US Census Bureau Interview Questions

Updated Sep 12, 2014
Updated Sep 12, 2014
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  1.  

    Enumerator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Princeton, NJ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Princeton, NJ
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. 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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Field Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. 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 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
  3.  

    Crew Leader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Tampa, FL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tampa, FL
    Application Details

    I applied online. 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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Survey Statistician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Suitland, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Suitland, MD
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. 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 Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Census Worker Interview

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

    I applied through other source. 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Economist Interview

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

    I applied online. 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 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.  

    Crew Leader Manager Interview

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

    I applied through other source. The process took a day - interviewed at US Census Bureau in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    Initially there is an asesment test to take where they determine which position you fit based on test score. You can take the test whenever I believe, you just need to figure out when and where to take the test. Then they call you and tell you salary and ask if you want to do it. Then if you say yes they schedule you for training. It takes a few days because you have to go through enumeration training as well. So worth the pay.

    Interview Questions
    • I can't remember because I took the test once and it was 3 years ago. I think there may be practice tests online.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    They offered me $18.50/hr. I did not negotiate, I had never made that much before. And I still have not made close to that since.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at US Census Bureau in September 2009.

    Interview Details

    You have to take a test to get in and the interview is straight forward

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    There wasn't any
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
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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+ weeks - interviewed 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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