening.

    Interview Questions
    • Technical questions regarding budgets, customer service, and administrative functions.
      Soft skills questions regarding communication skills and working in a team, these were asked in "behavioral interview" style.
        Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I'm a current fed and for me the position was a promotion to GS-9 so I will start at GS-9, step 1 ($51,630). The position is a GS-9/11/12 career ladder so I will be promoted to GS-11 next year and GS-12 the year after.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Economist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5+ monthsinterviewed at US Bureau of Labor Statistics in August 2012.

    Interview Details

    I applied through USAJobs and was one of the few rare people to actually get an interview. I applied to a particular announcement which I did not get selected for but was called later on that week for an interview for a position that was using the same vacancy announcement. I had one telephone interview with my Branch Chief. The questions revolved around team work as well as my ability to teach basic and advanced concepts to indivudals of all ages and educational backgrounds.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiations. I had tried but they would not budge on a single thing. This is typical of government agencies especially in the type of fiscal environment we are in now. I did however get a small salary bump because my previous government job straddled a GS-9 step 1 and step 2 and so the BLS decided to bump me to a GS-9 step 2.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Economist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at US Bureau of Labor Statistics in June 2011.

    Interview Details

    Typical interview process. They interview you and then let you know if you get the job.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Offer letter that I accepted.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Economist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5+ weeksinterviewed at US Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2009.

    Interview Details

    Interviewed with 20 interview managers throughout a day. Some interviews were done in groups, others one-on-one.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. You're subject to the GS pay scale.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    IT Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at US Bureau of Labor Statistics in January 2008.

    Interview Details

    First, expect a lengthy hiring process that will likely take a few months or more to completion.

    The first part of the hiring process involves filling out a long online application. The bulk of this application centers on KSA, or Knowledge Skill Assessments, which prompt the applicant to write an essay describing their experience and skills in a particular area. I cannot stress enough that you must do well on these KSAs or you won't even be called in for an interview. They get scored by a Subject Matter Expert. Only the candidates with the highest-rated KSA scores will make it to the interview round.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you create a document imaging application?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    They initially lowballed me and said they could only offer a Step 1. I would have had to take a 20k cut in pay to take this job. But after talking with the HR Specialist, he offered to try to do something for me. They had to do some paperwork, but I was eventually able to get a Step 9 at 20k more. So I would tell other candidates to not just accept what they offer. Bargain in a tactful way. Do not act demanding or pushy.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Field Economist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Interview Details

    I originally applied for the position over 6 months ago and finally got a phone call. The interview was professional yet they made me feel at ease. I interviewed with a panel, by myself and 3 weeks later was asked for references. The interview was basic questions detailing the job and my previous educational and professional experiences.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me what you're passionate about in Economics in French (since on my resume, I noted I am conversational in French). Not a hard question, but extremely unexpected. I was expecting questions like why do you think you are best for this job above others; instead I was asked to speak French.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    IT Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Interview Details

    Wonderful people and a very smooth interview process.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

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    Declined Offer

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