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US Census Bureau Interview Questions

Updated Dec 7, 2014
Updated Dec 7, 2014
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    Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – 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 Questions
    • 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
  2.  

    Local Census Office Employee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Harrisburg, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Harrisburg, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • Most of the test questions were very easy and required common sense   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Office Operations Supervisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    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 Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Office Clerk Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Had to take a test and received a call back was offered position.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Field Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Economist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Administrative Clerk Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source – interviewed at US Census Bureau.

    Interview Details

    They ask a set of questions over the phone, and if you are available for the hours, they will hire you. 100% of the time. Easiest interview of your life.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Enumerator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Concord, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Concord, CA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at US Census Bureau.

    Interview Details

    I did not have a traditional job interview. I received a phone call informing me when my job would start and about the training. During this call, I was asked if I was still available to work and willing to work the days and hours available.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Field Operations Supervisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at US Census Bureau.

    Interview Details

    First you take one exam to become a regular census worker. If you score very well, you are invited to take a supervisor exam. You then come in for an interview and are asked some basic questions about your resume. Nothing technical or difficult.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Field Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Springdale, AR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Springdale, AR
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at US Census Bureau in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    1.simple word problem test (only question i missed would have got, if I had a ruler
    2. Mock interview (read from a script...articulate, real clearly and don't change words
    3. Interview General...mostly about overcoming difficult people

    Interview Questions
    • Describe something you failed at.....could not overcome or find a solution...how did you deal with it.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

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