I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at US Bureau of Reclamation.
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Questions were basically common with any other job I applied for. Questions were a test to get a feeling of my personality and could I work well with others.
Hiring process involved a lot of paperwork since it's a federal position. Had training for just the paperwork alone and it took about two full days to fully understand the specific details.
Interview Question – What's your greatest weakness and what do you do to compensate for it. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – They gave me an offer and told them to give me a day to talk it over with my family. The GS rates are pretty much standard but the moving expense was a great benefit.
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at US Bureau of Reclamation in September 2009.
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I learned that the Federal Government works very slowly with these kinds of things. I sent in my application in April or May, and I got a letter from them in mid-July which basically told me that I met the minimum qualifications. Got a call in August, set up an interview for beginning of September.
The attire worn by the employees was what you would expect for an engineering office - slacks and button-up shirts, nothing too formal. I was interviewed by 3 gentlemen - 2 in their early 30's and 1 middle-aged. The younger guys were pretty laid back and asked all the easy questions, but the older guy was strictly business and asked the more difficult ones.
As far as interview prep goes, if you are an engineering student like I was at the time, you need to be ready to explain class projects and anything valuable you gained from those experiences. You need to be ready to explain times where you had to use your "technical and analytical skills" to solve a problem. If you're prepared for these questions, they are no problem.
This was my first interview ever, and I did a great job preparing for the basic questions that all interviewers ask (and they did ask those), but I forgot to prepare for questions more specific to engineers. This was a big mistake and I believe it is what cost me the job.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time in your life where you had to use your technical and analytical skills to solve a problem. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at US Bureau of Reclamation in January 2012.
Interview Details – Phone screening first, then panel interview. Ask what seems like general boiler questions.
Interview Question – Contractor requests a change order, what is your action Answer Question
The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at US Bureau of Reclamation in July 2011.
Interview Details – Submitted Resume on USA-Jobs. Got Phone interview, then went for panel interview. Then received offer via E-mail, then did physical, included drug test. Then started. Alot of work for a part time job.
Negotiation Details – None. this is what you get. Take it of leave it.
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