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US Census Bureau Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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Negative Experience

Very Easy Interview

Assistant Manager of Administration Interview

Assistant Manager of Administration

I applied online and the process took 5 months - interviewed at US Census Bureau in July 2010.

Interview Details – Interview was brief, very structured and manipulated by Senior Management to select me over other candidates with Veteran's preference. Interview questions were very basic, review of past employment and accomplishments, why I would be a good fit for the position etc.,

Interview Question – There wasn't one, Manager interviewing me was very specific in what and who he wanted to hire, questions were very much aligned with my background and experience.....in the end, found out the Manager had manipulated the entire Federal Selection System in order to hire me....   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – None, based on flat pay scale for position.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Administrative Assistant Interview

Administrative Assistant
Suitland, MD

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at US Census Bureau in January 2010.

Interview Details – Applied online (usajobs.gov). Filled out a pretty generic questionnaire and submitted a resume Within about two weeks, received a call to drive out for an interview. Interview lasted about 1 hour and was with my future direct supervisor and her supervisor, the department chief. Questions were very typical of an interview, mostly just wanted me to explain my resume and go over computer skills. Received a phone call within a week with a job offer. Overall the process was very quick for a government position. I had applied to other positions before and didn't get called for an interview until 4-5 months later.

Interview Question – All questions were pretty generic, no surprises. There were a few questions about maintaining information security that you might not see in every interview. "What is your experience in keeping confidential information or following a security process?" Something like that.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Offer was fixed, no negotiation. Pay was marked hourly but it was still a 40hr/week job. It was the best offer I had at the time so I took it.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Field Representative Interview

Field Representative
Boulder, CO

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at US Census Bureau in July 2012.

Interview Details – Talk to an HR representative who explains the position and asks about availability. Not many job-related questions. Then sets appointment date for a test that measures basic math, language comprehension, and map-reading. There were about 15 candidates at the test. After passing the test (same day), someone interviews you to see how well you can speak and follow directions. They also ask some personality-type questions.

Interview Question – Very organized group, make sure to have your paperwork in order prior to the test-taking appointment.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation since it's a government job.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Office Automation Clerk Interview

Office Automation Clerk
Charlotte, NC

I applied in-person and the process took 3 days - interviewed at US Census Bureau.

Interview Details – My interview was very simple when I was hired. I was just asked if I wanted a full time job. I said yes. After a background check, I was hired


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Senior Field Representative Interview

Senior Field Representative

I applied through other source and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at US Census Bureau.

Interview Details – Respond to job posting, attend recruitment session where you will take a qualifying test and complete a "structured" Interview. Significant advantage given to veterans. If selected, you must pass a background check. The hiring process is very much numbers-driven. Jobs are now usually posted on USAJOBS.gov.

Interview Question – None of the questions were particularly difficult or unexpected, but since it is a "structured" interview one must respond directly to specific questions of the "Tell me about a time when you were able to change someone's mind" variety. It may be difficult to dredge up a relevant answer on the spot. I am normally an excellent interviewer, but I found this "just the facts, ma'am" approach difficult. I left feeling as if I had blown the interview, but I was later told that it was considered very strong.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation involved, since the government job scale is highly structured.


Accepted Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Enumerator Interview

Enumerator
Huntsville, AL

I applied through other source and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at US Census Bureau in April 2010.

Interview Details – Initially, it begins with a phone call. Then, you're contacted. You go to a testing location. You have to take a basic test which checks your ability to read maps and addresses. You usually find out pretty quickly whether you passed or not.

Interview Question – It was pretty straight forward.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – flat rate


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Quality Control Enumerator Interview

Quality Control Enumerator
Booneville, MS

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at US Census Bureau.

Interview Details – Interview process was simple. It was a phone interview consisting of very simple questions. You have to go to a designated place then to take a test that is just common sense and very simple. You then have to go through training that you are paid for. The people were very friendly, courteous and informative.

Interview Question – There wasn't anything difficult about any of it.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Recruiter Interview

Recruiter

I applied through a recruiter and interviewed at US Census Bureau.

Interview Details – No real interview; everyone applying for any Census job took the same aptitude test. I got a very high score, plus received Veteran's Preference, but didn't hear anything for many months so I forgot about it. Suddenly I received a phone call asking if I was available for 5 days of training the following week. The only other requirement seemed to be the need for a degree, since all Recruiters I worked with had one.

Interview Question – Questions were all multiple-choice, designed to measure math, administrative and map-reading abilities. No real surprises if you're good at these kinds of questions.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Local Census Office Employee Interview

Local Census Office Employee
Harrisburg, PA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at US Census Bureau.

Interview Details – You take a test and the higher you score, the most likely you are to be selected. Veterans with proof of DD-214 are automatically above everyone.

Interview Question – Most of the test questions were very easy and required common sense   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Office Operations Supervisor Interview

Office Operations Supervisor

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

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