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Updated Jan 16, 2015
Updated Jan 16, 2015
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    Internal Revenue Service Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Quincy, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Quincy, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at IRS in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview is an option. It was also a panel interview of 4. All members of the panel were professional and pleasant.

    Interview Questions
    • None of the questions were out of the ordinary or difficult.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    The position is a none paying internship. Negotiations do not apply.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Tax Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at IRS in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    Initially, I had to apply through the federal job website, then complete numerous processing forms (e.g. background check form, tax compliance form) and fingerprinting. Subsequently, I was contacted over the phone and had a brief interview with the hiring manager. The interview consisted of about six or seven questions and lasted about 15 - 20 minutes.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    It just necessitated replying to a job offer email.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Data Transcriber Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at IRS in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    After I applied online I was emailed and told a time and date to get fingerprinted and take a typing test. After going through security you're told to go into a room and await the typing test. While you're waiting for that to begin, people come and get you to get your badge photo taken as well as your fingerprints. Also while you're waiting you get your paperwork checked. The whole process goes much faster if you print out all the required documents from the initial email you get sent. The typing test is mainly 10-key with a little bit of alpha thrown in there. There is a requirement you must meet. I think if you only get 90% accuracy you have to be able to type around 5000wpm. If you're able to type 100% accuracy you have to be able to type around 4500wpm I think. I was told there were a lot of applicants and we couldn't hear back from them for over a month and it would be only by email to grant approval for the background check.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    IRS Contact Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at IRS in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    Upon submitting your resume to the IRS, you will be asked to take an online assessment. Basically, you are given a simulated phone conversation with a database of information in order to see how well you can use the information to answer questions. If you score well enough on the test you are asked to come in for an additional live assessment. During this test, you speak to a person pretending to be a customer. You answer their question based on information you are given before the test. At this stage, you are also given a brief interview by a manager where they ask you general interview questions.

    Interview Questions
    • A fake customer becomes irate at an answer you are required to give them. They demand a supervisor and you are instructed to assure them a supervisor will only give them the same answer.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    You are given the specific salary upon submitting your application. Negotiation is typically not entertained.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Supervisory Internal Revenue Agent Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Northeast, NY
    Anonymous Employee in Northeast, NY
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Applied for the position via USAJOBS, took about 2 months prior to hearing back, interview was scheduled rather quick, within the following week

    Interview Questions
    • describe how you decreased the taxpayer's burden(internal question)   View Answers (2)
    No Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Contact Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Holtsville, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Holtsville, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at IRS.

    Interview Details

    Applied online, 2 weeks later went in for pre-employment meeting with about 30 others. Piles of paperwork. Then set up another appointment for a telephone assessment and quick interview.

    Interview Questions
    • During the phone assessment they purposefully try to mess you up. A little pressure, but totally doable.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    None, set times and salaries.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Customer Service Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Indianapolis, IN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Indianapolis, IN
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Long from the time of applying an getting a email response but they are reviewing shortening the process.

    Interview Questions
    • No real intense questions asked you just have to remember its the government an anything negative in your background can possible cause for the interview process to be stalled or stopped.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No real negotiation your shift is already decided upon & skills test an resume pretty much determines your grade (pay). Clean background no felonys, no previous tax issue, & no previous employer disciplinary issues on file.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Contact Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at IRS in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    applied online in august, received email a couple weeks later prompting me to undergo an online simulation that would be graded. received followup a couple weeks later inviting me for interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Because it is the IRS, part of the interview is an extensive background checl   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Contact Representative Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at IRS in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    Applied in June and heard back from them in September to take an online assessment test. Passed that then couple of days later was asked to come in for a telephone assessment test and an interview with about 6 questions afterwards. Was told the only Tour of Duty left was 3-11:30 shift. Waiting to hear something back this week.

    Interview Questions
    • Interview questions were general and nothing unexpected for a position of such.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Not negotiable
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tax Compliance Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rochester, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rochester, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at IRS in August 2012.

    Interview Details

    I was interviewing for a job in Maryland but did the interview at another IRS office. I dressed up and the person who was at the other location, said you can relax, it is just a phone interview..... Needless to say the interview went well. The phone interview was with my feature manager and one other manager at a different location. A few weeks later I was sent an email with the offer letter.

    Interview Questions
    • None really, they even asked me a few math questions which I did in my head. I think the person who was there to watch me during the interview was impress. For the 2nd math question, I did use the person calculator even thou I still had the answer but just wanted to double check. I got no feedback from the managers during the time.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    None, as it is done by OPM
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

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