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Updated Jan 29, 2015
Updated Jan 29, 2015
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Analyst Interview

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Application Details

I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Interview Details

After applying on USA Jobs it took about three months before I heard anything at all. Afterwards the process moves fairly quickly: I was invited in to an interview with the head of the regional office and two Senior Analysts. The interview itself was very laid back and comfortable, all seemed like great people, though they must follow a script fairly closely. For example, in the three months since I had applied I had done other relevant work: my interviewers were unable to accept an updated resume from me or really consider anything that wasn't included on my initial application. The interview itself took about an hour, then I was given the opportunity to meet privately with another Senior Analyst to ask any questions I wanted that would not be taken into account in my evaluation (to allow me to determine whether I was the right fit.) I heard back with an offer about two weeks later.

Interview Questions
  • The questions were fairly straightforward: describe working in a team, describe your analytical abilities, describe a time you needed to work with people outside your reporting chain and how did you get them to do what you needed, etc.   Answer Question
Reasons for Declining

GAO doesn't negotiate: the first offer you get is the last offer you get. They also do not consider any volunteer experience, or any professional experience gained while you're completing your graduate program when setting salaries. As an evening student, this excluded all of my professional experience over four years of graduate study. GAO's offer was significantly lower than others in my area and they were unwilling to increase in any fashion.

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Other Interview Reviews for U.S. Government Accountability Office

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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at U.S. Government Accountability Office.

    Interview Details

    met with a junior analyst with the team, I was interviewing for. We talked about the position. I then interview with two senior analyst and a HR person.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at U.S. Government Accountability Office.

    Interview Details

    Interviewers were very nice, eloquent, personable, and had great things to say about their experiences at the GAO. The interview questions were very regimented and formalized though, so it felt kind of awkward at times.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a time when you conducted research - explain how you came up with your research design, what kinds of methodology you used, quantitative and qualitative, and how you used it to solve your research question.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at U.S. Government Accountability Office.

    Interview Details

    I had a phone interview for the internship and then converted to full time employee after the internship.

    Interview Questions
    • I don't recall the most difficult question, but I do recall they asked me how I would conduct a research study.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at U.S. Government Accountability Office.

    Interview Details

    Applied 12/2012, received a call for an interview in 5/2013. The interview occurred a week later. One week after the interview, I was given a tentative offer by telephone.

    I met with three employees. One was from PDP. One was in leadership. The last was a senior analyst. They were very friendly. The interview was conversational. I was told they were only hiring around 70 to 75 analysts.

    The questions were not a surprise. They wanted to discuss my experience with working in groups, quantitative analysis, qualitative analysis, and writing. Although, they wanted me to discuss times I've conducted analysis only in a group setting or within a group.

    Interview Questions
    • No surprise interview questions. They do not seem the type of organization to pull off something crazy.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at U.S. Government Accountability Office in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    fairly straight forward. they asked me a lot about the information i filled out in the questionnaire

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at U.S. Government Accountability Office in November 2009.

    Interview Details

    Applied online. Completed KSA and made it through to interviews. Had a group interview with office manager, assistant director, and senior analyst. Interview had feel of a case interview. Very helpful to prepare for questions that ask how you would design a case. Really enjoyed the interview.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at U.S. Government Accountability Office in April 2009.

    Interview Details

    1) You're greeted by someone who has worked 2-3 year at GAO.
    2) You'r interviewed by 2-3 people from different missions teams. Basic Qs include why you want to work there; examples of working in team, esp. difficult teams; examples of knowledge and experience in research methods;

    Interview Questions
    • How do you deal wit a team member that is not contributing his/her share of the work?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 8+ monthsinterviewed at U.S. Government Accountability Office in April 2009.

    Interview Details

    It takes a while. From start to finish, most of a year. If you want to come in under the PDP program, you'll need to intern here between your first and second year of grad school.

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked about a congressional internship I had 10 years ago. Be prepared to discuss relevant experience from anything on your resume.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Look into your rights per OPM guidelines. I did not negotiate, but I regret it.
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at U.S. Government Accountability Office in March 2009.

    Interview Details

    I applied on USAJOBS in November 2008. Got an e-mail from the employer in mid January that they will be calling me to set up an interview. I was offered an option of having an in person or over the phone interview, and I took the phone option. They set up an over the phone interview 2-3 weeks ahead of time, that I had to reschedule because I had a bad cold and was all stuffed up, not good for a phone interview. They were very flexible and we came up with another date another 2-3 weeks into the future. The interview lasted close to 2 hours. I was interviewed by 3 people: 1 HR and two from the area that was hiring. They gave me the timeline when I would be hearing from them, and they contacted me with an offer just when they said they would.

    Interview Questions
    • What was your experience of working in teams: both position and negative. How did you handle the later.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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