NSF Interview Questions

Updated Apr 14, 2015
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    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at NSF.

    Interview

    I was interviewed by a panel of 6 people. They all asked thoughtful questions and were very engaging. The whole process felt like a relaxed formal conversation. I have to write at least thirty more words here. It's silly that they can tell me how many more words I have to write, but they won't put a little counter next to the dialogue box that counts down until I've met the requirement.

    Interview Questions

    • I don't want to tell any specific questions. If you get the opportunity to interview with NSF, your responses should be organic to that conversation.   Answer Question
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    Writer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at NSF.

    Interview

    I was interviewed in person by two managers at the same time. One was the second-level supervisor of the unit I was interviewing for and the other was head of public affairs/media relations.

    Interview Questions

    • The senior interviewer: head of legislative affairs was very conscientious in the interview and asked intelligent and wide-ranging questions and engaged me in a relaxed conversational exchange. The other interviewer, head of public affairs, was oddly passive and disengaged and had no questions.   1 Answer
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    Program Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at NSF (Arlington, VA) in September 2014.

    Interview

    Received call for phone interview set for the very next day. Was given a code to contact them with an 800 #. Was set with three ladies on conference call but really couldn't hear them clearly because I was on speaker. I really wished they picked up the phone to ask a question

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about your current position , and what is it's size?   1 Answer
    • Is there anything about yourself that you did not put on your resume?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Haven't heard back yet as it was on 9-9-14 and today is only the 15th of September

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    Program Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at NSF.

    Interview

    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 Questions

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    Design and Publishing Section Head Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ weeksinterviewed at NSF (Arlington, VA) in April 2014.

    Interview

    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 Questions

    Negotiation

    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

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    NSF REU Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fairfax, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at NSF (Fairfax, VA) in April 2014.

    Interview

    Interview was done through Skype. Unfortunately the connection was terrible throughout the entire call and I had a hard time hearing what they asked. Although it was an awkward barrier, I politely asked them to repeat their last sentence, even multiple times until I could clearly understand what they were asking. My interviewers were very cooperative in trying to make the situation better, and we were able to eventually finish the interview. The interview itself was pretty basic. They asked me about myself and my resume. They moved onto asking me solving questions related to what their field of research was specifically (Spatiotemporal Innovation).

    Interview Questions

    • How would you design a program to model climate change?   Answer Question
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    Program Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Application

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

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • Describe a workplace situation involving conflict, and how did you resolve it?   Answer Question
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    Program Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at NSF in February 2014.

    Interview

    I first interviewed with a panel of 4 Program Specialists. It was a fairly simple interview, standard questions were asked and I was able to to ask everyone questions as well. The group was friendly. I then interviewed with the Director and which was one on one, it was a short interview.

    Interview Questions

    • I dont really recall many of the questions that were asked of me. I dont think any of them where difficult. It was a very standard interview with the regular interview questions. I think I may have asked them less standard questions.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I was able to negotiate a starting salary...that was nice :)

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    Science Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at NSF in July 2012.

    Interview

    Email contact followed up by video-conferencing interviews and phone calls. The video conference was surprisingly easy and it was good to talk to and see several staff members in the process. Fairly easy and straight forward hiring process with a great orientation.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at NSF (Washington, DC) in May 2011.

    Interview

    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 Questions

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