IRS Interview Questions

Updated Jun 20, 2015
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    Customer Service Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, OR
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at IRS (Portland, OR).

    Interview

    Had received a letter of acceptance after having group interview in which their was some general testing after that received letter in email. Appointment was at place where work was done. Instructor explained the job process and we took as a group tests at the end of the day. There were about 20 people in the room that day. Afterwards I did not see anyone from my group in the training so many were not offered the job.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    No negotiation on pay.

  2.  

    Management & Program Analyst Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at IRS (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    The interview was very smooth, since I was coming from another Federal agency. I was interviewed by my to-be supervisor.

    I was complemented on the quality of my resume and was asked if I created it--I had.

    Interview Questions

    • Why did I change jobs so much over the course of five years in a single company?   1 Answer
  3.  

    Internal Revenue Agent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tampa, FL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at IRS (Tampa, FL).

    Interview

    Brief. You will be asked situational questions to determine how you would react in certain uncomfortable scenarios. They will also ask about your organizational skills with questions about how you would handle multiple appointments or meetings, or pressing deadlines. Sometimes this can be done in as little as five questions or ten. Depends on the panel which is typically 2-3 managers. Depending on the time frame you will be interviewing with several other individuals meaning you will possibly have the opportunity to converse with other potential candidates before walking in. You will possibly also be given a pen and paper in which to write down any questions or thoughts that pop up during the interview.

    Interview Questions

    • What would you say to an individual who is in tears and tells you they don't know how they will pay for the liability generated?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    NO NEGOTIATION

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    Co-Op Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Milwaukee, WI
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at IRS (Milwaukee, WI).

    Interview

    I applied as a response to a flyer I saw at my University. I emailed the Rep and got a response back. I was instructed to take an online screening questionnaire that took forever and a day to complete. After that I was requested to come in for an interview with 3 people-2 in person and one on the phone. I thought the interview was okay but the questions didn't seem to match the position they were looking to fill. For example, I was applying for a student intern position but they were asking me questions that I only would have known if I had worked in tax before. This was the one time that I didn't mind behavioral questions because at least those make sense. Overall, they seemed to be nice people. I also had to complete a 30 minute timed essay.

    Interview Questions

    • They asked me about the F1120.   1 Answer
  6.  

    Seasonal Tax Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ monthsinterviewed at IRS (Austin, TX).

    Interview

    Easy job offer for local people. People received phone calls or correspondence for job offers without going through any interview, we only had to complete lengthy paperwork and prepared proper identification before reporting to work on the first day.

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    Customer Service Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chamblee, GA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at IRS (Chamblee, GA).

    Interview

    Tough and intrusive. Background search. Behavioral questions and Brain teaser type questions along personal border line questions all in group multiple questions fill in the black check off the box type questionnaire forms in a group of 45 people for several hours at a time. The training once hired was incredibly difficult as well.

    Interview Questions

    • What I expected out of the IRS within 5 years?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Grueling

  8.  

    IRS Contact Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at IRS.

    Interview

    Very basic and simple interview. The questions were not compicated and I was interviewed by Contact Representative managers. Think the main point of the interview was to hear how my voice sounded and how I talked.

    Interview Questions

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    Tax Compliance Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Interview

    I applied and did not receive a response for 2 months. Then I received notification via email that I made the best qualified list and I was invited to complete an online assessment. I completed an online interactive assessment and a month later I received a call for an interview. Two weeks after the interview I received notification I was hired and I would start 2 weeks after I received the call. From submitting the application to hiring it took about 4 months.

    Interview Questions

    • How well do you handle pressure with competing deadlines?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    There is no negotiation.

  10.  

    Contact Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person – interviewed at IRS.

    Interview

    Applied the end of august. It's mid September and I just got offered position after having to complete an online assessment, tap assessment, and interview. Must pass back ground check and criminal record.

    Interview Questions

    • Questions were the same Genreal questions at any interview. How would you handle conflict? What would you so if you didn't know something? Etc   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    There is NO NEGOTIATION. Take it or leave it.

  11.  

    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 7+ monthsinterviewed at IRS (New York, NY).

    Interview

    I went to the interview for a Paralegal position, and was told that Paralegals are only employed for a maximum of 2 years at the Chief Counsel office in New York. I was then persuaded to take the offer of a position as a Legal Assistant/Secretary for longevity. Under the supervision of a (2) horrible attitude Lead Group Assistants who constantly gave their work to the Legal Assistants/Secretaries, and then took for the credit and praise from them with the attorneys.

    Interview Questions

    • There were no difficult questions because they only wanted to hire employees to catch up on the back work loads.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    There was NO negotiations...you either accepted the position offered, or declined. I say to any new candidates considering to work for the IRS to "think twice" before accepting an offer to work for the IRS. As a former employee, I was "black-balled" and have NOT been able to obtain employment for the past 5 years because of the lies and discrepancies that were submitted and inserted on my SF-50. That particular agency of the federal government needs to be investigated for the understaffing and the high turn over of terminated employees.

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