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US Department of Defense Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 27, 2014
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Average Interview

Manager Interview

Manager
Washington, DC

I applied online and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at US Department of Defense.

Interview Details – Follow directions from USA Jobs. Sometimes it is hard to tell if an internal candidate has the inside track for the job offering. The hardest part is getting your resume through Personnel...really key in on the job description and get those key words in your education, training, and experience.

Interview Question – It is really hard to tell. Generally will be interviewed by a panel with a set of questions addressed to all being interviewed.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Not much to negotiate, the pay scale is set. You may be able to get a little more if you can prove that your current salary is above their offer.


Accepted Offer

Negative Experience

Difficult Interview

Assistant Professor Interview

Assistant Professor

I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at US Department of Defense.

Interview Details – Telephone, then one in-person interview. Plus background screening

Interview Question – Why would you want to work here when you could make much more money elsewhere?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Lots of untruths. The people who offer you a salary can come back later and say "it didn't get approved". Don't start until you have it in writing. I had it in writing, but they still shaved 4 grand off my signing bonus once I started working.


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Very Easy Interview

Unit Administrator Interview

Unit Administrator
Belleville, IL

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at US Department of Defense in September 2010.

Interview Details – Apply online at USAjobs. Process for a call can be lengthy. If you are in a good professional relationship with the unit commander, you can slide in front of other candidates. A call will be recieved from CPAC which is an informal interview. After the initial CPAC call they will call back with a qualifying offer. The position has 2 grades, GS 5 OR 7. If your resume does not grade out they will offer you the 5 for 12 months. This is negotiable however. Don't let them strong arm you into taking less money for a year. The position does not require any secondary education.

Interview Question – Nothing difficult. Standard fare.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Pretty much taken care of on the position offer call.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Contracting Officer Interview

Contracting Officer

I applied online and the process took 7 months - interviewed at US Department of Defense.

Interview Details – Interview was conducted via teleconference. Questions were fair and nothing tricky.

Interview Question – The interview questions were not terribly difficult to answer as long as you had sufficient contracting background.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There were no negotiations as I was transferring from another location.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Administrative Assistant Interview

Administrative Assistant

I applied online and the process took 9 months - interviewed at US Department of Defense.

Interview Details – I applied for a position that I saw on USAjobs. Now they will take a while getting back with you. They called me 9 months later. I honestly forgot that I applied for the job. I agreed to an interview. A few days later they extended a job offer. Most positions with the government require a security clarence and drug screen. I didn't need either (not that it would have been an issue) but if you have to have or obtain a secret clarence that can hold up your employment a little. Other than being slow it's a pretty smooth hiring process.

Interview Question – Reall kinda hard to answer because it depends on what you are interviewing for. I hate when any employer ask me, "Why should we hire you?"   View Answer

Negotiation Details – There was none really.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Mechanical Engineer - Co-op Student Interview

Mechanical Engineer - Co-op Student
Wpafb, OH

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 months - interviewed at US Department of Defense in October 2010.

Interview Details – Basic questions and not too stressful being for a first-time co-op student position. Internal contact was found through relative and I interviewed and said I would like to get on-board the engineering team there. Process to begin work took a very long time though, having to go through all the paper work process of the government to become a civilian worker.

Interview Question – Cannot recall, I just remember going over my work and schooling history   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation, I just accepted.


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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Senior Human Resources Specialist Interview

Senior Human Resources Specialist
Detroit, MI

I interviewed at US Department of Defense in November 2012.

Interview Details – The interview process was a panel interview. Very easy and easy questions to answer.

Interview Question – Explain a time where you had to go above and beyond the call of duty.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Supervisory Human Resources Specialist Interview

Supervisory Human Resources Specialist

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at US Department of Defense.

Interview Details – Slow to get an offer. Standard panel interview

Negotiation Details – No negotiation necessary


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Electronics Engineer Interview

Electronics Engineer
Tobyhanna, PA

I applied through college or university and the process took 6 days - interviewed at US Department of Defense in May 2010.

Interview Details – Long time and a ton of paperwork, birth certificate, criminal, civil background checks, ask your neighbors questions about your standing in the community...etc

Interview Question – standard question if you saw someone stealing what would you do.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – there wasn't any negotiation phase take the salary or leave it


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Engineering Technician Interview

Engineering Technician

I applied online and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at US Department of Defense.

Interview Details – It was random. I applied online and they just picked some of the names in order to give everyone a fair chance of getting an internship and experience in general. There was no interview process or anything. They just received my resume and transcript.

Interview Question – No questions were asked. No interview was required.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation. The pay is based on how long you have been there and your GPA in college and what your major is.

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