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US Department of Veterans Affairs Interview Questions

Updated Nov 23, 2014
Updated Nov 23, 2014
120 Interview Reviews

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    Medical Support Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Interview Details

    Was notified of interview through the veterans recruitment coordinator. Interview was about thirty minutes long. There were two people on the panel. The asked many questions, all of which were fairly easy to answer. Common since answers.

    Interview Questions
    • What would you do if a customer was hostile.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Medical Support Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Interview Details

    Very long process, background checks everything goes through an HR department that covers over 20,000 employees but the wait is usually the background checks and being able to get in touch with references and past employers.

    Interview Questions
    • Performance Based Interview Questions. Interviewers want examples not just answers   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  3.  

    Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Black hole of USAJOBS application process leaves a lot to be desired. Application status closures are not done consistently. Performance-based interviews are done, which are not an actual measure of how work is really done. Like teaching to the test, the candidate shows that they know how to do a performance-based interview, not the actual job. It seems that candidates may already be chosen for the job, even prior to the interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you had to work with an irate client.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    None. You get what they advertise.
    Accepted Offer
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    Medical Support Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied in September, got an email and interview in October, and was offered a position today!! 20 Nov. 14.
    PBR type interview. Mine was pretty intense, 3 person board. Each person asked about 10 questions each, all directed towards your resume and how it can apply to the position. Be sure to "scrub" your resume.

    Interview Questions
    • Give me a situation in which you had a better idea than your manager, and how did you handled the differences?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I read on here that ppl negotiated pay, but I can tell you, at least for me, it was never mentioned nor discussed. You applied for the GS level, so either accept it or find another offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    the hiring is about 60 day process. The interviews are normally performance based questions. It is a panel interview normally face to face. However if you are not located within the area it can be over the phone

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    no
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    It was straight forward. I had a phone interview first. Then two on site interviews. The first lasted about a half hour the second nearly 3 hours. It took me two weeks to hear back from them.

    Accepted Offer
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Medical Support Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ann Arbor, MI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ann Arbor, MI
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    The interview was with a three panel group. Each person asked a question, not many questions. It was a relaxed setting and very comfortable. Always made sure to answer each question truthful and be myself.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I was satisfied with my first offer. Pleased.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Research Support Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 8+ monthsinterviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Interview Details

    Group interview by hiring manager and peers. Zero knowledge of modern day HR methods. Uninspired questions that were geared more toward self-assessment, but offered no real candidate insight. For example: on a scale of 1 to 10, tell me how well you do X. (Now imagine that question repeated 5 times, each with a different X, and no follow-up questions.)

    Interview Questions
    • There was none. The entire process seemed embarrassingly unprofessional and stale.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    5 months later, I recieved a job offer, in the mail. Still laid off, and desperate for work, I took the position. I'm a top performer, and acknowledged as such by managment. But I'm painfully unhappy.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  10. 10 people found this helpful  

    Medical Support Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • Describe to me an incident that you had with a difficult customer   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Police Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    one interview with a panel, and a series of 4 questions per member. The entire process took almost a year from applying to getting hired. After getting hired even if you were a seasoned Police Officer you still have to attend their joke and a waste of an academy.

    Interview Questions
    • when did you disagree with a supervisor and what was the outcome,   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    there was none
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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