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Foreign Service Officer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Interview Details

I was selected as a Pickering Fellow and was not required to take the exams until after I entered the service. It took me three tries to pass the FSOA. Don't go in thinking it will not be a challenge. Eat a healthy breakfast and get a good nights rest. Probably the most challenging day in your profession.

Interview Questions
  • Unfortunately, I signed a non-disclosure agreement and agreed not to disclose.   Answer Question
Negotiation Details
No negotiation, they calculate your experience by what you put on your resume. Be exact and include volunteer experience!
Accepted Offer

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    Foreign Service Officer Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 4 months - interviewed at US Department of State.

    Interview Details

    A cumbersome process in the 1990s-2000s, involving written exams at testing centers - now all online. The key is the oral interview. The key to being successful at the oral interview is to show that you can work in a group setting to accomplish a shared objective. Do not try to 'win', or you will lose. Find consensus.

    Interview Questions
    • What is a tense situation that you managed to overcome in a work environment and how?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    As a government, there is little room for negotiation, but there is some (salary - based on experience). Take advantage of it because once you join it becomes very rigid.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Foreign Service Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    It's a test -- and it's changed since I've come in, so I can't give much info.

    Interview Questions
    • The interview questions are easy if you aren't an idiot.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    None
    Accepted Offer
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Foreign Service Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 10 months - interviewed at US Department of State in June 2013.

    Interview Details

    All day assessment meant to be a challenge. Group exercise was straight forward but had people who were unyielding--I failed. Case management was just like one from packet--long with a twist towards the end--I passed. Interview is straight forward exactly and I mean exactly what the packet says is going to happen

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Foreign Service Officer Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 6 months - interviewed at US Department of State in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    First took the computer based "written" test, which was three sections of multiple choice and a writing section. Second, submitted 6 personal narrative questions that pertained to leadership, initiative, and other desirable qualities. Final round is a day-long interview consisting of an interview, memo-writing, and a group session where you, along with a handful of other applicants, discuss the merits of a particular project while the interviewers monitor you.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Foreign Service Officer Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 12 months - interviewed at US Department of State in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    Online application followed by sitting for the Foreign Service Test. The test is a comprehensive test that tests everything from US Political and Government history to Logic, to Interpersonal Skills. Following the test there are a series of interviews. You have a group interview where you solve problems as if you were in the embassy as well as a personal interview.

    Interview Questions
    • They were all typical questions that you find in an interview.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Foreign Service Officer Interview

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

    The process took a day - interviewed at US Department of State in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    First 1/3 of the day was a group exercise (5 people) where you demonstrated your negotiation, communication, and interpersonal skills; Second 1/3 of the day was a 2 on 1 interview; Last 1/3 of the day was a 90 min. memo-writing exercise.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Foreign Service Officer Interview

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

    I applied through other source. The process took a day - interviewed at US Department of State in December 2009.

    Interview Details

    The hiring process is driven by a series of tests. First is a written test (FSOT), which assesses candidates' general knowledge and communication skills. If successful, the candidate moves on to an Oral Assessment, which consists of a group exercise, a written case study, and a structured interview, Finally, the successful candidate is subjected to a suitability review, a health clearance, and a security clearance. Candidates are given offers of employment on a space-available basis, with those with the highest scores in the Oral Assessment reviving preference.

    Interview Questions
    • Hypothetical questions concerning difficult situations that might occur at a U.S. Embassy require candidates to express good judgement while thinking on their feet.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Foreign Service Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 9 months - interviewed at US Department of State in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    Started with written exam, followed by submission of 6 short essays. Once invited to the Oral Assessment portion of the interview, look forward to a structured group exercise, a one on one (or one on two) interview, and a case management exercise. It's a full day, and it's quite daunting.

    Interview Questions
    • Cannot answer this because of non disclosure agreement.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Foreign Service Officer Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 5 months - interviewed at US Department of State in June 2009.

    Interview Details

    Lots of post on Oral Assesment elsewhere. It consists of a group excercise, a one on one interview, and a written assignment.
    -The group assignment involves 4-6 people with ~4 assessors (sp?) sitting around the outside of the room. You are given a scenario and need to advocate for your project and then work towards a compromise.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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