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Updated Jan 30, 2014
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Front Line Manager Interview

Anonymous Employee
Aurora, IL

I applied online and the process took 6 months - interviewed at FAA in March 2010.

Interview Details – All applicants had to be Certified Air Traffic Controllers to be eligible to bid for this job. The job announcement was posted online at USAJobs.gov. The application had to be submitted online, and involved uploading a resume and answering four essay questions (aka KSa's) - each with a 4000 character limit. The best qualified candidates were interviewed (your choice of in-person or via telephone) by a panel of four. The questions all pertained to managing people and government employment policies, not technical air traffic situations.

Interview Question – What do you know about the annual strategic plan for the facility you are bidding?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – There was no negotiating - the offer is 'take it or leave it', since salaries in this field are set by public law.

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Neutral Experience

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Aerospace Engineer Interview

Aerospace Engineer

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at FAA.

Interview Details – Standard interview with an open format to describe technical details. They can only ask what is already listed on the job description.

Interview Question – Open ended so they basically just listen, hard to determine where you should go with an answer.   Answer Question

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Very Easy Interview

Student Mentee Interview

Anonymous Employee
Washington, DC

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at FAA in June 2013.

Interview Details – Never got an interview process. I had just a few short phone conversations before starting, on verification of personal information

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Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Contract Specialist Intern Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied through college or university and interviewed at FAA.

Interview Details – I was interviewing for a summer internship position (which eventually turned into a full-time permanent position). The interview was over the phone and I was asked very standard questions like "What's your background" and "What's your biggest weakness."

Interview Question – Honestly, I can't say that any of the questions were difficult or unexpected. It was also an entry-level internship, so I didn't expect it to be too difficult.   Answer Question

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Aviation Safety Inspector Interview

Aviation Safety Inspector
Atlanta, GA

I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at FAA in August 2009.

Interview Details – lengthy process, difficult to confirm status of application, interview is simply verification of qualifications

Interview Question – waiting on a response from HR for hiring decision, then being prompted to start immediately.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Not applicable

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Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Air Traffic Control Specialist Interview

Air Traffic Control Specialist
Tamiami, FL

I applied in-person and the process took 6 months - interviewed at FAA.

Interview Details – College in an approved aviation program. Interview, security and medical clearance. Training and simulation at FAA Academy in Oklahoma City, OK. OJT at assigned facility.

Interview Question – You have to be able to watch a horrific crash and then continue working, because if you work in a tower long enough you will experience this. No one can take your place when this happens. If you can't do this you should consider another career.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Not negotiable.

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No Offer

Neutral Experience

Program Manager Interview

Program Manager

Interviewed at FAA

Interview Details – What is your Strength

Interview Question – What is your weakness   View Answer

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Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Contract Specialist Interview

Contract Specialist
Washington, DC

I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at FAA in January 2013.

Interview Details – Panel style interview. Different department managers. Approx 10 questions. Are you a team player? Why do you want to work for the FAA? etc

Interview Question – What did you not like about your previous job?   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – I had a better opportunity in another sunny state on the west coast

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Contract Technical Writer Interview

Anonymous Employee
Renton, WA

I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at FAA.

Interview Details – I was a contractor at the FAA. Lockheed Martin was my employer. It took 4 months from the time I was contacted to my start date. I was told my job would travel a lot, but was also told that it would be scheduled well in advance. This turned out not to be the case. I was constantly switched on trips at the last minute.

Interview Question – What is your weakness?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation. The salary was the lowest contract I have made in many years. I figured out later that the full time people were making 30% more, had benefits and the contractors were low paid because the FAA wanted to slash the expenses. They pay air traffic controllers into the $200K, and they couldn't afford to pay a tech writer a decent wage, especially for all of the grief I had to put up with. I only took the job because they were hard to find at the time. Big mistake.

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Contracts Attorney Interview

Anonymous Employee

The process took 8 months - interviewed at FAA.

Interview Details – The hiring process took about eight months rom application submission to first day on the job.

Interview Question – There were no unexpected questions. Most just had to do with getting to know me and why my background and education was applicable. The managers did ask whether I intended to always practice in government contracts law.   Answer Question

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