FDA Interview Questions

Updated Jun 19, 2014
Updated Jun 19, 2014
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    Intern Interview

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

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed 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
  2. 1 person 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
  3.  

    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 day - interviewed 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
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    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 months - interviewed 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
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    Senior Reviewer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6 months - interviewed 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university - interviewed at FDA.

    Interview Details

    I applied online after they posted on a carriers site through my school. I had a large amount of research experience and they were looking for a GPA of around 3.4 or higher. I had a phone interview with my most direct boss followed by an in person interview that included the other members of the lab I was to work in.
    Following being offered the position I had a lot of paperwork and hoops to jump through to ensure my authenticity as well as get me in the system.

    Interview Questions
    • My position changes over time from full-time over the summer, to part time over the full duration of the school year. Finding the necessary 12 hours of useful work was difficult for a full time student but worth it.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    My salary (stipend) was based on how much past research experience I had (that's how the federal government does it everywhere in the US).
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Consumer Safety Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cincinnati, OH
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 3 months - interviewed at FDA in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    The opening I applied for was not posted on usajobs.gov
    I applied at a Federal Career fair at my college.
    I followed up on the application with phone calls and even a personal visit (this is not recommended. It was strange to them but I managed to make it positive with lots of smiles and charm. Later on I heard that some people in the office thought this was unprofessional. Nevertheless, I got an interview).
    There was only one interview. Two Supervisors were present. Asked a lot of the basic interview questions. Lasted about an hour and half. I dressed in a full business suit.

    A week or two later they contacted me about a the next step. I started out in a one year probationary period.

    Interview Questions
    • I don't remember the specifics. But I would just google "tough interview questions" and try to prepare for those.
      I remember there was one question that I wasn't able to answer very well right away. After a few questions I asked to circle back to that question and give a more full answer. They seemed to like that, for what it's worth.
      Take your time, show your interest in their careers and ask them questions about their time at the FDA.
        Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There wasn't much negotiation. It was entry level.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9. 1 person 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 months - interviewed 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
  10. 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 day - interviewed 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
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    Research Intern Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at FDA in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    Went very well

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Did not negotiate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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