Federal Government Interview Questions

Updated Apr 14, 2015
Updated Apr 14, 2015
104 Interview Reviews

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    Advertising Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    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
  2.  

    Healthcare Administrator Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    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.

  3.  

    Human Resources Generalist Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    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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    Loan Officer Interview

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a 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

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    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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    Paralegal Specialist Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Federal Government (Washington, DC) in February 2011.

    Interview

    Intereviewed in Feb 2011. Hiring freeze was then put into place. I was contacted in Aug 2012 and offered the position. I was currently working and not looking. They offered to increase the offer. I accepted

    Negotiation

    I can't discuss the negotiation process

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    Service Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Federal Government (Virginia Beach, VA) in December 2010.

    Interview

    Identified for position based on previous work.
    Discussed position and previous work.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    One Sided

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    Economist Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Federal Government (Washington, DC) in September 2010.

    Interview

    headhunter found me on LinkedIn.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you solve a specific problem they face?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Hired at the top of range with minor negotiation.

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    Program Manager Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Federal Government (Washington, DC) in September 2010.

    Interview

    Recruiting process, recruiter steps you through the entire process until you're in your job. They even picked you up at home and also took you to the airport. There were tests that were given, to include a 200 multiple choice test, a drug test, and medical test.

    Interview Questions

    • Having been in the position for 10+ years and then have to run an entire different program without any formal training.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiating

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    Program Analyst Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Federal Government (Seattle, WA) in July 2010.

    Interview

    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.   1 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.   1 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.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    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.

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