IRS Interview Questions

Updated Apr 13, 2015
Updated Apr 13, 2015
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    Special Agent Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at IRS (New York, NY).

    Interview

    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

    No Negotiation.

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    Tax Examining Technician Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at IRS (Cincinnati, OH).

    Interview

    The process is long and cumbersome through the internet. Feedback is good. They like resume and transcripts. A background investigation is done after you are hired. Sometimes no interview or one over the phone. Best employer HR for not getting caught up in phoney interview expectations. The color of your resume, suit you are wearing or staying up the night before practicing what HR people like to hear is joyfully not an issue.

    Interview Questions

    • They want very much detail that sometimes is very time consuming to look back and find. If you combine employment with company that changed it's name 3 times the background investigation will wonder why you did not list each individually. For years you are out of work they want exact dates.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    No negotiation. They go by opm wage tables.

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    Mail Clerk Interview

    Accepted Offer
    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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    Contract Specialist Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at IRS (Bowie, MD).

    Interview

    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

    • Why do you want to work with the IRS?   1 Answer
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    Tax Attorney Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at IRS (Washington, DC) in May 2014.

    Interview

    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

    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.

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    Technical Specialist Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Application

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

    Interview

    Very competitive, smart people

    Interview Questions

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    Data Transcriber Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at IRS (Holtsville, NY).

    Interview

    This was done by first applying in a group setting, then general testing. To apply for the Data Transcriber position, I had to take a data entry test.

    Interview Questions

    • Only questions were based on my paperwork, by people working to process people who made it through testing to return for further processing. No traditional interviews were held.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiation, we were told what each position paid, based on our entry grade.

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    Supervisory Internal Revenue Agent Interview

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

    Application

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

    Interview

    Apply on USA Jobs. Add transcripts, resume, cover letter. Invitation to take accounting test follows. Score an A. If you don't get an A, you can't retest and you won't get an interview. The test is easy if you have an accounting degree. Then interview with territory manager follows.

    Interview Questions

    • Questions are behavioral. "What would you do if you had to make a $20,000 adjustment to the tax of a single mother who is a waitress" or "you don't have enough time to meet every deadline and there is no overtime available. What would you do"   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiating. GS-7 or GS-9 to start

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    IRS Contact Representative Interview

    Accepted Offer
    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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    Contact Representative Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at IRS (Portland, OR) in October 2013.

    Interview

    Getting through to the interview was very interesting indeed. The testing process was basic and thorough. Do your research on internet and you should get through their process. The whole process takes months of waiting, and then a flurry of process, and back to waiting. Best of luck!

    Interview Questions

    • The interview itself was four basic questions asking how you would deal with specific call situations. Very easy.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    no negotiation

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