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Updated Jan 16, 2015
Updated Jan 16, 2015
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    Collections Agent Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at IRS in June 2007.

    Interview Details

    Inteview process involved a presentation by IRS personnel regarding the position and the interviewing process. After the presentation, each candidate was interviewed in a private interview by two IRS personnel. The agents read from a list of questions. Questions typically began with "How would you reply to a taxpayer who said/did _____." After the interview, each candidate participated in a mock telephone conversation in which the candidate played the role of an IRS collection agent and the caller played the role of an irate taxpayer.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you respond if the taxpayer said a lien on his property would prevent him from obtaining the money necessary to pay the taxes.   Answer Question
    • How would you respond if you saw a gun stored on top of the taxpayer's refrigerator.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Individual Tax Advisory Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at IRS in June 2009.

    Interview Details

    Detailed, they know all about you, do not lie, the IRS is a great place to work if you qualify. You must be clean but very clean, no bad marks, and you must not be disabled they will find out and let you go.

    Interview Questions
    • Do you have any bank accounts in another state? I did not comprehend until after my father's death, he had hidden accounts using my name to hide his money and I still have not found them. Yet the IRS knows where they are.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation, but I wish I had not accepted the job, tough as nails with 85 case loads per month and no room for error.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Revenue Agent Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 12+ monthsinterviewed at IRS in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    It was a group interview, done by a panel of 3 supervisors/group managers. They ask a specific set of questions, some are harder, depending upon the candidate, or who they want to let in or promote. No hiring in the last 3 years, and none on the horizon. It is always hard when you are going up against the considered favorite.

    Interview Questions
    • I do not remember the hardest question I was asked as they all appeared to be difficult.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Revenue Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Monroe, LA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Monroe, LA
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Very lengthy and detailed. Do not expect this process to be less than approx 6 months from application to offer. Background check is very lengthy and detailed, as to be expected. It included interviews with neighbors, friends and family and prior roommates or people who can verify prior residences.

    Interview Questions
    • Many difficult questions pertaining to situation scenarios and how to handle them.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Contract Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bowie, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bowie, MD
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at IRS.

    Interview Details

    Regardless of the job for which you're applying, write an extensive, LONG resume. One job per page - and fill each page with your responsibilities, accomplishments, how you overcame challenges, and how you contributed or improved your working environment. This isn't the private sector resume with bullet points! ELABORATE on your resume. You need to paint a picture for Human Resources so they know exactly who you are, how you managed your work day, and how you excelled or overcame challenges.

    Also, follow the instructions on the job announcement. Include your employer, address, phone number, month & year of employment, full-time or part-time, and the number of hours you worked per week. Some managers conduct a phone interview first, so be prepared. Dress and professionally - whether on the phone or in person. Be calm, confident, and tell the truth. They will find out if what you say is factual.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Special Agent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at IRS.

    Interview Details

    There is Centralized hiring and you submit 3 top choices, but you could be sent anywhere in the United States. You must take an examination plus a very detailed difficult interview. One on one as well as group interviews. Drug testing and Psychological testing.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No Negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tax Attorney Interview

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

    I applied online – interviewed at IRS in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    The government interview process is pretty standardized. You submit your application generally through USAJobs for most agencies. Opm will screen the applications and send the best qualified to the agency. From there hiring managers will screen out more applicants and narrow the field further and select candidates for interviews. The interviews are standardized and conducted in form of a panel meaning you'll be in a room with 3 or more panelists asking questions. Everyone is asked the same set of questions. Some agencies may do this over the phone others may ask you to come in.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Yes you may be able to negotiate a higher pay grade or step but it'll depend on the office budget and what you were making at your last place.
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Customer Service Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chamblee, GA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chamblee, GA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at IRS.

    Interview Details

    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?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Grueling
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Revenue Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at IRS in July 2009.

    Interview Details

    Online application process. Online test must be passed. After two plus months, I was contacted for an in person interview. Was interviewed by two managers at an IRS location. Very limited opportunities for hiring, no postings for outside employees have been made available for four years.

    Interview Questions
    • What would you do if you went into a bar with your co-workers to see the owner, who was in the back office and there was a shotgun prominently displayed behind the bar? Would you proceed to the office and conduct your first contact? A fight subsequently broke out between the bartender and one of your co-workers, what would you do?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation available. Start at a set pay grade, hired with a one year probation period and upon successful completion, automoatic promotion to journey level.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11.  

    Revenue Agent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at IRS.

    Interview Details

    Interview process was by a panel and they asked several "what would you do" type scenario questions

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview

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