US Department of State Interview Questions in Washington, DC

Updated Aug 21, 2014
Updated Aug 21, 2014
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    Logistics Specialist Interview

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

    I applied online - interviewed at US Department of State in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    Once your resume passed the USA job process, you are referred, than called for an interview and possible written testing. Priority is given to certain candidates categories, if you are not a vet, you will need to wait for a long time if your application is submitted to the hiring manager.

    Interview Questions
    • Scenario questions, nothing different than what you would expect for this position   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No room for negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Information Management Specialist Interview

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

    I applied online - interviewed at US Department of State in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    Lengthy interview and they dont get to tell you where you went wrong. Funny that they decide a pass or fail, and just hand you a letter....worst kind of interview.

    Interview Questions
    • They asked me why I wanted the job and why I feel suited for the position. I wouldn't want the job if I had not taken the time to avail myself for the interview!!   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Chief Engineer Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 8 months - interviewed at US Department of State in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    Must be a veteran! Otherwise you won't be considered for employment. The "cert" requires you to have been a veteran. Ten points guarantees you a job, having served in a war zone.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Consular Adjudicator Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 11 months - interviewed at US Department of State in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    I found a position on USAJOBS.gov. I applied, passed an initial stage, and then passed an initial language stage. Afterwards, I was told to prepare the e-QIP security clearance application and flew to Washington DC for an interview. The entire process took 6 months.

    The interview actually takes up about an entire day. The morning section consisted of tests, then a formal interview. Once I got the results, I came in for the afternoon for the language test. After I passed that section, I had to complete the rest of the security protocols.

    Interview Questions
    • Most questions revolve around the skillset that the position required. There were no out-of-the-blue questions.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation phase as I was only offered a conditional offer. A complete offer was only after a successful security clearance and suitability phase which I did not pass.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6.  

    IT Specialist 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 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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Contract Specialist Interview

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

    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 Questions
    Negotiation Details
    It depends on your education and experience. Salary is not negotiated. There is a GS pay scale that employees fall into.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    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 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 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
  9. 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 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Foreign Affairs Officer Interview

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

    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 Questions
    • 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).
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern 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 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 Questions
    • Provide a summary of a recent research topic you have worked on.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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