NSF Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Program Assistant Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at NSF.
Interview Details – The hiring process is not fair. They recruit more from peace corp and the pathways program. If you come to BIO you will undergo a gruling process that will last all day. You will also have to do a skills assesment along with a work sample.
Interview Question – I varies from office to office do not go to BIO Answer Question
Design and Publishing Section Head Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 5+ weeks - interviewed at NSF in April 2014.
Interview Details – The interviewing process consisted of two interviews, a phone interview and in-person panel interview. The phone interview was a comprehensive and thorough Q&A session: the questions were well-balanced drawing on technical and management experiences behavior based. I was confident in my answers and enjoyed the phone interview that extended beyond the proposed 45 minutes.
The in-person interview consisted of a three-person panel interview in a small office where I felt most comfortable because of the layout: small round table with four chairs. I was asked nine to eleven questions total that were both technical and management related. I was most impressed with answers to the questions I had during the process of interviewing with NSF management. Overall, it was a great exchange of information leaving me feeling even more confident and enthusiastic about working at the National Science Foundation.
Interview Question – Honestly, there was any difficult questions Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation because I'm already government employee - there is a standard pay increase based on a formula to allow for a two step pay increase between grades
Program Director Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at NSF.
Interview Details – Application submitted via USAJobs; phone interview with 5 people from various programs; questions were generally straightforward - basically summarizing CV and how it fit in with program.
Interview Question – Describe a workplace situation involving conflict, and how did you resolve it? Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at NSF in May 2011.
Interview Details – Fairly straightforward. Was applying through a referral, so not much in the way of rigor. Just some general fit questions and discussion about the projects they had on hand.
Interview Question – Do you have any questions for me? Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
GK-12 Fellow Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at NSF in April 2008.
Interview Details – Sat down and we chatted about my jobs
Interview Question – why do you want to work here? View Answer
Negotiation Details – No negotiation.
Project Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at NSF in February 2009.
Interview Details – USAJOBS site to apply, many false starts with interview scheduling due to their workload, phone interview with timeline for next steps, arranged an onsite interview, full day of meetings 1/1, presentation, group meeting with support team, HR meeting that was odd for me as potential salary offer was based on previous years 1040 or w-2 so if consulting and variable work, got no recognition of experience, no negotiation on salary beyond a "signing bonus" option. Very collegial atmosphere, dedicated professionals, a big pot of money to distribute as grants and too few people to get the work done.
Reason for Declining – salary non negotiable