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Updated Nov 19, 2014
Updated Nov 19, 2014
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    Supervisor, GS-13 Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at US Census Bureau.

    Interview Details

    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.

    Interview Questions
    • 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
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mathematical Statistician Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at US Census Bureau in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    I submitted my resume online through usajobs.gov. It took several months (I think 5) but the hiring manager eventually called me. We had a very informal and casual phone interview and she said that the secretary would call to set up an interview. We set the interview for 2 weeks away and they paid to fly me from Savannah, GA to DC for that interview. The interview was actually a series of interviews and lasted from about 7:30 am until 4:00 pm with a lunch hour in there. Everyone was very nice and spent the majority of our interview time talking about life at the bureau. Most questions were about classes I had taken and programming experience. I got a phone call with my offer about 2 weeks later.

    Interview Questions
    • I got asked some specific questions about SAS and I kind of froze.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    There really isn't much of a negotiation for Government Salaries unless you already have experience.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Survey Statistician Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at US Census Bureau in August 2012.

    Interview Details

    Applied online to pool in June. Called to schedule in person interview in August the following week. 5 person panel interview. All behavior questions. Apx. 1hr . Email response 2nd week of September.

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Mathematical Statistician Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 9+ monthsinterviewed at US Census Bureau in March 2012.

    Interview Details

    As with any government position, it took an amazingly long amount of time between applying for the position and getting called in for an interview. They put me up in a hotel and paid for everything.

    On the day of the interview, my contact brought me upstairs and dropped me off with a higher-up for a quick interview. Then I interviewed with my contact and a supervisee. I did this process three more times in three branches (a total of five or six interviews for the day). I had started at 8:00AM and was out by 2:00PM.

    All of the interviewers asked very similar questions: coursework, ability to work in groups, statistical computing experience, major projects, and the like.

    Somewhere between four and five months later (remember: government) I heard back with a job offer. They paid for the entirety of my move and travel expenses. Other than the amount of time it took to make it through the entire process, it was fairly painless, and the people here are great. They are knowledgeable, helpful, and fun.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Mathematical Statistician Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at US Census Bureau in July 2011.

    Interview Details

    This interview was for a GS-1529 (Mathematical Statistician) position at Grade 9, Step 1. I submitted a formatted federal resume on USAJobs.gov in response to a listing, and was contacted by e-mail a few weeks later.

    My interview day consisted of three one on one interviews with branch chiefs (managers of approximately 5 to 15 people) among three different divisions of the Bureau, though I later learned that anywhere between three and six interviews is considered normal. Any of your interviewing managers may offer you a position with their branch, but you are most likely to receive an offer from the manager who initiated your interview process (normally the one who first contacts you to setup the interview). All of my interviews were casual, with no questions to evaluate my qualifications and only very friendly questions about my interests and plans. My advice for the interview would be to relax and demonstrate that you are easy to get along and work with.

    Regarding the office & culture, my impression is that they parallel closely the interview process. There are a great many people, but the atmosphere is casual (jeans and polos were common at one end of the spectrum, though suit & tie was also a well represented set).

    I received an offer from my initiating manager after about two weeks (quite fast for the federal government, really).

    Interview Questions
    • Where do you plan to be in five years?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    The offer included a 20% signing bonus with a one year contract. I attempted to negotiate a higher starting step (i.e. pay level) with the HR rep who delivered the offer, but didn't make any headway against the "This is the official pay rate for someone with your qualifications" response. I've since learned that up to a 25% signing bonus can be offered, so I'd encourage you to try that if your base salary negotiation goes the way mine did.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Mathematical Statistician Interview

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

    I applied through other source. The process took 5+ weeksinterviewed at US Census Bureau in July 2010.

    Interview Details

    It was very smooth as they found my resume in the database. I had applied to another position in the same company. The recruitment could have been as little as three weeks, but I was working elsewhere. I received the offer within 40 days. I had one week to respond.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I was not able to negotiate as it is a government position. My employers suggested that I try it with human resource by showing my current salary. So you may want to try it as well.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    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+ monthsinterviewed 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
  9.  

    Administrative Assistant Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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
  10.  

    Intern Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at US Census Bureau in April 2009.

    Interview Details

    Applied, was accepted instantly, got a single phone call and answered a couple of simple questions on HTML. Overall it couldn't have been more than 30 minutes long and let to an immediate offer which I then proceeded to accept, since this was the only place I applied to that summer.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation phase, standard GS-2.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  11.  

    Cartographer Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at US Census Bureau in March 2009.

    Interview Details

    I obtained an interview by signing up using my university's on campus interview service. First interview was behavioral questions and filling out forms to obtain certification that I met the job qualifications. There were five questions and the interview lasted an hour. A great deal of the interview was explaining the benefits of working for the federal government and general info about what the Census Bureau does. No positions were open for my expertise so interviewer directed me to check out their website for future openings.

    Interview Questions
    • What are three qualities of leadership?   View Answer
    • Describe a time you failed and how you dealt with it   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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