FDA Interview Questions

Updated Oct 16, 2014
Updated Oct 16, 2014
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Reviewer Interview

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

    I applied in-person. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at FDA.

    Interview Details

    Telephone interview in June, onsite interview in July.

    Interview Questions
    • They were interested in some details of the projects mentioned in cv.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in White Oak, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in White Oak, MD
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at FDA in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    E-mailed cover letter and resume after seeing a posting through my school, and a few months later received an e-mail that they would like to schedule a phone interview. The phone interview was about a hour long, and there was three different people on the phone. They were very friendly and nice, although the questions they asked were quite difficult. I e-mailed them the next day to say thank-you, and found out I had gotten the position in the reply e-mail.

    Interview Questions
    • What would you like to receive out of this internship?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Senior Reviewer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at FDA in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    interviews were composed of many 30-min sessions with different interviewers from different divisions. Most are duplicate questions/introductions, etc.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing difficult and unexpected. They are quite boring.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Contract Specialist Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at FDA in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    Interview was straightforward, no tricks, no mind games.

    Negotiation Details
    None. Its the GVT. Take it or leave it, at least at the entry level.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Chemist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bothell, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bothell, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at FDA in June 2011.

    Interview Details

    Got a phone call directly from lab supervisor and scheduled interview for next week.
    Interviewed by three people, two supervisors and one director
    Two weeks after interview, I got tentative offer from HR.

    Interview Questions
    • Are you aware the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act?
      Can you smell Fish?
        Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    not much you can do, it's a government job, you just have to accept whatever they offered to you.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Biomedical Engineer Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at FDA in May 2011.

    Interview Details

    I had an hour long interview with the hiring branch chief where he told me about the position and asked about my interest in the position. This was followed by a 5hr long on-site interview where I had 30 minute rotations between different administrators and engineers.

    Interview Questions
    • Why do you want to work for the FDA?   View Answer
    • What do you feel will be the most difficult aspect of this job for you?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Unable to negotiate a higher salary.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Intern Interview

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

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at FDA in May 2011.

    Interview Details

    Asked about chemistry and biology classes taken, asked about my commitment to science and what the position would mean to be, asked some technical questions about biochemistry and organic chemistry which i couldn't answer

    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation, just the expectations of your lab boss
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Orise Fellow Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at FDA in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    Very casual hiring/interview process. Mostly through networking and recommendation rather than job hunting. A simple phone interview is all that was needed for me.

    Interview Questions
    • What's the difference between XXX and XXX?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I was able to negotiate a starting date that was more than 6 months away from the interview date. For most companies this would be impossible. But it worked here.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Inspector Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at FDA in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    Lots of paperwork initially; too much detail required. Some interviewers were prepared with good questions, other woefully lacking; technical interviewers seemed bored. Based on the people I met, I was not impressed with the culture, expectations and the roles of the individuals who would be in 'my' organization.

    Interview Questions
    • Do you feel that public employees at the federal, state or local level are getting undeserved negative publicity?   View Answers (2)
    Reasons for Declining

    See above comments about indivduals and culture.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Consumer Safety Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through other source – interviewed at FDA in July 2010.

    Interview Details

    Applied through a job fair initially and a phone call screening was conducted. Then an onsite interview was conducted at the FDA's local office with the direct hiring supervisor and overseeing director.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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