US Bureau of Labor Statistics Interview Questions in Washington, DC

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    Economist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at US Bureau of Labor Statistics (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    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.

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    Reasons for Declining

    Salary was not enough to rent an apartment in the DC area.

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    Program Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at US Bureau of Labor Statistics (Washington, DC) in December 2012.

    Interview

    Applied for Program Analyst position at Washington, DC headquarters in October 2012 via USAJobs.gov. Interviewed one-on-one with Hiring Manager in December 2012 during their "Interview Week". Multiple groups within BLS were looking to hire Program Analysts however I only interviewed for one group. I received an offer from HR a week and a half later. I'm currently a fed at another agency and this was a status (internal) opening.

    Interview Questions

    • Technical questions regarding budgets, customer service, and administrative functions.
      Soft skills questions regarding communication skills and working in a team, these were asked in "behavioral interview" style.
       
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    Negotiation

    I'm a current fed and for me the position was a promotion to GS-9 so I will start at GS-9, step 1 ($51,630). The position is a GS-9/11/12 career ladder so I will be promoted to GS-11 next year and GS-12 the year after.

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    Economist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at US Bureau of Labor Statistics (Washington, DC) in June 2011.

    Interview

    Typical interview process. They interview you and then let you know if you get the job.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Offer letter that I accepted.

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    Research Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at US Bureau of Labor Statistics (Washington, DC) in May 2010.

    Interview

    The interview process was straightforward. I was asked expected questions and felt my responses were well received. The interview was conducted by phone; this was a first for me so I was quite nervous. To my surprise, I was not as uncomfortable as I anticipated. I was able to articulate my responsibilities in my former position clearly. I also felt comfortable asking follow-up questions with respect to the hiring process. In particular, I asked what the timetable was in terms of selecting a candidate. I also asked that I be informed if another candidate was selected.

    Interview Questions

    • What publications have you written?   1 Answer
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    Economist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 daysinterviewed at US Bureau of Labor Statistics (Washington, DC) in July 2009.

    Interview

    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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    Economist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ weeksinterviewed at US Bureau of Labor Statistics (Washington, DC) in May 2009.

    Interview

    Interviewed with 20 interview managers throughout a day. Some interviews were done in groups, others one-on-one.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    No negotiation. You're subject to the GS pay scale.

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    IT Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at US Bureau of Labor Statistics (Washington, DC) in January 2008.

    Interview

    First, expect a lengthy hiring process that will likely take a few months or more to completion.

    The first part of the hiring process involves filling out a long online application. The bulk of this application centers on KSA, or Knowledge Skill Assessments, which prompt the applicant to write an essay describing their experience and skills in a particular area. I cannot stress enough that you must do well on these KSAs or you won't even be called in for an interview. They get scored by a Subject Matter Expert. Only the candidates with the highest-rated KSA scores will make it to the interview round.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you create a document imaging application?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    They initially lowballed me and said they could only offer a Step 1. I would have had to take a 20k cut in pay to take this job. But after talking with the HR Specialist, he offered to try to do something for me. They had to do some paperwork, but I was eventually able to get a Step 9 at 20k more. So I would tell other candidates to not just accept what they offer. Bargain in a tactful way. Do not act demanding or pushy.

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