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US Department of Veterans Affairs Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 16, 2014
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Interview Experience  

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Accepted Offer

Negative Experience

Very Easy Interview

Research Support Interview

Research Support

I applied online and the process took 8 months - interviewed 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 Question – 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

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Primary Care Giver Interview

Primary Care Giver

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

Interview Details – Requires experience and understanding from civilian or ex-military employees. I was able to get the job fairly quickly because I am prior military, I understand house chores, and I am able to hold in the face of drug addicted anger.

Interview Question – They were all previously known.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation.
The job requires living with disabled military and is set at a standard base pay.


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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

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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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Internship Interview

Internship
San Juan, PR

I applied through other source and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Interview Details – Very basic questions regarding my experience and education. The supervisor explained to me the office's organization, protocols and objectives. It is very important for this office that you are a bilingual person.

Interview Question – What do you expect whit this experience?   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Police Officer Interview

Police Officer

I applied online and 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 Question – when did you disagree with a supervisor and what was the outcome,   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – there was none


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

VA Work Study Employee Interview

VA Work Study Employee
Austin, TX

I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs in February 2013.

Interview Details – Submitted App, received call within days, phone interview and was offered the job instantly ( I made it top applicant due to my transcript, military background and experience) Due to my educational background I made the candidate top list, the VA works with students and I was unformed about flexibility for students

Negotiation Details – None-as is pay


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Secretary Interview

Secretary
Phoenix, AZ

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

Interview Details – Easy, I was a work study while a student at Arizona State University. Interview was basically just finding out my availability and brief introductions. I began work the next day which was nice and was allowed to do my school work during work hours when there was not other tasks to complete.

Interview Question – Can you start tomorrow?   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Research Health Science Specialist Interview

Research Health Science Specialist

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

Interview Details – The hiring process didn't take that long for me but I have heard of hiring taking several months for some. I applied for the job in November, was interviewed in December, and received a formal offer in late January.

Interview Question – The degree that I have are very different from one another but also seemed to be a stretch for the research the position was geared towards, so the question was asking me how all these things fit and will be advantageous in the new position.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Negotiations at the VA are possible! It took some paperwork and justification but I was able to negotiate from a step 1 to step 5 within my GS level. I think the ability to negotiate depends on the hiring manager's willingness to put in the effort.


Accepted Offer

Negative Experience

Difficult Interview

Veteran Service Representative Interview

Veteran Service Representative

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Interview Details – Apply online via USAJobs. Typicl interview questions for almost all VA positions. Performance/Behavioral based questions - example give me an example of a time you....what was the result...what would you have improved...

Interview Question – Asked to provide a time you failed and what you could do better next time. Odd question to ask.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negation. You take what they offer or they'll give it to someone else. Period.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Resident Engineer Interview

Resident Engineer
San Juan, PR

I applied in-person - interviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs in June 2010.

Interview Details – There was only one interview. It was between the Senior Resident Engi neer of the National Cemetery Administration Puerto RIco National Cemetery and I, a Resident Engineer, from the Office of Construction and Facilities Management, on the San Juan Veterans Affairs Caribbean Health Care Systems New Hospital South Bed Tower project.

Interview Question – How will you feel building cemeteries instead of hospitals?   View Answer

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