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Financial Management Officer Interview

Financial Management Officer
Washington, DC

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at US Department of State in March 2009.

Interview Details – 1) Submit a very involved application on line
2) Called in for oral interview with 2 individuals who are HR people and therefore, know nothing about what the job actually entails. They read from a script.
3) If you pass, you then go through a year long medical and security background check
4) If you pass those, you are put in a roster.
5) If there is an opening and if there is no one ahead of you in the roster, you get a call. The rankings in the roster is dependent on how well you did in the oral interview. Once you're on the roster, the call can take up to 2 years, but is typically between a year to two.
6) I believe you are dropped from the roster if you're not called after 3 years. After all the tax payer's expense in running your security background check and medical exam, it is a tremendous waste.

Interview Question – How would you save money if the Ambassador said the Embassy needs to cut 10% off the budget?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – None. There is a very fixed schedule (table) based on your work experience and education and there is no room for negotiation.

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