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Federal Government Interview Questions

Updated Feb 26, 2015
Updated Feb 26, 2015
98 Interview Reviews

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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Federal Government in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    interviewed by incompetent manager who had no business speaking with people, much less as a manager.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Supervisory IT Specialist Interview

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

    I applied online – interviewed at Federal Government.

    Interview Details

    Panel Interview from multiple level supervisors. Interview was based on intimidation.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    It is government, There is no negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Data Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Khās Sauli (Pakistan)
    Anonymous Employee in Khās Sauli (Pakistan)
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a dayinterviewed at Federal Government in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    I attended an interview but they had to blind fold me before entering a special room in the cone of silence. Once in the cone of silence they asked me a number of questions, then when they realised I couldn't hear, they used special flash cards which they destroyed after using.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    we had a communication barrier

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Federal Government in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    One interview, 5 panelists from across Agency. Since my SES qualifications were already established and certified by OPM, not as much time spent on ECQ-related issues. More questions on technology and budget. Not as much on supervisory issues. Several panelists were in the room and then 2 on telecon. Round-robin questions, lasted about an hour.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6.  

    AS2 Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at Federal Government in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    The interview was extremely long, the testing wasn't really relevant to the job itself. They did have some very good questions and they seem to appreciate my experience. They also were very helpful of answering the questions that I was bringing to the table

    Interview Questions
    • The interviewer got off topic and we were interrupted by a fire drill   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Program Analyst Interview

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

    I applied online – interviewed at Federal Government in July 2010.

    Interview Details

    A successful phone screening is followed by an in person panel interview.. Questions geared to learn how a candidate might react or respond to on the job circumstances and challenges. Also to access skills for interpreting and applying complex policies and procedure and being able to explain to internal and external customers.

    Interview Questions
    • Being asked how you would deal with a specific hypothetical issue or situation can be very tricky if one you have not had that exact experience.   View Answer
    • Some questions are role playing with specific questions about a specific complex and technical question. You are asked to provide an answer, citing agency verbiage that supports your answer.   View Answer
    • Having considered computers, software, and programming as being "technical", it took me aback when it was used in terms that dealt with questions that were geared toward how to answer or handle customer oriented issues. In government agencies. there are many policies and procedures that impact the lives, livelihood, and safety of the public being served.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Federal Government employment, salaries are based based on prior experience detailed in the resume and the supplemental questionnaire, This must be supported in your resume and supplemental questionnaire. Your resume must demonstrate accomplishments and the percentage of time savings and or monetary savings realized by the your job, department, and or agency as a result your accomplishments. Mentioning awards received helps support your claim.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Program Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Federal Government in July 2010.

    Interview Details

    The interview process is very long. I applied for the job around christmas and did not get an interview until March.

    Interview Questions
    • How can you bring your skills from the previous employer to this job?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    They offer, you take it !
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Paralegal Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Federal Government in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    The interview was fine. I was questioned by two interviewers who were very laid back. They did not ask me many questions. I was a little uncomfortable because i was nervous.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Nurse Practitioner Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Federal Government in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    behavioral questions

    Interview Questions
    • What skills can you provide that make you stand out from the other applicants   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11.  

    Manager Financial Systems Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Federal Government in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    Applied in response to a Job Poster
    Wrote a test
    Appeared for an interview
    Was not selected due to lack of experience in areas other than Systems.

    Interview Questions
    • Give us an example where you showed team player   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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