US Census Bureau Interview Questions

Updated Apr 8, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)  

    Economist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at US Census Bureau (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    Job market paper presentation followed by numerous individual meetings. Lots of smart, collegiate people. Very supportive, open work environment. Everyone seemed to be raving about their supervisor, which is always a good sign.

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    Census Taker Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Wake Forest, NC
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at US Census Bureau (Wake Forest, NC) in February 2015.

    Interview

    Your called from someone in Atlanta then have to do a 1 hour test with black pencil. Then you have to do mock interview. It is an almost all day event for a 5 week job.

    Interview Questions

    • They gave you sample mock interview as if you were going to a house.   1 Answer
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    Supervisor, GS-13 Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Suitland, MD
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at US Census Bureau (Suitland, MD).

    Interview

    I applied online. Two months later I received a call to interview. They were flexible for date/time. I thought the interview went well. It lasted nearly one hour and they loaded me with a lot of information about their operations. The manager said they would send me an e-mail with links so I could "get familiar" with what they do. That all sounded encouraging. Two weeks went by and I didn't hear anything. I sent a short polite e-mail to the manager for an update. No reply. The next day I sent an e-mail to the HR rep. Thirty minutes later, the manager gave me a call. They started that they had received my e-mail the day prior, but had not decided on a candidate at that point. They nicely told me that I was not selected.

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    • If selected for the job, where do you see yourself in one month, six months, and one year after you come on board?   Answer Question
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    Field Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at US Census Bureau (Miami, FL) in October 2014.

    Interview

    The process too actually get a test date was a few weeks long. Took the test and had an immediate interview. Was told that I should hear back from the Bureau in a few weeks or call we were told at the site that the position only offers 20-30 hours a month, yes month so this is really a part time job.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you have a problem going into some rough neighborhood's   1 Answer
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    Auditor Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Interview

    Written test with fifty questions timed.oral interview with real case problems to see how I would do.i ad to read a questionnaire that I would be reading to the survey population.the interviewer asked me how I would react in a certain situation the interviewer sad they were hiring and I would hear from them

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    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at US Census Bureau (Philadelphia, PA) in May 2013.

    Interview

    I filled out the application on USA jobs. That same week, I was called and ask was it a good time to ask a few questions, not knowing that this would be the official job interview. They had me on a 3 way with two of them asking me questions consecutively. After about 30 questions, they told me I was done the interview, and gave me a date to come into the office.

    Interview Questions

    • "Why do you want to work here?"   1 Answer
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    Survey Statistician Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Suitland, MD
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at US Census Bureau (Suitland, MD) in August 2012.

    Interview

    Applied online to pool in June. Called to schedule in person interview in August the following week. 5 person panel interview. All behavior questions. Apx. 1hr . Email response 2nd week of September.

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    Field Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at US Census Bureau (New York, NY) in April 2012.

    Interview

    I worked on the 2010 decennial operation as an enumerator and enjoyed my experience. After the decennial operation was completed, I contacted Census to see if they had any other job openings, and was told that they were testing people for the position of Field Representative (this was in April 2012). Unfortunately, working on the decennial operation will not get you any special consideration or credit when applying for other Census jobs....the application process begins anew as if you'd never worked for them. The hiring processes for the Field Rep position begins with a basic skills test (28 questions with a 30 minute time limit). This test is very similar to the one that was given for the decennial operation. Unlike the decennial operation, the Field Rep test is not given a percent score, but is pass/fail. Next up is a mock interview. The applicant is provided a script to read from. This was easy so long as you followed all the instructions on the script. Some questions will instruct you to ask the respondent to spell their answer and the like. They want to see if you can pay attention to detail, and can follow instructions. After the mock interview, there is a short structured interview....5-10 minutes. The interviewer asked basic questions such as, "Tell me about a time that you needed to deal with a difficult person." You are also required to provide a resume. The skills test, mock interview, structured interview and resume are then all used to assign a score to the applicant. After completing all of the above, I heard nothing back from the Census. I had no idea if I was being considered for a job. After some months, I called to inquire about the status of my application, and was told that I was on their list of "qualified applicants" and that I would be called if they had any openings. I was also told that the applicant list was good for 2 years.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time that you needed to deal with a difficult person, and how you handled it.   Answer Question
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    Statistician Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at US Census Bureau (Washington, DC) in June 2011.

    Interview

    They asked 10 questions, fairly standard. They wanted to know about experience with large data sets, which I didn't have.

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    Field Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at US Census Bureau (Dallas, TX) in May 2011.

    Interview

    If you are interested in this kind of work, there is a number to call. You call and tell them you are interested. The next time they have a testing and interview session, they will call you to come in. I had my testing and interview session yesterday. It's important to get there early. Get there before the designated time. You want to be first in line to sign in. Interviews are done in the order that people sign in. If you sign in early, you should be able to complete the process in half a day. The first task is the skills test. You must pass the skills test. The test is pretty easy, in my opinion. Basic math, vocabulary, and map reading. It's pass/fail and they don't tell you your score. High scores don't seem to help. The only thing that matters is that you pass. The interview is the important thing. On to the interview. There are two parts to the interview, a simulation of the job tasks, followed by a structured behavioral interview. The simulated job task involves reading a series of survey questions, the same kind of questions you would read when visiting a residence to gather information. If you can read aloud, you should do well on this part of the interview. The second part of the interview was some fairly standard interview questions. I hated it, but I am terrible in job interviews. If you do fairly well in most interviews, you should do alright.

    Interview Questions

    • Have you ever had a job in which you had to deal with the public?   1 Answer
    • Tell me about a time when you persuaded someone to do something that they inititally did not want to do.   1 Answer
    • We all face rejection at times. Tell me about a time you experienced rejection and how you dealt with it.   1 Answer
    • Tell me about a time you had to deal with a very hostile person.   1 Answer
    • Tell me about a time that you failed to perform well on an important task and how you dealt with it.   1 Answer
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