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
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
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.
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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