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Updated Dec 12, 2014
Updated Dec 12, 2014
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    Microbiologist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at FDA.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and a few weeks later I received an email to come in for the interview. It went well, they did a site tour and I received an offer about another few weeks later. I was surprised the government hiring process went so smoothly.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation, however the government tends to start you the highest the posting allows
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at FDA.

    Interview Details

    Applied through school career center and heard back within a month. Six of the division staffs together interviewed me via audio conferencing. Interview questions were standard and not difficult. They spent more time explaining to me what the project is and what my role should be (though I ended up doing another project at work). Received an offer an hour after the interview.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    unpaid internship
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Pathway Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at FDA.

    Interview Details

    phone interview with two people. They were very nice and fun. The woman even forgot what she had asked me already, and keep asking this question. However, it was a relaxed interview. They told they will contact me a week later, but no response in fact. Still waiting their response.

    Interview Questions
    • mostly talk about the program, asked some fun question, and about the past database experience   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Consumer Safety Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5+ monthsinterviewed at FDA in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Interview consisted of a panel of 4 to 5 supervisors on the phone. It was a national bid, so the supervisors all called in from different areas. It was probably one of the more difficult interviews I've had. Just remember to keep in mind what the qualifications are listed in the job bid. The questions are scripted and will be based upon the job bid. For example, "knowledge of FDA regulations" will translate to them asking you about the FD&C Act, questions on CFR 21, etc.

    There was a total of about 15 questions, and the process took roughly 1.5 hours. Good luck!

    Interview Questions
    • They read the particular job description to me. After reading it (took about 5 minutes), they asked if I understood it. I said yes, and then they followed up by asking me to relay back to them what they just said in as much detail as possible.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Operations Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Silver Spring, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Silver Spring, MD
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 7+ monthsinterviewed at FDA.

    Interview Details

    It is very slow. I applied end of December, and heard back that I was qualified about a month later. About a month after that, I was asked for a phone interview. Three weeks after the phone interview, I was asked to come down to Silver Spring for an in person interview. About a month after that, I was given my offer and a selection of start dates. If your given an offer, prepare for paperwork!

    Throughout the process, everyone I corresponded with and interviewed with was super friendly and helpful...which was part of the reason I accepted the position!

    Interview Questions
    • Phone (30 min): -What does the FDA do?
      -If you were in a high school play, what position are you?
      -Your boss emails you "There is a drug crisis in America"... how do you respond? What questions do you ask? What actions do you take?

      In-person (2.5 hr): -They asked me to prepare a 20 minute presentation on a project that I worked on.
      -During the application on USAJOBS, you had to fill out a questionnaire to determine if you qualified. I was asked about that questionnaire line by line.
      -You have a billion dollars. How do you make Excel better?
      -Greatest failure.
      -What sources do you use if you have questions? Which do you avoid?
       
      Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Its the government. They go off of the GS grid and will give you what your experience and education equate to. You may be able to negotiate a higher step with in a GS grade if you come in with experience.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at FDA in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied for the job through my school, was granted an interview a few months later, scheduled through email and then conducted the phone interview. Asked extremely basic questions, like tell me about yourself? where do your interests lie? Heres the project were working on how do you see yourself on this project or in terms of this internship? pretty general basic stuff. The interviewer spent a long long long time talking.

    Interview Questions
    • Discuss with me how you would connect with this project   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Consumer Safety Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at FDA.

    Interview Details

    2 hour interview with a panel of 3 Supervisory Consumer Safety Officers.

    Interview Questions
    • You answered all of our questions favorably, so now tell us why should we hire you?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Program Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rockville, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rockville, MD
    Application Details

    I applied through other source – interviewed at FDA.

    Interview Details

    I was hired in 1991 under unusual circumstances.
    I submitted an application at a job fair. During open season, I got a call for an interview and was interviewed by my future supervisor and his supervisior. I was offered the job. I had to respond quickly because there was a short hiring window.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I was young and didn't attempt to negotiate anything.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Regulatory Health Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rockville, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rockville, MD
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at FDA.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview was a cold call. It went well so I went in for a full interview in rock. Three parts to my interview. One with the fellow RHPMs, one with the scientists, one with management. The scientist interview was a little stressful, as they were asking harder questions about experience managing projects. Managment had one weird question about researching birds, had nothing to do with the job, very out there. I must have done ok. It was long, about 3 hours.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I attempted to negotiate to a higher step and they came back and offered me the higher grade!
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11.  

    Cst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at FDA.

    Interview Details

    Long interview which made me change my mind about wanting to work there by the time it was over.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I would try to get a higher offer if possible. This job is a lot of work.
    Accepted Offer

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