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Updated Jul 8, 2014
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Medical Support Assistant Interview

Medical Support Assistant

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Interview Details – had a telephone interview and then a face to face interview with three people on a panel. Was shown around the facility, and introduced to the staff who worked there.

Interview Question – Describe to me an incident that you had with a difficult customer   Answer Question

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Senior Operations Research Analyst Interview

Senior Operations Research Analyst
Washington, DC

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs in February 2013.

Interview Details – They had multiple rounds of interviews. The first interview involved a director, the direct supervisor (section chief), and one of the individuals working in the group that I would be joining. They asked several questions mostly to make sure you know your basics and a few tougher ones to undersrtand how you think

Interview Question – They asked some of the typical investment banker interview questions. I think they just want to make sure you can 1) think 2) won't crack under pressure (people really have just walked out).   View Answer

Negotiation Details – There was none and they probably would've pulled my offer if I pushed it

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Mental Health Interview

Mental Health

I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Interview Details – Back ground checks, drug test and physical, interview was with a panel-ask general questions about leadership and conflict resolution. Several questions regarding what you do if you had a conflict with a co-worker; how would communicate with your supervisor.

Interview Question – General questions which had very little to do with the job.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – no

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Registered Nurse Interview

Registered Nurse
Amarillo, TX

I applied in-person and the process took 4 months - interviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Interview Details – Long, drawn out and painful. Due to holiday season the Boarding committee did not meet because the regular meeting days fell on Holidays. I interviewed the day before Thanksgiving and accepted position tentatively awaiting pay grade offer around New Years and did not start until February 4th.

Interview Question – Many questions concerning difficult past job conflicts and the outcomes with co-workers, Bosses and Physicians.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – A 4-month process to receive a pay offer from the Boarding Committee.

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Social Worker Interview

Social Worker

I applied through college or university and interviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Interview Details – Did the cursory interview as is expected when one is completing their second year of a Masters program. I'm expected to write at least 30 words but there really isn't much to say when one considers this interview was set up through NYU's Master's program. Yes the VA will only take second year students but at that point it's a given your going to get the position.

Interview Question – Nothing out of the ordinary was asked as this was a cursory interview, I.E., make sure we could get along for nine months.   Answer Question

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Medical Support Assistant Interview

Medical Support Assistant

I applied in-person - interviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs in November 2013.

Interview Details – Phone interview, and then a one to one interview, background check and orientation. I waitied a few months for all of the paperwork to go through. There was a panel of three people who were conducting the interviewing portion of the position.

Negotiation Details – N.A

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LVN Interview

LVN
Martinez, CA

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Interview Details – Applied online. Easy as pie. 4 people in a room with manager, very cordial. All were hired. No difficult questions. More of a meet and greet to tell you you're hired and what's next. What's next is actually lots of meetings about policies and procedures and the VA structure. They need LVNs desperately. They leave quickly here at Matinez. Other VAs have less turnover.

Interview Question – So, when can you start? Lol   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There is no negotiation. You are paid according to a scale.

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Management and Program Analyst Interview

Management and Program Analyst
Augusta, GA

I applied online - interviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs in August 2013.

Interview Details – easy interview and standard behavior questions; 3 people panel;1 hour meeting;be yourself;get familiar with the job description and resume;be personal;if you know the top ten interview questions, you will be able to do well in the interview.

Interview Question – How to handle difficult co-workers?   Answer Question

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Project Manager Interview

Project Manager
Durham, NC

I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs in April 2013.

Interview Details – Initially, they solicited an informal cover letter and resume. Then a formal job announcement was posted, with a thorough questionnaire on my experience. I had a 1-on-1 phone interview, and after that, I was called in for an interview with the supervisor and the group. They used a standard set of behavioral interview questions. I'll note that the original position was described as one particular project, but once I accepted the job, they decided to put me on another project.

Interview Question – How have you handled irate customers?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – HR called and gave the offer. Little room to negotiate.

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Staff RN Interview

Staff RN
Bay Pines, FL

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs in April 2013.

Interview Details – Very enthusiast rid to join VA in 1992, and after 20 years of dedicated service to the Veterans, (my own father was a lifer), tossed out like garbage by insecure nurse manager

Interview Question – Management policies after 20 years of VA service,   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I was an enthusiastic new nurse in April 1993, and thrown away like garbage after 20 years, in which I received numerous awards

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