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Updated Jul 22, 2014
Updated Jul 22, 2014
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Intern Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at US Department of Justice in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    A small panel that works at the DoJ Criminal Division, Office of International Affairs conducted a phone interview. The process was fairly simple, they asked me a few questions like why I was interested with their department, what are my future plans, my prior work experience, etc... Then they said they would e-mail me the following week about whether I got the internship or not.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing unexpected-- they asked my strengths and weaknesses, my work experience, my goals, etc...   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Paralegal Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 5+ monthsinterviewed at US Department of Justice.

    Interview Details

    Applied on USA Jobs. I had the screening interview (with two supervisors) a month later, and a callback (with one senior attorney) a few weeks thereafter. After I accepted the offer, I went through an extensive two-month background check that included in-person interviews and a drug test. I actually started about five months after initially applying. Communication was sparse ( heard from someone maybe once a week) throughout the process.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell us about a difficult experience and how you handled yourself.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    It's the government, so there wasn't much to negotiate beyond the initial grade level.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Trial Attorney Interview

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

    I applied in-person. The process took a weekinterviewed at US Department of Justice in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    I interviewed for a differnent position at the Dept of Justice. There is a fair amount of jumping from job to job inside the Department. In the private sector, these types of lateral moves are often informal and quick. In the governement, they usually take on a more formal panel interview style as if you are interviewing for a different employer. WIth the limited outside hiring do to budget constraints there are even more internal moves these days.

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at US Department of Justice in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    I initially got in touch with the Office of Justice Programs at the Department of Justice through a friend. I emailed the intern coordinator early in the spring on 2011 and asked about the internship program. I sent in a resume and cover letter, and was called to schedule a phone interview shortly after. The interview was relatively brief (about 30 minutes) and asked basic questions about my experiences and how they related to the office I hoped to work in. I was tentatively offered the job about a week later, but then had to go through a several week long background check. Be careful with any job or internship in the justice/intelligence/defense community because the background check can take a while and really hold you up!

    Interview Questions
    • tell me about an experience you have had doing research   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Legal Assistant Interview

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

    The process took 5 daysinterviewed at US Department of Justice in August 2010.

    Interview Details

    Friendly, but the job opening had attracted hundreds of applicants and they went through each submission, so you'd have to be insanely lucky to land anything there at this time.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Summer Law Clerk Interview

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

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at US Department of Justice in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    One phone interview with an alum from my school. Someone else found out about the internship and referred me to him. The conversation was easy and freeflowing. We didn't even really talk much about law, which I think makes sense. 1Ls don't know much. I would have liked to have had a little more information about the position.

    Working at DOJ is worth it even if you aren't getting paid. It opens doors to lots of other opportunities. It is also really great to work with really smart people who are committed to public service.

    The office is super laid back in terms of needing to run personal errands during the day and whatnot, but don't expect to check out at 5pm everyday. People tend to stay late and work pretty hard.

    It's a great substantive experience for someone interested in working for the government.

    I would definitely say try to find a prosecution job here because it's such a unique opportunity.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about how you ended up at law school and why you are applying for this job.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. Offers are fiexed. No pay for summer law clerks unless you do the SLIP program.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Clerk Interview

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

    The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at US Department of Justice in August 2009.

    Interview Details

    Got an email saying they wished to interview me on the phone. Made and appointment. Phone interview was about 30 minutes with all standard questions. About 3 days later got a call saying they wanted to interview me. Interview was about an hour in a conference room at the office. Interview by supervisor and three paralegals. Again standard interview, no suprises.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    N/A
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Paralegal Interview

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

    The process took a dayinterviewed at US Department of Justice in December 2007.

    Interview Details

    You have to first take a test on USAJobs. I was told to interpret all of the questions as broadly as possible. (For example, if you had a lemonade stand as a kid, you can say you have owned a business.) Based on the results, your are assigned a rank compared to other candidates and may be called in for an interview. If you show up for the interview, you basically have the job. If the DOJ does not hire you, it also cannot hire anyone ranked below you. So unless you are at the bottom of the list, even if you give no preparation or thought to the interview, the hiring manager will probably not throw away what could be several other more-qualified candidates lower on the ranking by not giving you an offer.

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

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