FDA Interview Questions in Silver Spring, MD

Updated Aug 21, 2015
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    Administration Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Silver Spring, MD
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at FDA (Silver Spring, MD) in May 2015.

    Interview

    Panel of 5; two interviews, got the offer. deputies and upper management are very socially awkward people who are intimidated by friendly, educated, and those who exude leadership. you could tell they are very wary about hiring those who could potentially rank higher then them. Anyways, they ended up lying to me about the specifics of the position and offering me a very low grade that was temporary use me while they need me and kick me out before I could get the chance to move up in the system). I say lying because I went into two interviews with completely different information and suddenly the specifics of the job changed afterwards. Due to self-respect, I declined their pitiful offer. If anyone is considering the FDA, you CAN do better!

    Interview Questions

    • what's your experience?   Answer Question
    • are you willing to work long hours, sometimes without overtime pay?   Answer Question
    • when you get your masters will you want a higher position and pay grade?   1 Answer
    • how have you handled a situation where there was an unhappy client/customer?   Answer Question
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    Student Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at FDA (Silver Spring, MD) in May 2015.

    Interview

    The interview process consist of a phone interview. The phone interview was informal and basically a better way for the supervisor to get to know you and ask questions pertaining to your resume.

    Interview Questions

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    Statistician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Silver Spring, MD
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at FDA (Silver Spring, MD) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Applied online, got an email from team leader a couple of weeks later. Scheduled a phone interview, which they asked several tricky questions about leadership and project building. After a couple of weeks, I was invited to visit on site. I went to DC area for presentation, as well as interviews with each member of the team.

    Interview Questions

    • Whether I was comfortable using certain types of statistical programs   Answer Question
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    Operations Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 7+ months. I interviewed at FDA (Silver Spring, MD).

    Interview

    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

    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.

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    Reviewer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at FDA (Silver Spring, MD) in April 2014.

    Interview

    A brief phone call, less than an hour, very concise and to the point. The phone interview was with the division director and all 4 of the team leaders, the director explained the mission of the division, job requirements, the team leaders asked the usual HR questions. They are a nice group of people.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you deal with conflicting deadlines? Tell me a situation where you were at odds with your superior and how you dealt with it? Do you do well under pressure? Give an example.   Answer Question
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    Reviewer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Silver Spring, MD
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at FDA (Silver Spring, MD).

    Interview

    Telephone interview in June, onsite interview in July.

    Interview Questions

    • They were interested in some details of the projects mentioned in cv.   Answer Question
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    Biomedical Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at FDA (Silver Spring, MD) in May 2011.

    Interview

    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?   1 Answer
    • What do you feel will be the most difficult aspect of this job for you?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Unable to negotiate a higher salary.

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    Orise Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at FDA (Silver Spring, MD) in April 2011.

    Interview

    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?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    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.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at FDA (Silver Spring, MD) in March 2011.

    Interview

    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
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    Orise Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at FDA (Silver Spring, MD) in March 2011.

    Interview

    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
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