IRS Interview Questions

Updated Jun 20, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)  

    Java Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    It is a very long process. You are given plenty of documents to review and sign. It is expected since it is a government job, but a couple of the documents seems like they are asking the same information over and over again. You do get someone from the HR office that interview you, and they usually perform the interview over the phone.

    Interview Questions

    • There wasn't any real difficult question. It was a surprise that technical questions were actually asked to be honest.   Answer Question
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    Tax Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at IRS.

    Interview

    Initial hiring is based on an online application, screening, and scoring system. Itf referred for consideration, it is more of a process for lower level than an interview. Application should NOT be a one or two page resume. Make it relevant, but be sure to be as detailed as possible.

    Negotiation

    Not applicable.

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    Contact Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cleveland, OH
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at IRS (Cleveland, OH).

    Interview

    Completed the online application two days before announcement expired, received a call to complete fingerprinting two months later, received a call to complete computer/practice call assessment a month afterwards and received an offer for employment about three months after the assessment.

    Interview Questions

    • There was NO interview back in 2006 for contact reps. You have to complete an assessment on a computer taking phone calls from a recruiter that you cannot see. They did not want to see if you would have the right answers necessarily...but rather, if HOW you answered them and followed directions. TIP: They are always monitoring your professionalism. Most of the escorts are actually MANAGERS so behave professionally, dress well and act as if someone is watching you at all times (because they are). 4 years later, I became a Lead / Manager and know first hand. Best wishes   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    There was NO negotiation at the time. Now, they base it on your education/experience level and you WILL be measured up to your abilities later on.

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    IRS Contact Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    While the hiring process is lengthy the interview itself was comprised of four fairly logical questions posing potential caller scenarios.

    Interview Questions

    • A question about an apparent tax software company error mistakenly directing four taxpayers in a row to call the IRS to obtain their last year's AIG and how to deal with that.   Answer Question
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    Individual Tax Advisory Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    It's a very long process. Security is a big concern so you have to go through a lot of checks. There's also tons of applications so you have to be patient. It took me 6 months from application to start date and some can take longer. This position only required a two person interview which was your normal questions so nothing different there. Biggest thing is that even after hired you're still going through security checks so you can be fired after hired within months but after that you're in the clear.

    Interview Questions

    • One question was worded with IRS jargon but just ask what they mean and they'll explain it in better terms and will not hold it against you. They're just use to people knowing what they're talking about because they use the same phrases all the time on the job.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    there was none for me but I've heard it's possible if you have enough experience but you would not be negotiating the salary but the grade level as they're pretty much set based on the job. All salaries are online and in the job description so it shouldn't be a surprise.

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    Technical Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Application

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

    Interview

    Very competitive, smart people

    Interview Questions

  8. Helpful (1)  

    Mail Clerk Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Covington, KY
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at IRS (Covington, KY).

    Interview

    All correspondence was online. No face to face interview. Basically seemed like you were hired in the order in which the applications were received. Strange process. HE emailed all information and met with me to fill out paperwork, did a background check, then made an offer of employment via email after I passed the background check.

    Negotiation

    Not willing to negotiate.

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    Tax Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at IRS.

    Interview

    Well, there is nothing exceptional about it at all. Its an interview for a government position. If you fill out all there paperwork it should be smooth sailing. Just make sure you DO finish all your paperwork. That is key.

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    Special Agent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at IRS.

    Interview

    Once application is reviewed, a test is administered. If there are openings, multiple panel interview take place. If an offer is made, choice of cities are ranked 1 - 10. If major city, will be placed, not guarantee of where you will be located

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    No

  11.  

    IRS Contact Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at IRS in August 2014.

    Interview

    The hiring process is pretty lengthy. There are many steps that you have to go through before you are given confirmation that you actulally have the job. The job does require that you take and assessment online and also an assessment onsite. All correspondence are done by email. You will also receive phone call letting ou know to check our email.

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