I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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USAJOBS can be a difficult hurdle to leap over for any Federal Job. The site has gotten better in the past few years but it is still something like quicksand for resumes.
The BLS specific interview process was an amazingly convenient and clearly explained process. The Human Resources employees are very friendly and knowledgeable. They were very quick to allow a phone interview, which is not always the case with other employers.
Interview Question – Why do you want to work here? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Salary was not enough to rent an apartment in the DC area.
I applied online and the process took 5 months - interviewed at US Bureau of Labor Statistics in January 2013.
Interview Details – I applied through USAJobs and was one of the few rare people to actually get an interview. I applied to a particular announcement which I did not get selected for but was called later on that week for an interview for a position that was using the same vacancy announcement. I had one telephone interview with my Branch Chief. The questions revolved around team work as well as my ability to teach basic and advanced concepts to indivudals of all ages and educational backgrounds.
Interview Question – They were all pretty straitghtforward questions. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There was no negotiations. I had tried but they would not budge on a single thing. This is typical of government agencies especially in the type of fiscal environment we are in now. I did however get a small salary bump because my previous government job straddled a GS-9 step 1 and step 2 and so the BLS decided to bump me to a GS-9 step 2.
I applied online and the process took 5+ weeks - interviewed at US Bureau of Labor Statistics in August 2012.
Interview Details – Interviewed with 20 interview managers throughout a day. Some interviews were done in groups, others one-on-one.
Interview Question – How do you handle stress? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation. You're subject to the GS pay scale.
The process took 2 days - interviewed at US Bureau of Labor Statistics in February 2011.
Interview Details – Applied on usajobs.gov, contacted months later through email. Finally booked an appointment, never received the itinerary of the interview, only received a hand written index card with the name of interviewers after telling them about their failure. Moved from one interview to another, had to find the rooms on different floors. They had me rank the different interviewers. Don't believe all the complements they give you, they are protecting themselves from future competitions. The cubicles were mainly empty.
Pros: Bls is good a great place to start, especially if you want to go to grad school. They help pay for it. A lot of "lifers". Great training options. Generally you get promoted up to a 12 easily, which isn't true for other economics positions. People… – Full Review
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