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Accepted Offer – Reviewed Apr 27, 2013
Interview Details – The hiring process for an enumerator with the US Census Bureau starts with a basic test. Basic math, grammar, reading maps. Once that test is submitted, a candidate will likely be contact via phone for a short interview. Depending on availability, the candidate is hired and invited to a training session in their area.
Interview Question – I do not recall the questions. The main issue dealt with availability. Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Hillsboro, OR Mar 2010 – Reviewed Dec 27, 2012
Interview Details – To first be considered as a candidate, you attend a group meeting of whoever is interested in working for that years census. It is informational followed by submitting an application and a test to test skills you will need for the job. Test should be relatively easy for most people. If you are selected for the job, you will receive a call a week or so later from a local crew leader to tell you. Then you attend a several evening training sessions with that crew leader and the other enumerators. Work then commences and you have daily, in-person check ins with your crew leader (at their house or public place) to turn in your completed work for the day and pay sheet. If you do a good job in the main phase of enumerating, you may be selected by your crew member to move on to the last phase of the Census where the most difficult households are tried again.
Interview Question – None really. I had no job experience but was able to pass the test. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There is no salary negotiation. It is hourly with reimbursement for miles driven.
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Panama City Beach, FL Feb 2010 – Reviewed Dec 5, 2012
Interview Details – The interview took place at our local high school and was conducted by a very professional woman who was encouraging and friendly. She asked me about my skills and availability and gave me a test to complete. She graded it right away and let me know I was eligible.
Interview Question – There were no difficult or unexpected questions, but a clear background check is essential as well as good transportation. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation with this position.
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Atlanta, GA Feb 2010 – Reviewed Nov 22, 2012
Interview Details – I took a qualifying test which was held at the library a short distance from my home. There were approximately 50 questions which were very easy. Everyone in my group (about 50 people) passed the test. They graded them immediately after the test was given and if you stayed you could find out your score then and there. After the test we were told that they would do a background check and would be calling back with offers in a month or two.
Interview Question – A question designed to see whether you could read maps and follow directions (very logical under the circumstances but "different") Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I received a call over the phone with an offer.
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Anthem, AZ Mar 2009 – Reviewed Oct 4, 2012
Interview Details – One must apply online. If invited to an "interview" it actually consists of a half-day test that one must pass. On passing, you're hired.
Interview Question – There were no interview questions. The most difficult exam question had to do with the most direct route to cover a few blocks on a map. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Non-existent. If you pass the exam, you're hired!
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in New York, NY – Reviewed Jul 23, 2012
Interview Details – Test site exam> 70% or higher is passing. But most people gets in with 90% or higher
Interview Question – None most of the test exams are clerical/ location Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation government limit
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in White Plains, NY Apr 2010 – Reviewed Jul 7, 2012
Interview Details – There is a simple skills test of your knowledge of maps, identifying addresses, and reading comprehension. You are given your score the same day and if you pass you usually get a call back within a month as the census day approaches. There are other things that are filled out at the time of the test for payroll and other things. You are also finger printed. If you fail the test you can take it again at a later time. There is no formal interviewing, if you get the position you will get a call back. Once you get the call back you have a 3 day paid training session.
Interview Question – Do you want the job? View Answer
Negotiation Details – There is no negotiating, all earnings are predetermined based on the position and your location and everyone is paid the same based on your title.
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Gastonia, NC Mar 2010 – Reviewed Jan 21, 2012
Interview Details – I went online to find out how to apply for the US Census jobs for 2010. I found a phone number to call and set up the skills test. Before I left the testing session, I was informed of my test score and told I would be contacted. I received a call a few days later and got the job. Training was fully paid, and the salary was set at $15.25/hour plus mileage for everyone. Prior experience was not requested. Training was thorough and exhaustive.
Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation of salary Pay was equal across the board for all enumerators (people going door-to-door to group residences such as nursing homes, etc, or to individual homes).
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Honolulu, HI Apr 2010 – Reviewed Nov 4, 2011
Interview Details – Asked if you could handle the type of work needed...interviewing people and taking down information in an accurate and timely manner. Also asked if you had a vehicle and if you would be able to walk if need be to conduct interviews.
Interview Question – You were asked if you could work a given schedule on the spot and had to answer yes or no Answer Question
Negotiation Details – no negotiation...pay was stated during interview and you were asked if you accept or not.
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in San Jose, CA Apr 2009 – Reviewed Jul 20, 2011
Interview Details – The ad gave a number to call to schedule to take the test. The test took about an hour and was not very hard. I scored very high. About a year later, I got a phone call asking if I was still interested in the position. I said yes, and was told where and when to attend the training sessions. Training took three days and was paid.
Interview Question – No questions, aside from "Are you still interested?" Answer Question
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