US Department of Veterans Affairs Contract Specialist Interview Questions

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Contract Specialist Interview

Anonymous Employee
No Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied online – interviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs in May 2014.

Interview

I Applied on USAJOBS website on April 7, 2014. I received a telephone call to schedule a phone interview on April 30th. The phone call was followed by an email with the interview instructions. My interview was held on May 5. The email also requested that I submit a list of professional references.

Interview Questions

  • Describe a major change you experienced. How did you adapt to the change and what was the final outcome?   1 Answer

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    Contract Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Indianapolis, IN
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs (Indianapolis, IN) in December 2013.

    Interview

    First interview with supervisor of area where I will work (Monday). A second interview with deputy director (Friday of same week). Each interview was an hour. Tentative offer via phone from HR (following Monday), Tentative offer in writing via email (Thursday). Given one day to complete and return a small amount of forms (Friday). I am awaiting a firm offer. I have never in my 25 years of Government service been exposed to a hiring process this expedited. Very impressive.

    Interview Questions

    • Explain how you handled a situation where you dealt with a difficult employee or customer. Describe the nature of the problem, the outcome, and why and how you chose the method of resolution to deal with the issue.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    There is very little, if any, negotiation with the Federal Government.

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    Contract Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs (Los Angeles, CA).

    Interview

    Interview in federal building. Structured interview with 7 PBI questions. They wanted examples of past work and background of written communication, oral communication, biggest success, biggest challenge, how you deal with irate customers and clients, greatest weakness and why you want to work there. Interview panel was 2 types 1) overworked and 2) bored.

    Interview Questions

    • "Give us an example of a time when you spoke effectively in public."   Answer Question
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    Contract Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Frederick, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs (Frederick, MD) in August 2008.

    Interview

    Interviewed with a panel of three managers. The interview was very relaxed. It was over the phone as I lived across the country at the time. I prepared for the interview by writing out potential questions and answers, which really helped.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work with the VA?   Answer Question
    • How do you typically handle agressive or offensive personalities in the workplace?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I did not do much negotiation; although I did ask, during the interview, what my chances of being offerred the job were. I was virtually guaranteed an offer, contingent on HR background check.

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    Contract Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    Very redundant. Submitted same forms over and over again. Too many hands in the pot. Didn't seem to be great communication between program office, HR and payroll. Will listen to my instincts next time.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    What were you able to negotiate? What advice would you give others considering an offer?

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    Contract Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    Submitted application - waited 8 months, selected for a phone interview, called in to interview. Waited one month for decision. Offered the position.

    Interview Questions

    • How can you raise the value of the department?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Not much room to negotiate - set pay levels for GS.

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