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NSF Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated May 20, 2014
All Interviews Received Offers

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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Program Assistant Interview

Program Assistant

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


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Design and Publishing Section Head Interview

Design and Publishing Section Head
Arlington, VA

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


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Program Director Interview

Program Director

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


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Intern Interview

Intern
Washington, DC

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


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

GK-12 Fellow Interview

GK-12 Fellow
Montclair, NJ

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.


Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Project Manager Interview

Project Manager
Arlington, VA

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

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