I applied online and the process took 6 months - interviewed at US Agency for International Development in June 2011.
Interview Details – This was a limited time and opportunity position during the surges for both Iraq and Afghanistan. Applied on line, was vetted among other applicants and chosen for interview with three experienced Foreign Service Officers.
Interview Question – How would you respond to an Afghan national leader who wanted paid for influencing projects to be developed and/or awarded to his own companies or friends/family who owned them. View Answer
Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation as the Foreign Service Officer system is a pre-set system. Even my salary was reduced, but so many other 'bonuses' such as separation, danger pay, overtime, etc. made up for the reduction. In the end, salary pay was acceptable and worth time and effort invested.
Interviewed at US Agency for International Development
Interview Details – Contractor-- Engility/IRG. Very fast, efficient interview process. Only 1 interview. Shady negotiations with the contractor. Lowball salary offer at first, but quickly moved up. This contractor does not have good benefits for employees.
Interview Question – Will you be able to perform admin work without being frustrated given a substantive background. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Able to negotiate a higher salary as a contractor
Interviewed at US Agency for International Development
Interview Details – panel interview with 4-5 people
25-30 minutes long
around 15 questions total asked with 1-2 minute response time
Interview Question – Describe a time when you dealt with a difficult customer. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at US Agency for International Development in January 2013.
Interview Details – You are given a panel interview.
Interview Question – What is your biggest accomplishment. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 7 months - interviewed at US Agency for International Development.
Interview Details – Months after submitting my resume, I was invited to DC for a face-to-face interview. It consisted of a writing assignment, a group activity and an interview panel. It took less than 4 hours, was pretty straightforward. Reviewing technical information like epi data just so that you know what is the range of "Normal" is helpful. Also, being aware of USAID priorities may help and writing persuasively.
Interview Question – We are not supposed to share the questions. I would say that the questions are vague enough for you to either shine or sink yourself based on the examples you chose to give. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – You can't learn anything about your future in the foreign service until you are IN the foreign service.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at US Agency for International Development.
Interview Details – Try not to schedule your interviews around noon if your interview will be held at the Ronald Reagan Buildiing. You are required to go through 3 security checkpoints and that can take from 5-15 minutes.
First round- usually conducted in-person if you live in DC or most candidates are locally based. If 2 or more candidates are outside DC, then it will be done via teleconference or skype
Second round- all interviews are conducted in-person. Some candidates are based overseas so they can be flown in at the company's expense.
Interview Question – Mostly behavioral and technical question. Always bring your personality. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – They request to see my current paystub but we both felt comfortable with the final amount. ALWAYS ALWAYS NEGOTIATE.
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at US Agency for International Development in August 2010.
Interview Details – This was a very casual interview with my supervisor over coffee as I was being interviewed for a contracted position. They asked detailed questions about project implementation and business planning. They were also very interested in tracking projects (milestones, etc) and overall it was a good interview, and very easy.
Interview Question – Have you ever tracked multi-year projects? View Answer
Negotiation Details – There was not a negotiation phase.
Very Difficult Interview
I applied through other source and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at US Agency for International Development in May 2010.
Interview Details – Painful and silly. No clear sense of direction or timing.
Interview Question – Describe for me how you implement new processes... View Answer
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at US Agency for International Development in October 2009.
Interview Details – The interviewing process is subcontracted. At the time of my interview, Tai Pedro was the subcontractor. Reported to TP offices bright and early with sharp suit on. There were about 12 other people waiting. We were divided into groups of 4-5.
First, we took timed, individual, computerized knowledge tests comprised of multiple choice, reading and short essay. The theme was decision making on a USAID local mission level. It was very fast and challenging.
Second, we had a group interview observed by a panel of three USAID veterans. Surprise, surprise, they were three middle-aged white guys. Our group task was to discuss the test essay and reach consensus on allocation of mission resources under conditions of scarcity. The panel watched for group dynamics. This was about an hour.
We now had a lunch break.
After lunch, we were cued to go in for individual interviews through the afternoon. The same panel did a by-the-book interview with preselected questions. This session took about an hour.
The following day, the security interview took place. This was about an hour of, in my case, very skilled grilling on the security clearance application and other tangents. This was a rather intimate and took about an hour.
Interview Question – If I had every had any run-ins with contractors, which I had. View Answer
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at US Agency for International Development in March 2010.
Interview Details – Participated in a series of phone interviews with human resources and the department chief. The first one specifically described legal proceedings such as the background check and what previous experiences I had, whether or not I had left the country in the past 5 years, my permanent residence, and the documents I would have to fill out.
The second interview consisted of behavioral questions on previous experiences and different projects I worked on and how I accomplished them.
Interview Question – Challenges in a project and how I over came it Answer Question
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