Very Difficult Interview
I applied through other source and the process took 2 days - interviewed at US Department of Defense in May 2012.
Interview Details – Behavioral interview by panel of three senior managers. Always wanted examples of projects completed and results of work. Managers passed recommendations on three candidates on to selecting executive. Focus on ability to communicate complex concepts to clients, leading teams, and building relationships across working groups. Interviewers were supportive, posed appropriate follow-on questions, and kept the session comfortable and professional, non-adversarial. Only drawback in process is long delay in final selection, over 60 days to receive an offer.
Interview Question – Describe a time when you had to convince senior leaders to change a decision or perception. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Negotiated salary (Step within Pay Grade), within limits of federal pay scale. Negotiated hiring bonus. Other benefits not negotiable by law. Many assume salary cannot be negotiated for federal positions, and miss the opportunity. This puts them behind in the long term, as advancement is periodic, not performance based.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at US Department of Defense in February 2012.
Interview Details – I received an email to set up the date of the interview from a series of possible days. The interview was arranged for a month later. I was interviewed in a hotel room by three managers at the organization. I had prepared for behavioral questions typically asked of recent graduates, such as "how do you work as a member of a team" and "what is your greatest weakness." The questions, delivered by a stoney-faced higher-up who never smiled, were about international relations and current events. I would recommend for people who interview to prep by staying abreast of the news and foreign policy, and to focus on up to three issues that you'll be able to speak about in-depth. If you can speak intelligently on foreign affairs, or at least demonstrate logic in your thought, you should be fine. Don't be worried that there are three people sitting around you, or that some of them look unhappy and unimpressed. That's just the nature of the people you'll be dealing with!
Interview Question – Pretend I'm the President and I am relying on you for information regarding any issue of your choice. Brief me. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There was no room for negotiation.
Very Easy Interview
The process took 12 months - interviewed at US Department of Defense in January 2012.
Interview Details – I was poached, so the interview process was minimal and easy
Negotiation Details – long and drawn out since the gov't had difficulty hiring anyone
I applied online and the process took 8 months - interviewed at US Department of Defense in January 2012.
Interview Details – This was the worst experience i had , had to go trough so many interviews and process and there are so many restrictions. It's better to apply for any regular job instead of this. The amount of hassle and tress you dont need it just forget about DOD unless your born here and stuff it will be easier.
I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at US Department of Defense in July 2011.
Interview Details – it took weeks for my resume to wind its way through CPAC (Civilian Personnel). Once the interview date was set, it took about 15 min. in front of a casual panel. Then more waiting until CPAC called to offer the job.
Interview Question – What type of work atmosphere are you looking for? Answer Question
The process took a day - interviewed at US Department of Defense in April 2011.
Interview Details – The initial communication was from the HR department saying that I was selected for an interview and I would be contacted. Due to the distance I was away from the location a phone interview was set up, when I called I was told all the people on the panel (3 total) and after a brief introduction they stated with questions. The format was a behavioral based interview where there are few questions but answers are given in stories of past accomplishments.
Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation as I was already a federal employee.
The process took 2 days - interviewed at US Department of Defense in December 2010.
Interview Details – They only check your resume and grades for entry level positions. The ability to handle the work and your inspirations. Basically you have to show yourself as a very nice and cool person. Smile, it does help a lot. Show that you are productive and you are also a good friend. Feds want normal people who can achive results.
Interview Question – they were all easy, they were looking for a new guy with good grades, responsible,cool, and definetly, NO criminal recors at all. View Answer
Negotiation Details – that is very hard for entry levels, however they are flexible if you have experience, and if you know somebody from the inside.
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at US Department of Defense in October 2010.
Interview Details – Applied online...screened through candidates...and then one on one process
Interview Question – Experience with difficult mangement and customers. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Better Opportunity/Promotion in current job
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at US Department of Defense in September 2010.
Interview Details –
I applied for the job online through USAJobs.com. I was looking to relocate from VA to CA. As is usual with the government, there is a long lag between the time you apply and the time you are notified for an interview. I was contacted at work by the hiring supervisor to set up the interview.
My interview was on the phone with a panel of 5. Only 2 of which asked questions; one of which was the SME. I was asked at length about contracts, cost analysis, and Earned Value Management.
A few weeks later I was contacted via e-mail with an offer. Over all from applying for the job to accepting the job it was about 8 months. There was only one interview. My advice is that you read the job announcement, understand the expected duties, and do research about the agency. Remind yourself of two things:
1. You don't have to know everything they are asking about. Most companies are looking for trainable employees with good work ethics.
2. It's ok to talk highly of yourself but be able to back it up with facts and actions.
Interview Question – Do you have experience with earned Value Management (EVM)? View Answer
The process took a day - interviewed at US Department of Defense in August 2010.
Interview Details – A friend of mine dropped my resume off to someone already working with the particular legal group I wanted to join. They were hiring. Once I learned to whom he forwarded my resume, which was key, I then made it a point to periodically stay in touch with this individual until I was scheduled for an interview. It took a while for that to happen. That person (admin) seemed a little slow moving in pushing my resume forward for an interview. But once it was, I was scheduled for an interview. I met with the leader of the legal group and one of his peers. They took turns asking me about my legal experience and the standard range and kind of interview questions. I received an offer a couple of weeks later. But the whole hiring/interview process took about, I'd say, 3-4 months total, from when I forwarded my resume until I got an offer. It required completing one federal government form after another. By the time I filled all of those out, I felt like I had earned the job in a way - it required so much followthrough in completing those materials.
Negotiation Details – As far as the negotiations, they asked me what I was currently making, then matched it and added 3%. That was how it went. And there didn't seem to be much wiggle room otherwise, although I tried and was just told they couldn't go any higher. Don't know if I could have negotiated for more if I tried. Likely not, since the competition to get the job was somewhat competitive.
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