ICF International Interview Questions in Fairfax, VA

Updated Jan 19, 2015
Updated Jan 19, 2015
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fairfax, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fairfax, VA
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at ICF International in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    Job was posted on a listserve and submitted my resume online along with sending it over to the contact that posted the job. Got contacted by a recruiter asking for a writing sample got scheduled for an interview. Phone interview late afternoon and in-person interview the next morning. Met with 5 people during the interview. Regular behavioral questions, strength, weaknesses, travel, quantitative skills, what are you looking for in a job, difficult client, deadlines, time management.

    Interview Questions
    • The most interesting question was: what surprised you when you started working at your first job out of college?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at ICF International in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    Got an email with some questions, went in for in person interview. Very easy. Got a call a few days later offering me the position. Twelve dollars an hour. Started with some training and then hopped into internship

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    better offer elsewhwere

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fairfax, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fairfax, VA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at ICF International in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview, a series of 1:1 interviews followed up by call with recruiter. Overall a smooth, quick process what was well organized. Received offer two days after interview

    Interview Questions
    • How did you handle a difficult work environment and how would you have handled it differently   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fairfax, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fairfax, VA
    Interview Details

    Initially talked to them at an on-campus career expo, had a interview the next day with them. Then a few weeks later got a final interview at their corporate office. The corporate interview consists of a presentation and then an interview with 3 other individuals

    Interview Questions
    • Walk me through your resume starting your senior year in high school.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at ICF International in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    I submitted my application online and was contacted by email a month or so later to set up a phone interview. The phone interview was only 15-20 minutes long and consisted of questions regarding location, interests, and long-term career goals.

    Two weeks after the phone interview, I received an invitation for an in-person interview at their main office, which was scheduled to be a week later. The day began with an introductory presentation about the company. There were about ten of us, and each interviewee was put in an unoccupied office. The interview process involved three separate interviews. Two of the interviewers were very casual and nice, but one was a nightmare. He asked unexpected technical questions, and he made hurtful remarks about my inability to answer one of his questions about cost benefit analysis.

    The interviews were followed by lunch with recently hired employees in similar positions. It went longer than expected. Lunch was followed by a brief tour of the building, but I had to leave early due to fear of missing my flight. My cab was taking its time getting there, and I awkwardly sat with other applicants waiting for cabs after they had completed the tour. I could have taken the tour while waiting and looked silly for leaving.

    Overall, it was not a positive experience. Needless to say, I did not get an offer, and they did not bother to follow-up and tell me that.

    Interview Questions
    • I had listed a climate law course on my resume. The course focused on the Kyoto Protocol and post-Kyoto negotiations. I was asked to place climate change mitigation strategies along a curve, comparing cost and effectiveness. I was unprepared for that.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at ICF International in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    After I submitted the online application for half a month, I received a telephone interview invitation and talked with the recruiter several days later and she asked for my writing sample. And a week later, I received another telephone interview with the project manager. The third step is on-site interview with five members of the project, around 2.5 hours.

    Interview Questions
    • One of the question I didn't prepare is that what is your experience with difficult customer.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fairfax, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fairfax, VA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at ICF International in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    Very long process - make sure to eat a large breakfast. I had 5 interviews, some were one-on-one, and some were group interviews. The final one was with my potential boss. Be prepared to connect your experience with the job description, which is very typical interview advice, but there were no unexpected curveballs here.

    Negotiation Details
    I received an offer near the top of my salary range, so I did not negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fairfax, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fairfax, VA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at ICF International.

    Interview Details

    Interviews with multiple people above and below the position. Meeting with recruitment, submission of resume, background check. There were lots of back-and-forth emails with various people in the division and in HR. Sometimes the information was clear, sometimes it was conflicting. The onboarding process was very confusing, but at least it was done in person. Later it became online only and was even more confusing for new employees.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Don't relent with what you want. If they want you they will pay what you ask. They laugh at people who accept lower than they would pay.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Oil and Gas Markets Analyst Position Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at ICF International in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    I found a position on the job board at my school and contacted an alum to get an idea of what it was like to work there. I filled out an online application and the alumni got me the in-person interview. The screening and interview process was sloppy and gave me a negative impression of the company.

    HR rescheduled my interview at the last minute three times. When I couldn't come in on a specific date and time on the third rescheduling, they hinted that my interview might not happen if I didn't take the time slot. When I said "fine, I'm sorry we couldn't work it out", they rescheduled.

    The interview process took a whole day, and I attended six interviews slotted at 40 minutes each: one with HR and five casual interviews with team members. The HR interview started 30 minutes late, the lunch interview was moved from 1:00pm to 11:00am to accommodate a conference call, and the interview with the team leader started 20 minutes late (leaving only 20 minutes to talk). One interviewer apologized for not having time to prepare questions and asked that I come up with questions to ask myself.

    As the day wore on, it became obvious that each interviewer was texting the others to discuss my progress. The second to last interview was a 40 minute discussion about how much I was going to like it there, what projects I would be assigned to, and that I would fit right in.

    I spent 35 of the 40 minutes of my final interview politely sitting in the office of the guy who would have been my direct supervisor while he took a business call. The last 5 minutes were spent letting me know that I had the job, but they were not willing to meet my minimum asking salary because several people who had been working there for 5+ years weren't making that much. He told me then and there that the final offer was $65k, which happens to be the exact amount I made straight out of undergrad. They were highly presumptuous that I would accept the position and gave off the vibe that they knew I was desperate because I was a recent graduate (MA).

    When I said I required the minimum stated salary to accept the job, we decided not to proceed on the spot. I thought it was odd that no one asked whether I was considering other offers, which I was. If they had told me the salary up front I would not have considered an interview.

    At the time I felt really torn, because the job description sounded extremely cool and money didn't seem that important. In retrospect, I definitely dodged a bullet. Their senior analysts have been working there for 5+ years, presumably upwards of 75 hours per week, and make less than $75k per year in DC. All of 7-8 team members were at least 45 years old. Consultants in the oil and gas industry with 20 years of work experience should be making more than $45k take-home pay. Something didn't seem right about the company as a whole.

    Interview Questions
    • Basic behavioral interview. All questions asked me to elaborate on some aspect of my resume. A couple people really dug into the technical parts of my resume, but they seemed to be checking on whether my resume was accurate more than my current technical abilities. I had a lot of volunteer work on my resume and they only asked me about what looked like fluff to them. Again, they seemed to be checking on how much my resume was embellished. They also asked about places I've traveled, if I play sports, last book I read, etc. The guy who didn't prepare questions asked me what animal describes me best and why. That one was by far the hardest.   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    Didn't get a good impression of the company during interview. Salary was about 40% lower than the industry norm and I was still interviewing with other firms.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fairfax, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fairfax, VA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at ICF International in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    I received a call from a recruiter who found my resume in their database. She sent me the position description and we scheduled a time for a phone interview. The phone interview was about an hour long. After the phone interview I was asked to come in a meet the hiring team. I had about four 45 min interviews. Since the hiring manager was not in the office on that day I also had a phone interview with her two days later.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No able to negotiate. Be sure you do your research when asked about your salary requirements.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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