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Updated Nov 19, 2014
Updated Nov 19, 2014
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    Supervisor, GS-13 Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Suitland, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Suitland, MD
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at US Census Bureau.

    Interview Details

    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.

    Interview Questions
    • 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
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Field Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Miami, FL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Miami, FL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at US Census Bureau in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    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   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Auditor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    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 Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at US Census Bureau in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    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.

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    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Survey Statistician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Suitland, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Suitland, MD
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at US Census Bureau in August 2012.

    Interview Details

    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.

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Field Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a dayinterviewed at US Census Bureau in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    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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    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Statistician 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 Census Bureau in June 2011.

    Interview Details

    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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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Field Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a dayinterviewed at US Census Bureau in May 2011.

    Interview Details

    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?   View Answer
    • Tell me about a time when you persuaded someone to do something that they inititally did not want to do.   View Answer
    • We all face rejection at times. Tell me about a time you experienced rejection and how you dealt with it.   View Answer
    • Tell me about a time you had to deal with a very hostile person.   View Answer
    • Tell me about a time that you failed to perform well on an important task and how you dealt with it.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Field Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a dayinterviewed at US Census Bureau in May 2011.

    Interview Details

    The interview consists of three phases:

    1. Aptitude test. Multiple choice, 28 questions dealing with math and clerical skills. The Census Bureau has a practice test that you can download to prep for the real thing. Pretty easy.

    2. Mock Interview: You make believe you are a census field representative, asking some typical questions and writing down the answers. I believe that this is just to see if you are capable of reading aloud in a coherent, intelligible manner.

    3. Structured interview. The actual job interview. After the interviewer reads your resume and application, he gives you a score based on the bureau's requirements for the job. He then asks you a series of scripted questions.

    I worked as a Census Enumerator during the 2000 and 2010 decennial census's, so I felt I understood the skill set they were looking for. Census workers get a lot of push back from uncooperative respondents, and the job requires a strong ego, persistence, persuasiveness and closing ability. If you've ever been successful in sales you should be able to handle it. However, many cannot and the Census Bureau has a high turnover of their field personnel.

    Overall I thought I did well. Unfortunately for me and other job seekers, the Census Bureau's budget was recently slashed by 25%, and Congress is likely to cut it more before the year is out. That's likely to put a big dent in their hiring plans.

    Interview Questions
    • "Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a hostile person, and how did you handle it?"   View Answer
    • "Tell me about a time when you tried to do something and failed. How did you react to it?"   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Census Worker Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hannibal, MO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hannibal, MO
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a dayinterviewed at US Census Bureau in April 2010.

    Interview Details

    Very informal. Just had a quick discussion with the field supervisor. The fact that I was a veteran helped a lot during the hiring and interview phase. It gave you a 'leg up' over those who weren't veterans. So next time census rolls around, it would be a good way for vets to get some extra income especially if they were between jobs like I was.

    Interview Questions
    • I only wish that there had been more preparation and more information before you could go out into the field.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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