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US Agricultural Research Service Interview Questions

Updated Nov 7, 2014
Updated Nov 7, 2014
26 Interview Reviews

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  1.  

    Post Doc, Biofuels Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Wyndmoor, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Wyndmoor, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at US Agricultural Research Service.

    Interview Details

    Initial phone interview with common behavioral questions. Fast follow up for an on-site interview and eventually an offer. The on-site was shorter than what you would expect for a bigger company. Typically for a larger company, the interview process is 2 days, but this position required a 1 day interview that ended at 3 PM. Overall a positive experience.

    Interview Questions
    • Was asked technical questions on their reactor setup.   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    I was looking for permanent placement, but this particular position didn't lead to something permament.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Enumerator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Spokane Valley, Spokane, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Spokane Valley, Spokane, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at US Agricultural Research Service in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Seems the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing. We in the field have told the staff what is needed but the message seems to never get up the chain of command. Next time we have a survey we have to ask the same question when the answer were reported in previous surveys.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    IT Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Application Details

    I applied in-person – interviewed at US Agricultural Research Service.

    Interview Details

    Enjoyed the hiring and interview process, but then my supervisor who hired me soon left the agency.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Program Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at US Agricultural Research Service in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    Not a typical government hiring process. Non-competitive eligibility hiring process...very quick and responsive HR team. I had one interview with three people from the team and a writing test the same day. Was contacted by the HR team with the offer and started very quickly after that since I already had a previous clearance to work with the federal govt.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Forestry Tech Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    A bit difficult, many technical questions regarding the science of forestry.

    Interview Questions
    • What would you do if you were lost in the forest without any water?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    there is no negotiation there are pay scales.
    Accepted Offer
  7.  

    Pathways Internship Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at US Agricultural Research Service.

    Interview Details

    USDA came to my school to recruit for their Pathways Internship. The recruiters walked everyone that attended the information session through the tedious application process on usajobs.gov. It took three months for them to contact me back for an interview. The interview was laid back and lasted 30 minutes because I asked a lot of questions. Two months later I was offered the position contingent upon fingerprint results and a Background Investigation. Although the process is long, Human Resource contacted me every few weeks to to update me on where they were at in the hiring process.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. They pay according to GS grade/scale/level.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Office Automation Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Honolulu, HI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Honolulu, HI
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a dayinterviewed at US Agricultural Research Service in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    There was one interview.The location of the office was difficult to find as it is like a maze.There were three people who interviewed me and asked me all sorts of questions.Some of the questions included were how I deal with stress and prioritizing work,planning the work day.

    Interview Questions
    • How do I deal with stress and prioritizing the work load?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Robinsville, NJ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Robinsville, NJ
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at US Agricultural Research Service in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    First a phone call then a group interview. They ask you 7-8 questions that were basically a checklist. They ask about your experience and skills. Very easy interview. Very easy process, just takes a long time to hear back from them.

    Negotiation Details
    Everything was told to me no negotiation needed
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Public Affairs Specialist Interview

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

    interviewed at US Agricultural Research Service in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    interview was with a panel. there were two seperate interview quesitons. asked the basic questions. situaiton behavioral based questions. asked a little about experience. panel was nice. eays to talk to

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Communications Assistant Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at US Agricultural Research Service in May 2011.

    Interview Details

    Fairly easy. If you know the right people, as any DC job, you are able to get your foot in the door. Met with director and Administrators assistant, they were lovely. Got a call back for a follow-up. And was asked to joing the team after.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. Based on GS level
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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