I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at US Army in June 2011.
Interview Details – Received an email indicting that I was selected to interview and was involved in one interview
Interview Question – There were no unexpected questions View Answer
Negotiation Details – No negotiation
I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at US Army in October 2010.
Interview Details – Received several interview for this nominative position. First was a phone interview to see if I had the minimum qualifications. One verified had a face to face interview with the hiring official and the staff to see if I fit into the culture of the organization. It was a perfect fit for both of us.
Interview Question – Do you like to eat? View Answer
Negotiation Details – No negotiation on pay only on work call hours which worked well for me.
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 5 months - interviewed at US Army in June 2009.
Interview Details – The hiring process is maybe the most ridiculously bureaucratic process I've ever seen... (no, I'm not exaggerating). They will interview and cross-check you and inspect everything about you and then they will STILL hire a person that is completely wrong for a job. I have had to hire many people in my time and it is a nightmare on BOTH sides of the process, if I know a person that has been doing the exact job as a contractor for years and is the best candidate... I can't hire that person if even one veteran or military spouse or transfer from another facility applies and has a pulse. I'm a disabled vet and I understand the need to give some preference to other vets and military families, etc... but it (like most things in the government) has turned into one, huge loophole for those that know how to play the system... those few that are honest, forthright and would be real gems for the organization aren't big enough "players" to make it in... there are some AMAZING people that work their hearts out every day, but for every one of them, there are 5 that are just desk-surfers. All that being said, (no angst here, eh?)... you CAN get into the system by religiously checking USAJOB and applying for everything you can... get in as a clerk if you have to and then move around within the system, once you are in, it is much easier to get what you want... not guaranteed, but easier.
A couple of other pointers... sometimes we post jobs for the minimum 72 hours on a Friday of a long weekend, hoping that nobody will apply except the person we know is best for the job... so check often. Also, when they ask for supporting paperwork of any kind, get it for them and if it isn't required but it asks for it anyway, supply a piece of paper that says something to the effect of: "This blank page is a place holder for form xxxx which is not required for this position"... the reason is: If a job asks for something like a "veterans status" letter but you aren't a veteran, it doesn't disqualify you.... BUT... if the system has that listed as a form you need to submit and you don't upload "something", then it automatically kicks you out of the process before a human even gets to see your resume.
Don't be surprised if your interview turns into more of a "let me tell you all about us and our needs" rather than being asked about your skill sets. Your average gov interviewer is usually not very experienced at all... they VERY often have never (or rarely) ever hired someone before, so they may be just winging it.
Remember, this is a nit-picky, pedantic process that is not even controllable by the person doing the hiring... so don't be discouraged or take anything personally... tenacity will eventually get you in the door... but remember, the process will OFTEN take 2 to 6 months from first submission to first day of work... (and often much longer).... yes, sorry, but that is how it normally works... (hence, the loss of the talented people to other jobs and the acceptance of those just waiting for a free government ride).... ((sigh))...
Interview Question – expect anything and everything from the person that interviews you, they may be the direct supervisor for that position or an HR functionary that doesn't have even a clue what the job requires. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation for these types of jobs... you are made an offer of a specific pay grade that was posted with the job opening and everything else is standard options.
I applied online and the process took 5 months - interviewed at US Army in November 2009.
Interview Details – Applied through online application August.
Conducted over-the-phone interview in November.
Received offer letter December 10 and accepted the job.
It took nearly 3 months for the HR department to process me, and I gave my then employer notice that I was leaving.
The Army called me the Friday before I was supposed to start work and said they couldn't hire me under the current job announcement; they had to repost the job announcement.
Two weeks later I was FINALLY able to start my job.
Interview Question – There were no unexpected questons. View Answer
Interviewed at US Army
Interview Details – Hiring process is long and tedious. Takes 4-5 months for hiring
Interview Question – 2 hour long panel interview with 5 people asking questions. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Negotiations were easy, asked for a salary and was approved.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at US Army in June 2009.
Interview Details – Current PM found my resume through the MOAA resume bank following a job fair and referred it to heir HR dept. Sat with 4 individuals, 2 Psychology PhDs and 2 higher level project directors. Friendly atmosphere with straight forward process. Benefits package was slightly below average with no short term disability. Office culture did not seem fast-paced or very lively in general. Work experience looked like it would depend greatly on the attitude set by your supervisor.
Interview Question – Tell us about a time you developed a subordinate. Answer Question
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