ORISE Interview Questions

Updated May 9, 2015
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    Orise Fellow Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at ORISE (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    Applied online, was contacted by email a few weeks later for a phone interview. Was invited for in-person interview a week after the phone interview. Was offered the job a week after that. P.S. Relocation benefits weren't explicitly offered, but I asked for them and they were provided.

    Interview Questions

    • They actually did not ask me very many questions -- I was glad I had prepared questions for them.   Answer Question
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    Orise Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at ORISE.

    Interview

    Consisted of a phone interview that included situational questions as well as minimal technical knowledge questions. After the phone interview, I was asked to come in for a face to face interview. I was unaware that this would consist of sitting down with all of the 10 members on staff in small groups over a 2 hour period, but everyone was very friendly and it was easier than I expected. Every ORISE Fellowship interview is different though, this is just my experience!

    Interview Questions

    • Was asked to go through the process of setting up an Access database.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No real negotiation since federal pay is on a standardized step schedule

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    Contractor In Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Woodlawn, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ monthsinterviewed at ORISE (Woodlawn, MD) in May 2014.

    Interview

    I applied online at orau.gov. After a rather long delay (approximately 5 months), I was invited for a phone screening/panel style informational interview. No difficult questions, just questions about my background and description of the ongoing and future projects at the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Innovation.

    Interview Questions

    • One of the panel members inquired about a significant employment Gap Inquiry between completion of grad school and first job (2009-2010), and about my significant work experience in non-related field   1 Answer
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    Orise Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at ORISE (Washington, DC) in January 2014.

    Interview

    Submitted application via on-line and received a phone call one month later from a HR representative to set-up interview two weeks later. I was told there were five candidates, one local and four not local. Interview was administered via phone (although I was given the opportunity to apply in-person--on my dime and no reimbursement of cost) with a panel of 4 people. The interview questions were not difficult however, the questions were geared for a person with a toxicology background and this interest was not included in the job description. I immediately knew I was not going to get the position. After the interview process, I requested feedback about my overall performance and was told nothing bad just that the person selected had a background in aquatic toxicology and thus was a better fit.

    Interview Questions

    • No questions were difficult but the questions were geared for a person with a background in toxicology and my area is environmental science with an interest in environmental chemistry/water quality.   Answer Question
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    Postgraduate Research Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at ORISE in November 2012.

    Interview

    The interview process was fairly straightforward. I was contacted via email to schedule a phone interview, which lasted between 30-40 minutes. I was interviewed by a panel of three, of which one would be my immediate supervisor/mentor. They asked me about ten questions related to my background and experience. Following that, they made me an offer fairly quickly, especially considering the nature of government work.

    Interview Questions

    • The interview really focus on my research experience, and how it related to the project they would assign me to. We also discussed my progress towards my PhD.   Answer Question
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    Lab Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fairfield, OH
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at ORISE (Fairfield, OH) in June 2009.

    Interview

    I was told about the administrative/management position opening by a friend. After we discussed my capabilities and what was required, my friend told his supervisor(who was hiring) that I was interested. I came to meet the supervisor, and we discussed the responsibilities. It was informal and no technical questions were asked. I was asked if I'd like to continue working in the government sector for a while if hired. After the interview, I was asked to apply to ORISE through their website, which involved uploading my resume, university coursework and grades, and a few other odds and ends. I had to get three people to visit the website and act as referrals for me - I don't know the details of what they were asked. After about 6 weeks, I was finally hired. From what I've seen, the hiring process through ORISE doesn't always take this long; most of the time it takes 2-4 weeks.

    Negotiation

    I did not negotiate. I told the person interviewing me for the position what I had made previously, and he tried to stay close to that. After a year, my contract was renewed, and I got a salary bump.

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