Interviewed at US Census Bureau
Interview Details – There was a test. After the test, if selected, you got a phone call. You have to undergo a background check and fingerprinting.
Interview Question – There really were not any difficult questions Answer Question
I applied through other source and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at US Census Bureau in January 2013.
Interview Details – First, contacted by email because I was a former 2010 Census employee. Responded that I was interested in the new survey position. Second, I received a phone call asking me to attend a 3 hour meeting at the local library. The meeting consisted of about 25 people. The job expectations were reviewed, a skill test was given, and those who passed were asked to stay for a one-on-one interview. The questions asked were about my past experience with the Census and a few behavioral questions. I was presented an offer and accepted. Follow up with finger printing and background search.
Interview Question – Basic behavioral questions. Not too difficult. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at US Census Bureau in November 2010.
Interview Details – I took a written test and did a phone interview.
Interview Question – None. However the odd question was whether or not I was familiar/comfortable working with a computer. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I was told exactly my hours, pay and start date.
Very Easy Interview
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at US Census Bureau in March 2013.
Interview Details – First, I received a phone call. The job description, including salary, were described to me. I was being invited to take a test, with the intention to be hired a month or so after the phone call. There were scheduled tests in a few locations. I chose a location (a library) and time. I brought my resume, a list of references, a pencil, and something to keep myself entertained, such as a book. A bunch of people took the test together. It was very easy. A sample test is available at census.gov. Next, each of us was interviewed one by one. I was asked to read a sample survey and annunciate clearly. I was also asked to answer questions using examples of my experience, including describing what happened, what the problem was, and how I solved it. Following directions may have been more important than the experiences described.
Interview Question – Describe a time when you failed, what was the problem, and how you overcame the problem. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation with the US government. They are very up front about the salary.
Very Easy Interview
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at US Census Bureau.
Interview Details – First you take a test to see if you can read, write and have any sense of direction. Once passing the test it could be between getting an interview on the spot up to two years before you are call. Questions are easy and the process you go through to get hired or trained doesn't really prepare you for what actually happens in the field talking to real people.
Interview Question – How would you handle coming in to a high crime area? View Answer
Negotiation Details – There are no negotiation with this government position. You take it or leave it. You are a part-time intermittent employee and they make sure you have just few enough hours to never get covered with health benefits or any other federal benefit.
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at US Census Bureau in February 2010.
Interview Details – The interview process included: 1. Online Application 2. Skills/Aptitude test 3. General Census Training (also a "group interview" for management positions).
1. Online Application is straightforward and easy
2. Skills/Aptitude Test is relatively easy if you have a college degree
3. Training is also very straightforward with opportunity to express your desire for a management position.
If you are a self-starter, this is a great job for you. You will be surrounded by a lot of "government worker mentality".
Interview Question – The most difficult part of the process is navigating the training and identifying the level of leadership you want to pursue. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation. Hourly rates are set.
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at US Census Bureau in June 2010.
Interview Details – I was recruited by a campus recruiter, then interviewed over the phone by a senior manager. I came to Suitland and interviewed with another senior manager who offered me the job.
Interview Question – Why do you want this position? View Answer
I applied through other source and the process took 3 months - interviewed at US Census Bureau in May 2010.
Interview Details – Completed US Census exam, and later selected for an interview at the U.S. Census office in El Segundo, CA.
Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation with the U.S. Census.
I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at US Census Bureau.
Interview Details – Apply to be an economist for the Census using the generic job-market process for new PhDs (JOE, EJM, etc). After your fly out, you will be asked to apply through USA Jobs. To negotiate a higher salary, it helps to have proof of another standing offer.
I got the sense that the interviewers were looking for individuals who not only fit their needs, but would fit well into the climate of office. In my first interview they asked questions about my technical skills, research interests, and how well I can think of new research ideas when put on the spot. My fly out was all about whether I would get along with everyone. It was my most pleasant fly out - no one tried to put down my research during my seminar and everyone was friendly.
Interview Question – If you had X, Y, and Z data sources, what types of research questions would you be interested in answering? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – New PhDs typically enter at grade 12, but the step can be negotiated.
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