US Department of Veterans Affairs Interview Questions

Updated Mar 25, 2015
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    Interview

    Applied on Thursday (12/18) , Interview on Monday (12/22). Have not received an offer as of 12/30.

    Panel interview with 2 people. They asked 5 questions (see below) and then I was given the opportunity to ask questions and/or give any additional statements.

    After the interview, I had to give a computer-based writing sample. I had 30 minutes to answer the following question:

    Based on your knowledge of the job description, how will your strengths significantly impact the performance of this office?

    Interview Questions

    • 1) Tell me about a time you took leadership of an organizational change. What was successful/unsuccessful? Looking back, is there anything you would change?

      2) Tell me about a time you had to get someone to accept a new idea. How did you go about it? What was the outcome?

      3) Tell me about a time you had to tell someone something they didn't want to hear? What was the result? What would you change?

      4) Tell me about a suggestion you have made to your supervisor in the past year. How did you come up with the ideas? What happened? How do you feel about the way things went?

      5) Tell me about a time you had to make a difficult decision on your own. How did you go about it? When do you need to seek assistance? What was the outcome?
       
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    Inpatient Medical Social Worker Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Pitts, PA
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs (Pitts, PA) in February 2015.

    Interview

    Used Performance based interviewing. Was provided 5 questions on a sheet of paper and asked to answer in the "STAR" format. Could take notes if needed. Questions are designed to have you think back to your experiences in previous jobs and apply those situations to how you answer the questions

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time when you received negative feedback
      Describe a time when you did not agree with your supervisor
       
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  3. Helpful (2)  

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs (Los Angeles, CA) in January 2015.

    Interview

    The interview process was conducted in a manner every expert recommends not to do. A "bum rush" of board members reviewing who was going to ask the cookie cut questions not relevant to the line of work a potential selectee is applying for. Able to use the opportunity to prepare for a different career opportunity.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you handle a disruptive customer?   1 Answer
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    Veteran Service Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Montgomery, AL
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs (Montgomery, AL) in January 2015.

    Interview

    1 month after applying I got a letter for an interview that was a month away. 3 person panel interview with performance based questions. I was asked approximately 10 questions that were pb. 30 minute interview, interviewers were friendly. Waiting now to see if I get selected for the 2nd interview. Got a call 2 days after interview letting me know I was going to be invited back for 2nd interview in 2 weeks!

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time you had a difficult situation & how you went about handling it.
      How would you handle an irate client?
      Tell me what you think is the most important aspect of working on a team.
      Tell me how you manage admistrative responsibilities & how you prioritize them.
      Do you really want to work here?
       
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Interview

    Seven different interviews. VA practices "performance based interviewing" which requires multiple, specific examples of your success in the workplace. Resume review is followed by a phone PBI interview. If you are passed on in that process generally 2-4 candidates will go to the facility for multiple face to face interviews.

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    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs in September 2014.

    Interview

    Applied online through USA Jobs, was contacted about 4 months later for a phone interview, answered some generic interview questions ( what do you know about this position, where do you see yourself in 5 years, biggest weakness/strength etc..) and was offered an in person interview. Went to the department and was interviewed by 5 other people in the department including the Chief BME, some Staff BME's and a BME tech. The second interview asked more situational questions like explain a time when you resolved a conflict, what would you do if this happened etc...

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    • Explain a time where a group member/co-worker had a problem with another persons diversity and what your actions were.   Answer Question
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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
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    really informal and unprofessional at the location i was at in LA, guy never called even after i left a message to follow up on, i would say go try the interview process bt dont expect to come back with any good hope and will be left guessing for weeks on what happened

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    Veterans Service Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
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    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs (Saint Paul, MN).

    Interview

    The telephonic interview was basic. There were two people on the panel.
    They asked what does integrity mean to you?
    Describe the type of worker you are in three words and explain each word?
    Why do you want to work for the VA?
    After the interview I received an email with to timed test (written and analytical)

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    New Graduate Nurse- Mental Health Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs (Palo Alto, CA) in August 2014.

    Interview

    I was called by the nurse manager and she also sent a follow up email regarding setting up an interview. I scheduled an interview for the following week. It was a panel with 3 other nurse managers and they asked behavioral interview style questions, also with some questions such as what I would do if I had realized I had made a medication error, and why did I want to work in mental health. I heard back via usajobs.gov approx. 3-4 weeks later.

    Interview Questions

    • I was thrown off by a question about a specific use of EBP, since we use it in pretty much all aspects of care!   Answer Question
  11. Helpful (3)  

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    Application

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

    Interview

    I applied online June 8th and was called for an interview on July 11th. I submitted a copy of my certification, college diplomas, fire/cpr/bls cards and resume. They asked me to bring a list of references to the interview. I spoke to a panel of 3 RNs that work on the unit. They took turns asking me questions that were mainly of a customer care nature.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work for the VA?   1 Answer

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