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Updated Apr 10, 2015
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    Airport Screener Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at TSA (Transportation Security Administration) in November 2011.

    Interview

    Recieved an Email to take the Computer Base Testing. Passed and accept contingent offer on the same day. Got interviewed a couple months later. It was a really long process. After the interview they take you to get your medicals done and they test your strength. You basically got the job if you pass everything including the FBI background screen for a National Security Position (Security Clearance). It take a while for the whole process to clear. Accepted a firm offer of employment once my fingerprints came back two weeks later after the interview and medical.

    Interview Questions

    • During your interview they make you promise that you won't tell anybody what they asked you. But like I said, be honest and candid and you will do fine.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    There is no negotiation. Whatever they offer you is what you get so take it or leave it. Most screeners start out part-time. If you really want the job, be very motivated and have alot of patience. This is not your ordinary job. It is a long step by step process that not many people make far in. So if you really want the job, be honest and show that you have what it takes. After they give you a contingent offer, they will give you a form called the SF86, Dont lie about your past because they will find out one way or another risking your chance of employment with the company.

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    TSA OFFICER Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Long Island City, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 12+ monthsinterviewed at TSA (Transportation Security Administration) (Long Island City, NY) in June 2011.

    Interview

    hiring process is very long and the interview is a disaster, how do they expect you to answer a question about a field that you don't have experience in.

    Interview Questions

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    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at TSA (Transportation Security Administration).

    Interview

    The hiring process involves getting a color test, finger prints,background, dexterity, physical and much more then you wait forever to find out if you are in the hiring pool and then you go to another airport and take computer tests, xray tests and bag check tests.

    Interview Questions

    • Why did you apply for this job.   2 Answers

    Negotiation

    None!

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    TSA OFFICER Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Interview

    Everything is easy except the imaging test and interview process. As for the interview, the questions "sound" easy but they expect you to answer what "they" want to hear. It really depends on who is interviewing you. It might be easy for one person but difficult for another. BTW If you are a female, you have a MUCH better chance of passing it. They want to even out the male/female ratio.

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    TSA OFFICER Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at TSA (Transportation Security Administration) in April 2011.

    Interview

    The hiring process can be very lengthy. After your initial application and if selected you will be required to take an xray and vocabulary test. Expect it to take up to 6 months to actually get an offer of employment. Going by memory it was a two panel interview. There was also a color blind test.

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    Interview Questions

    • Give me a specific example of a time when you used good judgment and logic in solving a problem.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Salary is already set. So are benefits. Its a pay scale system like GS

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    Tso Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    interviewed at TSA (Transportation Security Administration) (Santa Barbara, CA) in July 2011.

    Interview

    The entire process took about 9 months.

    Interview Questions

    • I will not consider any of the steps for the TSO position to be difficult. However, you must do some research on how to respond to life experience/situational questions for the interview.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    I declined because I was offered the job right after being hired by a law enforcement agency.

  8. Helpful (2)  

    Transportation Security Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at TSA (Transportation Security Administration).

    Interview

    Reading and Spelling test, Pattern Recognition test, color blindness test, drug test, fingerprinting, 10 year FBI background investigation, interview and finally 2-3 months of training.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time when you had a fellow co-worker do something wrong, what did you do, how did you handle the situation, and what was the outcome.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    None

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    Master Transportation Security Officer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at TSA (Transportation Security Administration) (Philadelphia, PA) in October 2012.

    Interview

    Computerized testing, resume review, in person assessment, followed by a drug test and background check. If hired, 2 weeks of classroom training and then several weeks of on the job training.
    Promotional interviews are behavior based.

    Interview Questions

    • The promotional interviews can be very stressful. All questions are "Tell me about a time..." type questions.   Answer Question
  10. Helpful (1)  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 11+ monthsinterviewed at TSA (Transportation Security Administration) in September 2012.

    Interview

    Mostly done online as you progress through different stages/ Background check/Drug screen/Interview/ Credit check, etc

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    No negotiation

  11. Helpful (1)  

    Transportation Security Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 10+ monthsinterviewed at TSA (Transportation Security Administration) in December 2013.

    Interview

    It is easy to pass

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    There was no negotiation.

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