I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Interview Details – I applied on the usajobs.com website. The process to get the initial call back took months and I thought that had forgotten about me, but I was very happy to receive the call after all that time. The website can be tedious (hundreds of questions and lots of background information are required for each position applied for) so I would only recommend applying for jobs you are well qualified for instead of the shotgun approach some people take with websites like monster.com.
The actual interview was great! It was very friendly and open. This is an entry level position so not too much was asked about my related work as compared to other interviews I've taken. They asked my how I got into economics and what I like most about it. The interview turned very casual and we began talking more friendly than professionally.
Interview Question – They only asked questions about my background, whether or not it related to the job. The interview was more personality based. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – GS - 7 pay schedule
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at US Bureau of Labor Statistics in June 2011.
Interview Details – Typical interview process. They interview you and then let you know if you get the job.
Interview Question – Typical interview questions. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Offer letter that I accepted.
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Interview Details – 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 August 2012.
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 May 2009.
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 July 2009.
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.
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