Federal Government Interview Questions

Updated Jul 28, 2015
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    Director Interview

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

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Federal Government (Washington, DC) in April 2012.

    Interview

    USAJOBS, interview, waiting, security clearance, lots of waiting, little interaction from HR, drug test was easy to find, security clearance process is very long. Interview questions where very weak and did not really tell much about the jobs, interviewees did not seem interested in really finding the best candidate.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work for the federal comments.   1 Answer
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    Consultant Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Federal Government (Washington, DC) in January 2012.

    Interview

    Telephonic Interview and resume review that lead to a group interview. The process was very standardized. The goal was to confirm length and breath of experience and the interviewers were not the subject matter experts.

    Interview Questions

    • How long I had been doing this particular type of consulting.   Answer Question
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    Contract Specialist Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Federal Government (Washington, DC) in December 2011.

    Interview

    This is a typical government position. I applied through USAJOBS.com and was called in for a series of two interviews. I worked in the Agency as a contractor before I applied, so I had some inside information about the DoT.

    Interview Questions

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    Advertising Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Federal Government (New York, NY) in August 2011.

    Interview

    Initial contact via phone. Subsequent in-person interviews - three.

    Interview Questions

    • We can clearly see that you did an outstanding job and achieved so much throughout your career. What exactly brings you here?   1 Answer
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    Healthcare Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fairfax, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Federal Government (Fairfax, VA) in June 2011.

    Interview

    At the time of the BRAC, was transferred from a different hospital.

    Interview Questions

    • Are you willing to NOT use your Lean Six Sigma skills for a while, while we go through BRAC?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Already salaried at same level. No negotiation took place.

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    General Clerk II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Columbus Grove, OH
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at Federal Government (Columbus Grove, OH) in June 2011.

    Interview

    Must pass a test to get hired. Have a 4 person panel interview. Take a typing test while interview client and type answers. Not very difficult. Just nerve racking

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    No negotcian

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    Human Resources Generalist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Federal Government (Chicago, IL) in May 2011.

    Interview

    had 2 interviews, the first was a telephone interview, followed by a proper interview.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    went on as i expected

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    Intern Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Federal Government (Washington, DC) in May 2011.

    Interview

    Submitted application through USA Jobs, was contacted by an office within the Bureau I was interested in. I was then asked to submit an essay via email. That was it.

    Interview Questions

    • -Asked to write a short essay about how my career interests align with that particular internship   1 Answer
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    Loan Officer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Federal Government (Atlanta, GA) in April 2011.

    Interview

    Panel interview with a writing sample. Not impressed with the interviewers. Asked questions that did not pertain to the job.

    Interview Questions

    • Have you ever lost money and how did you turn it around.   1 Answer
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    Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Honolulu, HI
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took a weekinterviewed at Federal Government (Honolulu, HI) in March 2011.

    Interview

    A phone interview was conducted and then was called to meet with further individuals although not in panel format. The interview itself was formal. Questions asked pertainined to experience, systems knowledge, clearance necessary, salary, etc.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Have a salary in mind.

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