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Updated Feb 4, 2015
Updated Feb 4, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

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

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  2. 2 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 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
  3. 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
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  5. 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
  6. 2 people 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
  7. 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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    IT Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at US Department of State in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    There are a ton of ways to enter in to Department of State.

    Negotiation Details
    It was Federal interview process with a guaranteed placement.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Special Agent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a year or moreinterviewed at US Department of State.

    Interview Details

    a series of tests and interviews to assess skills, personality and suitability.

    Negotiation Details
    this is a govenrment job, no negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Special Agent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 12+ monthsinterviewed at US Department of State in July 2013.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was very interesting. I had to travel to Washington DC on my own dime, find my own lodging, etc. The interview itself consisted of 4 phases that take about 3-4 hours to complete. I cannot go into detail (they make you sign a paper saying that you cannot disclose this type of information) but I can say that the interview was pretty free flowing. By that, I mean that there was little time of rest in between phases. You will have to explain your experience, verbally and on paper, you will get cross checked, you will be asked about international relations, foreign policy and current events, and you will be asked about security matters. The hardest part, beside the interview itself is the written test that you have to complete. You have 45 minutes to complete a 5 paragraph essay based on the information that the provide you with. It has to be official and relevant to the scenario that's been given to you. Written competency has to be sharp because of the time limit. Overall, it was a great experience.

    Interview Questions
    • I cannot disclose that information, but I can say that your knowledge of government operations, functions and international relations as well as security operations, and integrating all of these will be required.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    It was a conditional offer of employment based on my background investigation. If everything clears, then you get put on a waiting list called the register with a ranking, based on that ranking you will get assigned to a Special Agent class.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Foreign Affairs Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Very based on who you know and on getting referred by an insider.

    Interview Questions
    • "Imagine you arrive at the office and learn of a major natural disaster, refugees are crossing international borders, people are dying, etc., etc. - what do you do?"   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation at all. It was a take it or leave it offer, with the HR person stating out loud that he has a stack of 500 other qualified people he can call next if I don't like the offered salary.
    Accepted Offer

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