US Department of Defense Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 24, 2014
Updated Aug 24, 2014
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  1.  

    Engineering Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. 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 Questions
    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.
    Accepted Offer
  2.  

    Business Analyst Interview

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

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 2 months - interviewed at US Department of Defense.

    Interview Details

    One interview, super easy, as I was referred. Extensive background check for security clearance and paperwork took several weeks before I was hired. I was given an offer letter, (which the contract agency adjusted downwards a year later in violation of the law) but then how to fill out an in-depth form for the clearance / background check.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions were a breeze. There was no vetting at all in that regard.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    The contract agencies have some leeway in what they can offer, despite their pleas of poverty. They are making 200-300% or more off your work, so get a fair price if they want you, especially as their benefits are a joke for the most part. This goes for practically all agencies at DMDC except perhaps for HP.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Human Resources Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - interviewed at US Department of Defense.

    Interview Details

    Being a Veteran has allowed for easier entrance into the GS System

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Very little room to negotiate because I was already in the federal government system.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Program Manager Interview

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

    I interviewed online - interviewed at US Department of Defense in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    For jobs open externally, candidates apply via USAJobs or via the agency web site. Jobs are announced for two weeks and it usually takes two to three weeks for HR to forward eligible candidates to the hiring manager. HR screening is minimal and it is not unusual for all candidates to be forwarded regardless of eligibility. In addition, hiring managers will also get resumes of those who HR deemed not eligible. This allows the hiring manager, to determine if any candidate not deemed eligible should be added to the eligible list. The hiring manager must get HR approval to move a candidate from the ineligible list to the eligible. This is important since only candidates on the eligible list can be selected. My experience as a hiring manager has been HR will usually defer to the hiring manager. ALL eligible applications are reviewed and scored. Company guidelines strongly recommend applications be reviewed by a diverse panel, most hiring managers do this. A diverse panel is one composed of a female and minority rep. They cannot be the same person. Panels are usually composed of four people but can be as small as two. As long as it meets the diversity requirement. I know, I know! How diverse can a panel with only a female and minority be! All female panels also meet the criteria as long as one is a minority. There have been complaints about this so most hiring manager try to form truly diverse panels, including someone from outside their career field but has a relationship with the group. All applicants are reviewed based on the same set of criteria. Criteria is usually based on the job description, additional duties, mandatory and desired requirements section of the job announcement. Tailor your resume to these!!! Hiring managers with input from the panel determine a "best qualified" list. This is the list of candidates who move on to be interviewed. Interviews are not mandatory but strongly recommended. Most hiring managers will interview candidates. Hiring managers like to interview at least four candidates, no more than six. However, there are always exceptions depending on the situation. After the interview candidates are ranked and discussed by the panel, which is chaired by the hiring manager (usually called the Selection Authority). Sometimes a number one ranked candidate may not be selected. As long as the hiring manager can justify this, it's not a problem. For example, Bob is the number one candidate but panel members have first hand knowledge he is not a team player and often is abrasive. Collaboration and teaming is critical to the position. Bill was ranked number two, his score was only marginally lower than Bob's. Bill is know for building teams, forging relationships, tact and diplomacy. Bill is recommended for the position. This recommendation goes forward to the Approving Official. If the panel has done its job and followed the HR guidelines, this is usually straightforward and quick - that is, once the Approving Official gets the package in front of him/her. For external candidates, if selected they will be called by HR and made an offer. Salary negotiations are through HR, but HR typically serves as the liaison between the hiring manager and candidate. At my agency, efficiencies were put in place and this process can be as quick as six weeks, including the time for posting the application. I believe internal applicants can check the status of their applications. Not sure about external applicants. The hiring manager calls all interviewees after a selection is made and often offers feedback. Feedback is always to be provided if requested. All other candidates are notified by HR after an offer is accepted. Panels usually pick an alternative in the event their first choice declines. This avoids repeating the process.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a time you failed professionally, what lessons did you learn and how did you apply them to future efforts?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    It was a lateral move, no bump in salary.
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Science Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed through other source. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at US Department of Defense.

    Interview Details

    The hiring process was first a call from the Deputy Director to state that they are interested in interviewing you. Then the management admin. arranged all the details. The interview process consisted of a five person panel of current employees, who would be your colleagues, if you accepted employment and then a two person interview by management.

    Interview Questions
    • I really can't remember the most difficult or unexpected questions. The questions were all pretty much the typical interview questions (e.g. where do you see yourself in 5 years, etc.)?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I was able to negotiate, but I should have negotiated for more.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
  7.  

    Operations Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Suffolk, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Suffolk, VA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 6 months - interviewed at US Department of Defense.

    Interview Details

    The interview was a good opportunity to share my experience and get to know some of those I would be working with. I feel that I had an excellent opportunity to show the panel what I was like and I was able to expand on what was in my resume. The hiring process was pathetic, however. It was 6 months from the time of the interview until my start date.

    Interview Questions
    • What is the last book you read and what did you learn from it?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Cyber Operations Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a recruiter. The process took 2 months - interviewed at US Department of Defense in January 2013.

    Interview Details

    Resume was submitted to Recruiter for review. Internal review of resume was done and an interview was set up. Meet team and was asked cyber related questions by multiple people as they reviewed my resume.Total process took 2 months.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    There was not one as the salary is set
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Material Handler Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - interviewed at US Department of Defense in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    A little complicated filling out paper work on line. Reading between te lines is tough.

    Interview Questions
    • At my interview all I did was read from a sheet of paper about the job description and asked if I would be able to do the job.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    there was no negotiating . It is the DOD
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Medical Support Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Killeen, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Killeen, TX
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 3 days - interviewed at US Department of Defense in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    I had a telephone interview and was given the job a few days after the interview.

    Interview Questions
    • I do not remember the specifics of the questions. I remember being asked about my job skills   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Logistician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a recruiter. The process took 6 months - interviewed at US Department of Defense.

    Interview Details

    Nothing out of the ordinary that you would have any where else. Just be you and you should have no problems unless you have a disability that really can not be overlooked.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer

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