FDA Interview Questions in Silver Spring, MD

Updated Feb 15, 2015
Updated Feb 15, 2015
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  1. 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Reviewer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Anonymous Employee 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
  3.  

    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
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  5. 4 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Orise Fellow 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 March 2011.

    Interview Details

    They got my resume and they emailed me to visit them since I lived close to them. I met 5 people in the team in a very casual way.

    I talked to all of them. All of them are nice people.

    Interview Questions
    • what you have been doing?
      what did you do with those electronics?
      Did you use Labview?
      Did you use Oscilloscope?
       
      Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    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 6+ weeksinterviewed at FDA in March 2011.

    Interview Details

    I was recruited through my university. I had a one on one phone interview with my internship supervisor. We mostly talked about my resume and my educational experiences. He spent a lot of the time talking about what project I would be working on, and what kind of medical devices the branch works on. Overall lasted for maybe 30 minutes. He was very friendly and it was an easy interview. I got the offer one week later.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about an internship or educational experience you've have with medical devices   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consumer Safety Officer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at FDA in July 2010.

    Interview Details

    phone screen , one on one and than panel interview

    Interview Questions
    • there was not anything expected. just make sure you have an idea about the regulatory process.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    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 dayinterviewed at FDA in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    Went very well

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Did not negotiate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    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 2 daysinterviewed at FDA in April 2010.

    Interview Details

    Interview was scheduled via email and phone. Finalized via phone interview. Talked about engineering classes, relation to project, material/mechanical properties. Very nice and courteous. Talk about your passions and why they relate to the project and you'll be fine. Salary was open for discussion. Lengthy governmental background check but well worth the effort due to pay.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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