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US Department of Defense Interview Questions

Updated Oct 15, 2014
Updated Oct 15, 2014
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at US Department of Defense.

    Interview Details

    Interview was to show your logical reasoning abilities and values, not about skills. The interview requires you to hold (or abandon) an position, and frequently regresses to an investigation of the principles that underlie your position. Once the principles are articulated, the interviewer frequently uses them in other examples to their logical extreme in order to force an examination your principles and therefore your position. There were also group discussion in which interviewers pitted interviewees against each other in a similar fashion to gauge their abilities to argue, cooperate, etc.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  2.  

    Security Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at US Department of Defense in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied via USAjobs in July 2014. I uploaded all my documents and sent it along with my application. I received an e-mail during the first week of August 2014 asking me if I was still interested in the position and I was offered a date for a phone interview, which was about a week later. I did a panel interview (3 personnel from HR). It was the type of Robin interview where each person took turns asking a question or two (non-stop) be prepared for this.

    Interview Questions
    • It was a fair interview. It lasted about 30-35 minutes. I was asked approximately 12-15 questions. I do not recall exactly how many. Some of the questions i remember were the following:
      why did you decide to apply for this position?
      why should we hire you?
      describe in detail your government intelligence experience?
      describe intelligence equipment you have operate on? (they wanted a lot of details on this)
      how do i keep myself organized/ (they wanted LOTS of details on this one too, its a big part of the job, so i suggest you do your research well and even talk to people who currently perform this type of work, i did and it really helped me)
      describe a time when you had a disagreement with your boss or someone and how you handled it? where do you see yourself in the future/5 years?
      tell me about your military experience?
      describe how proficient i was with MS Office
      when will i be available to start working
       
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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    PHNSY Marine Machinary Mechanic Apprentices Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Honolulu, HI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Honolulu, HI
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 12+ monthsinterviewed 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.
    I

    Interview Questions
    • 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
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Deployed Forces Support Coordinator Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6.  

    Aerospace Inspector Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – 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 Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Telecommunications Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Scott AFB, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Scott AFB, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at US Department of Defense in January 2012.

    Interview Details

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

    Interview Questions
    • What would you do if you were asked by a customer to give the best technical solution to their telecommunication challenge.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Logistics Manager Interview

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

    The process took a dayinterviewed 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 Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Supervisory Auditor Interview

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

    The process took a dayinterviewed 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 Questions
    • Describe a situation where common sense served you better than your formal education.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Program Integrator Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed 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.

    Interview Questions
    • 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
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11.  

    Clerk Interview

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

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at US Department of Defense in May 2009.

    Interview Details

    No interview was needed. Just a background check

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

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