US Department of State Interview Questions

Updated Sep 23, 2014
Updated Sep 23, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 Affairs Officer Interview

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

    I applied through other source. The process took 8+ monthsinterviewed at US Department of State.

    Interview Details

    Interviewed through PMF program process. Interview was with three members of the hiring office and questions were a mix of testing technical knowledge and gauging my ability to fit in with the rest of the team. Questions were not particularly difficult, and it seemed like a premium was put on my fit with the "office culture".

    Hiring was a PAIN. I was offered the job in June, and didn't start until the following February due to background investigation and a candidate with veteran's preference challenging my hiring. If you are trying to get hired for a job with a TS clearance, you may be waiting a long time. Process was also very opaque - they were really not able or willing to tell me anything other than "wait a bit longer, we will definitely bring you on, just be patient". To their credit, they did come through in the end.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions were all pretty expected - most had to do with my graduate research.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Non-negotiable (defined by PMF program)
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at US Department of State.

    Interview Details

    I initially filled out the online application. I was later contacted by a bureau coordinator and did a phone interview. She asked me about my strengths, weaknesses and why I wanted to work at State. Nothing out of the ordinary

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
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    Information Technology Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at US Department of State.

    Interview Details

    USA Jobs is the only process for all federal employment. You must make the cert by being evaluated as the top candidate from all of the other submissions in order for your information to passed on to the next phase and finally the hiring manager.

    Negotiation Details
    Dependent on your hiring manager and their ability to negotiate with HR on your behalf.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Applied online, you can track your progress and see how far you go into the process.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  7. 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 online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Public Affairs Officer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    interviewed at US Department of State in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    Applied online through USA Jobs website and was contacted via email by the post after about a month. The interview process was quite easy and mostly had questions regarding my availability and previous experience. I was able to ask many questions about what type of work I would be doing.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at US Department of State.

    Interview Details

    The Hiring process was quick. However, the security clearance took awhile.

    Interview Questions
    • No difficult or unexpected question. They all pertained to the position and my availability.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Long application process, but no interview required. My references weren't contacted either. I don't know if this is typical for the State Department or specific to my bureau, but I submitted my application at the beginning of November and had an internship offer by mid-December.

    Accepted Offer
  11. 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

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