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Transitional Employee - Letter Carrier
Manchester, NH

I applied online and the process took 2+ months - interviewed at US Postal Service in February 2013.

Interview Details – Applied for position on-line 1/31 , was scheduled for a Computer Based test within the week. Memory portion of test was the only difficult portion. ( Prior to testing, see if your library has Postal Exam Prep book...or search for examples on line.) You won't need all the allotted time to finish exam. You score will be available on-line immediately, once you return home.

I scored and 80.2, and did not think I would get called up at all. Received an email on 2/22 personally from the Manchester NH, Postmaster and was directed to schedule an interview with him for the following week.

Had interview on 2/28 with the Postmaster. It was more of a discussion on what is NOT acceptable at USPS... (which to me, was pretty much common sense). Racism, Sexual Harassment in any form, Absenteeism, Getting into arguments with customers etc. Warned that job involves working in all weather conditions, and that backing-up in their white trucks is highly discouraged, and initially, may be required to work 6 days a week.

He then described the remainder of the hiring process. (Drug screen & medical exam).
Assuming no anomalies with those items. I should receive email indicating if I will be hired or not...and that process could take up to another month. Warned to check email daily, as any non-response to scheduling the drug-screen or medical exam requests, will automatically eliminate me as a candidate.

Not really an interview, but a discussion of what is expected as a Carrier.

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  • Although i applied for one city, he asked me to rank in order, which of 4 locations in NH, I would prefer. He said as the Postmaster, he was planning to match/ re-balance the most recent hires to the locations closest to their actual home, which if I was given my first choice, would mean only a 10-15 minute commute to my PO sorting station.   Answer Question
  • Not formally offered position, but was asked to complete additional paperwork, for consent to background / medical / drug tests. Secretary said depending on the outcome of those items, I may receive an offer in appx. 30 days.   Answer Question

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Transitional Employee - Letter Carrier

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at US Postal Service in May 2010.

Interview Details – I was recruited by the postal supervisor. I requested and was given the opportunity to conduct and informational interview. This was very helpful. I completed the online application and was sent a letter offering an interview with the postmaster. The interview lasted only 20 min. and consisted of scripted questions. I asked many more questions and brought the interview time to a total of 35 min. The culture of the office was better than I originally expected. The employees I met were very friendly. The office was neat and organized. Overall I was hopeful to be offered the job.

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Reason for Declining – The postal service is not the company it was in the 80's. They are not hiring replacement full time career positions. Instead they are hiring transitional employees, no benefits, no hope for advancement. If another full time regular employee from another office is laid off they will have first option if a regular position is ever open. The hours for a transitional employee could be 40 plus hours per week, (expect to work every Saturday) or as little as 8 hours per week.

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Transitional Employee - Letter Carrier

I applied online and interviewed at US Postal Service.

Interview Details – Pointless. Anybody can work for the post office these days.

Interview Question – When can you start?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – N/A

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Transitional Employee - Letter Carrier

I applied through other source and the process took 2 days - interviewed at US Postal Service in July 2009.

Interview Details – Took a civil service test that lasted several hours after standing in line for an hour or more. Never heard anything from United States Postal Service for almost 3 years before being contacted. Paperwork arrived with the information needed describing the job available. After accepting interview availability, was invited in to speak with HR personnel and had to wait to hear back for an additional interview, drug test, ID photo, etc. After passing all of the above waited for information on training dates.

Interview Question – No difficult or unexpected questions were asked.   Answer Question

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Transitional Employee - Letter Carrier
Greenville, NC

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at US Postal Service in August 2011.

Interview Details – There is a lot of paperwork involved. You will have to answer a lot of questions concerning your backround. You will have to take and pass a drug test. There will be medical questions asked.

Interview Question – How can you execute safety?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation phase.

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