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Deployed Forces Support Coordinator Interview

Deployed Forces Support Coordinator
San Diego, CA

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at US Department of Defense in November 2013.

Interview Details – The hiring process is pretty standard. Submit resume/applications to local HR offices. This is a wonderful place to work for room to grow if you really put your best foot forward. The internal hiring process is much simpler, and most positions will require an entry level position experience within the DOD for a couple of years or valuable experience directly to the program to contribute immediately. It can be tedious, but in reality it is worth it once you get your foot in the door. The interviews are panel review style, extremely professional, but also very sincere.

Interview Question – There are no "difficult" questions, merely questions that will allow them to grasp your knowledge of the concepts of their programs and missions and beliefs. The questions are aimed to discover what you actually know, and what you are making up as you go. If you know nothing of event programming, but are applying for an event programming career, their questions will bring that to light very quickly. Its a great place to work, they just value experience like everyone else. The entire thing can be very tedious and trying but patience is a virtue and great things come to those who wait.   Answer Question

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PHNSY Marine Machinary Mechanic Apprentices Interview

PHNSY Marine Machinary Mechanic Apprentices
Honolulu, HI

I applied through college or university and the process took 12 months - interviewed at US Department of Defense.

Interview Details – Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard hires about 100+ Blue Collar trade apprentices a year. About 1000 persons take the test every year, but only 20% pass. It's a 90% Math100 and English100 test. They also use key words is your resume to select where to place you. Then you do a interview with three supervisors.
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Interview Question – The shipyard is looking for long term workers, that works well in a teams and get along with everyone. It you have mechanical skills, talk about it because the interview will not ask you that questions. Because all the questions that every apprentice in a trade is asked is the same and you are not expected to know anything about your new trade. Pearl Harbor hires High School Graduates and Collage Students starting at $19.00+   View Answer

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Aerospace Inspector Interview

Aerospace Inspector

I applied online and interviewed at US Department of Defense.

Interview Details – Getting hired long and difficult. Will hire entry level position only, there is no room for advancement, nepotism is rampant throughout the entire system! The hiring official has no accountability on whom they hire.

Interview Question – most questions are behavior based   Answer Question

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Clerk Interview

Clerk
Killeen, TX

I applied in-person and the process took 3 days - interviewed at US Department of Defense in May 2009.

Interview Details – No interview was needed. Just a background check

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Telecommunications Specialist Interview

Telecommunications Specialist
Scott AFB, IL

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at US Department of Defense in January 2012.

Interview Details – Panel interview. One person on telecon, two persons in present.

Interview Question – What would you do if you were asked by a customer to give the best technical solution to their telecommunication challenge.   View Answer

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Logistics Manager Interview

Logistics Manager
Washington, DC

The process took a day - interviewed at US Department of Defense in March 2010.

Interview Details – You arrive with a group of people interviewing for the same job and your luck of the day determines what time you'll get to leave. Of course for security reasons absolutely no electronics are allowed, so bring a book. Questions were your basic interview questions.

Interview Question – Describe a time where you took a leadership position   Answer Question

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Program Integrator Interview

Program Integrator
Orlando, FL

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at US Department of Defense in September 2009.

Interview Details – Four people on the conference call although only one asked questions. Soon into the interview it became apparent that they were just "going through the motions" and holding the interviews because they were required to. There is a good chance they already had someone chosen for the position and only interviewed others because they had to. The questions were not for anyone other than someone who had worked at this position for some time. They knew with my application that I had no direct experience in this area but I did have experience closely related to this. One question was "did I fully understand" some referenced specification that is used by this position. I, nor anyone I've spoken to afterwards had ever heard of this specification being used. I was told by a very high ranking civilian who works for one of the military services in the area that often then do this to promote someone within their own organization. They choose the individual they want and then not fill the vacant position that person left. That very well could have been the case here.

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  • Did I fully understand and are familiar with xyz specification.   View Answer
  • Have I ever worked in a position where I had to understand, follow, track and report on the full life cycle of that pogram through close out?   View Answer

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Supervisory Auditor Interview

Supervisory Auditor
Washington, DC

The process took a day - interviewed at US Department of Defense in November 2009.

Interview Details – I've interviewed for several positions with DLA. They are always completely professional. This interview was with a panel of three. Thier questions are well thought out, and I understand that they are making some strategic, positive changes in thier accountability office.

Total professionals! Apparently, I was not selected, but this agency can afford to be rather selective.

Interview Question – Describe a situation where common sense served you better than your formal education.   Answer Question

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Information Technology Specialist Interview

Information Technology Specialist

I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at US Department of Defense.

Interview Details – Very complicated and truly is who you know. Everything is funneled through USAJOBS and you have no way of really checking the status. I only had 1 interview and it was great because it was more who i knew and that person had faith in my abilities to be able to do the job.

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Supply Management Interview

Supply Management

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at US Department of Defense in March 2012.

Interview Details – Initial contact made by hiring agency was acceptable however, their established time for the phone interview was changed at the very last moment without a specific timeline for the actual interview. Was contacted the next day at 0930 and asked to interview at 1300. Felt the interview went well and was disappointed and surprised, when I was not selected for the position.

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