Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

www.ferc.gov
Engaged Employer

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Interview Questions

Updated Apr 9, 2015
9 Interview Reviews

Interview Experience

Interview Experience

77%
22%
0%

Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview

44%
31%
23%

Interview Difficulty

2.6
Average

Interview Difficulty

Hard

Average

Easy

Candidate Interview Reviews

Sort: Popular Date Difficulty
  1.  

    Law Clerk Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Washington, DC) in May 2014.

    Interview

    Job was not posted to USAjobs. Application included both undergraduate and law school transcripts, writing samples, cover letter, and resume. 1 in-person interview with 6 ALJs and office manager. The ALJs who interview rotate each year but generally the ALJs have extremely varying personalities. 1 in particular tries to intimidate but most are very friendly. They hope to hire someone with some rudimentary understanding of energy regulation but do not expect you to know too much as the industry is very complicated. Understanding sections 205 and 206 of the Federal Power Act is a great start.

    Interview Questions

    • They asked a few questions about my resume in particular including extra curriculars from undergrad (over 7 years prior). Other specific questions included:
      1. How do you feel about excel spreadsheets?
      2. What would you do if you had a memo due to 1 judge but needed to review 100+ pages of testimony at the same time.
       
      1 Answer

    Negotiation

    No negotiations as the job description included pay and this is a no experience necessary position.

  2. Helpful (2)  

    Economist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Washington, DC) in July 2013.

    Interview

    I applied with USAJOBS and got a phone interview a month later. The interviewer was very nice, but asked questions that kept me on my toes. She then sent me a document to look over. A skype interview was set up a couple weeks later where we discussed the document as well as my personal qualifications,. After requesting a writing sample from me, they called me up the next day to ask when I would be available to start. The was no onsite interview.

    Interview Questions

    • None of the questions were very difficult or technical.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Salary is non-negotiable, but you can talk your way into a signing/relocation bonus.

  3.  

    Fisheries Biologist--Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

    Interview

    The opportunity was for a summer internship at the Washington, DC office. The hiring process consisted of being encouraged to apply to the opportunity through submitting my resume to the hiring manager. I submitted my resume and was e-mailed concerning the status of my application. Shortly thereafter, I participated in a phone interview process.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you think you are qualified for this opportunity?   Answer Question
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Interview Review


  5.  

    Co-Op Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    First, I had a phone interview to gage my interest and then was invited to DC for an in-person interview. I was mainly interviewed by the department head, who asked general behavioral questions, such as how I would deal with a heavy workload or a challenge and examples of when I had done so before. They emphasized that the position involved learning lots of regulatory rules and formats very quickly.

    Interview Questions

    • Answering repeated questions about how you deal with challenging situations and if you felt you could handle the job.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Salary, job very specific (not able to explore broader interests)

  6.  

    Trial Attorney Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Washington, DC) in September 2012.

    Interview

    There were two rounds. An initial round where I met with a few attorneys individually and then a panel consisting of all the branch chiefs. Then a second round with the Legal Director and Director of the division. They acted very quickly after each round and checked my references. Picking a start date was a little annoying b/c they made me start on the first day of a pay period, so in a month, there are only two potential start dates.

    Interview Questions

    • Director asked me a hypo about if I was at a deposition off-site and something went wrong. Was one of those "there's no right answer" questions, but its good to keep your wits about you and answer intelligently.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I didnt negotiate. I think its harder to negotiate with the government---just didnt seem like there was flexibility.

  7.  

    Engineering Technician, Office of Electric Reliability Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Washington, DC) in May 2011.

    Interview

    For internship positions, it is easiest to have an internal employee referral. Also, the office within FERC which you are interested in must have a position available. Since I had an employee referral, my interview was pretty easy. It was a phone interview- they asked me what I knew about power (the more the better of course) and why I wanted to work at FERC. Also, saying that a full-time position at FERC is something you are very interested in helps a lot.

    Interview Questions

    • What do you know, or what experience do you have with 3-phase power?   1 Answer
    • Why do you want to work at FERC?   1 Answer
  8.  

    Energy Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Washington, DC) in March 2008.

    Interview

    Applied using USA Jobs. I was contacted by deputy director of the Office of Energy Market Regulation East shortly after that by phone. Had two phone interviews. Then, I was flown to Washington, DC for an in-person interview with my future manager, deputy and office director. I was offered a position with a week.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a situation dealing with a difficult co-worker   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    The federal government has a limited ability to negotiate in the hiring process. However, I was given credit for several years of previous work experience in the leave system - this was a valuable benefit in my early years here.

  9.  

    Attorney Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Washington, DC) in January 2008.

    Interview

    3 interviews back to back. One with staff attorney, one director, and last, deputy general counsel.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    No.

  10. Helpful (2)  

    Economist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

    Interview

    I had someone call to set up an interview by phone. Then I was interviewed by phone. Then I was asked to come in to the office. Then I was extended an offer.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    I was explained what I was being offered, then an offer was extended by phone.

Work at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission? Share Your Experiences

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

 
Click to Rate
or

The difficulty rating is the average interview difficulty rating across all interview candidates.

The interview experience is the percentage of all interview candidates that said their interview experience was positive, neutral, or negative.

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.