I applied online and the process took 6 months - interviewed at US Department of State in September 2011.
Interview Details – Visit USAGov site to determine if there are any openings. If so, the job seeker will need to submit an online application. If the application is approved, the job seeker will be invited for a comprehensive test/interview. If all goes well, a security background investigation and medical physical will also be required before any formal job offer is made
Interview Question – The questions range from: history, politics, current events, to situational scenarios where the applicant is given the opportunity to explain how they reacted to certain events. Scenarios may be driven by the specialty desired or general experience. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Very automated (with set parameters) and based on one's experience level.
I applied online - interviewed at US Department of State in March 2012.
Interview Details – Apply through USA Jobs. Phone Interview and possible face-to-face interview.
Interview Question – Subject specific. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – It depends on your education and experience. Salary is not negotiated. There is a GS pay scale that employees fall into.
I applied through other source and the process took 8 months - interviewed 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 Question – Questions were all pretty expected - most had to do with my graduate research. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Non-negotiable (defined by PMF program)
I applied online and 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 Question – 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.
I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at US Department of State in November 2012.
Interview Details – I was a Presidential Management Fellowship Finalist and competed with other Finalists for this job. I was recruited directly by the agency.
Interview Question – Describe you experience planning events and working with difficult people. View Answer
Negotiation Details – As a PMF, the program is highly regulated and base salary is set for you (no wiggle room).
I applied online and the process took 5 months - interviewed at US Department of State in April 2013.
Interview Details – Applied through USAjobs. Received a request for phone interview from the office a few months later. No in person interview occurred, although it is possible this varies depending on your previous background.
Interview Question – Provide a summary of a recent research topic you have worked on. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 6 months - interviewed at US Department of State in May 2009.
Interview Details – Apply online, electronic resume analysis, selection, interview/exam, selection.
Interview Question – Questions outside of area of expertise View Answer
Negotiation Details – None
Very Difficult Interview
I applied through other source and 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 Question – 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
I applied online and the process took 6 months - interviewed at US Department of State in December 2010.
Interview Details – Internship interviews are very generic. More informational in nature. I've had two internship experiences and both calls are impromptu, with individuals from your potential office briefly discussing the basic functions of their particular office and asking questions pertaining to your functional understanding of the work.
Interview Question – One of my internships was in the Arms Control Bureau - my interviewer asked me a specific question pertaining an on-going treaty negotiation and if I had an idea of which particular country on the delegation was stalling negotiation efforts. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Be familiar with the bureaus/consulates that you've selected in your internship application! Both calls for me were unscheduled, so I had no time to prep for the specific office that I spoke with. Having a general understanding of the bureau is typically plenty to get you by.
I applied online and the process took 6 months - interviewed at US Department of State in March 2013.
Interview Details – Completed written test, passed the personal narratives, and was invited to the full-day oral assessments (OA). OA was a true experience that cannot be replicated outside of the testing environment.
Interview Question – Typical behavior based interview questions for the SI portion. The Group Exercise was challenging due to the limited time and cramped spaces to work. Answer Question
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