Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
Interviews for Top Jobs at US Census Bureau
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Helpful (1)No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 1 day – interviewed at US Census Bureau (Washington, DC).
Job market paper presentation followed by numerous individual meetings. Lots of smart, collegiate people. Very supportive, open work environment. Everyone seemed to be raving about their supervisor, which is always a good sign.
- What is your research agenda for the next 5 years? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3+ months – interviewed at US Census Bureau (Suitland, MD).
Interviewed with the supervisor over the project. It took about 30min. I think behavioral questions are reserved for interviews with HR. There is no salary negotiations. They stick to the pay grade scale.
- Why do you want to work here? Explain XY on your resume. What is your availability? Are you familiar with this data set and/or method? Are you local? 1 Answer
No negotiations. They stick to a scale.
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at US Census Bureau (Wake Forest, NC) in February 2015.
Your called from someone in Atlanta then have to do a 1 hour test with black pencil. Then you have to do mock interview. It is an almost all day event for a 5 week job.
- They gave you sample mock interview as if you were going to a house. 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at US Census Bureau (Washington, DC).
I was first contacted to do a phone interview that was relatively easy. We discussed practical matters such as my work history, living location, and transportation. Once I completed that initial contact I was given the location of the first of several trainings for the position. The training in itself served as an interview for the Crew Leaders and Director to analyze the candidates for potential new hires.
- Tell me about yourself. Answer Question
There was not much to negotiate, because the rates were pretty set.
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at US Census Bureau (Suitland, MD).
I applied online. Two months later I received a call to interview. They were flexible for date/time.
I thought the interview went well. It lasted nearly one hour and they loaded me with a lot of information about their operations. The manager said they would send me an e-mail with links so I could "get familiar" with what they do. That all sounded encouraging.
Two weeks went by and I didn't hear anything. I sent a short polite e-mail to the manager for an update. No reply.
The next day I sent an e-mail to the HR rep. Thirty minutes later, the manager gave me a call. They started that they had received my e-mail the day prior, but had not decided on a candidate at that point. They nicely told me that I was not selected.
- If selected for the job, where do you see yourself in one month, six months, and one year after you come on board? Answer Question
Helpful (2)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at US Census Bureau.
Watch for announcement or frequent the web page for exam dates. Take the test to get an interview which is usually over the phone. For the most part these jobs are easy if you have a personality that likes to interact with people of all kinds. I have worked 8 different operations with the census and all of they were enjoyable.
The hours and wages are pre determined so no negotiation involved.
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at US Census Bureau (Miami, FL) in October 2014.
The process too actually get a test date was a few weeks long. Took the test and had an immediate interview. Was told that I should hear back from the Bureau in a few weeks or call we were told at the site that the position only offers 20-30 hours a month, yes month so this is really a part time job.
- Do you have a problem going into some rough neighborhood's 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferEasy Interview
I applied online – interviewed at US Census Bureau.
You had to call the local office and register to take the test. Once you took the test, if you passed, they called you for a phone interview. If you were chosen, they call you with training info. The training was one week, paid, classroom setting at a local church's annex room. The supervisor was great, and chooses a "group leader" at the end of training, to act in their absence. Fellow workers were all very pleasant, and a lot of its forged friendships. Older, younger, unemployed as well as vets and students all worked.
- Are you comfortable going door to door? 1 Answer
No negotiation, flat pay based on region.
Helpful (3)Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 8+ months – interviewed at US Census Bureau.
I applied in August. In December, I received a call for an interview. I interview in January. It was a panel interview with 4 managers. They read 10 questions prepared by HR. The questions were mostly behavioral questions ("Tell us about a time in which you had a difficult time with a co-worker'). No questions about technical skills. If you search for "behavioral interview questions", you'll get a good understanding of the questions they asked.
I was hired in March and started in April. So, the process took 8 months from submitting my application to my first day. Yep.
- There weren't any difficult or unexpected questions. Two of the questions were so similar that I thought they were asking me the same question; one question was so poorly worded that even the panel was confused. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied in-person – interviewed at US Census Bureau (Tucson, AZ).
Elongated hiring process. Resume and application are reviewed, then a screening interview is completed. The interval between application and notification of acceptance/rejection can be long. The testing phase of the interview process is easy, probably at about a 6th grade level for reading and comprehension. Multiple language candidates must demonstrate the ability to read/write the any additional language(s).
- Can you handle rejection? 1 Answer
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