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Accepted Offer – Reviewed May 9, 2013 New
Interview Details – Applied online at usajobs. Received a call from HR a month later to schedule an interview. Panel phone interview with 4 nurse managers from different units. The performance based interview questions were used. Nothing surprised me, most of the questions asked were sample questions from the VA website so I had answers already prepared. They said they can't give offers over the phone and we would hear something from HR 2-3 weeks once all the interviews were done. I called HR after 2 weeks and she said that they are still conducting interviews so maybe I'll hear something next week.
Interview Question – I did have to rate myself on a scale from 1-10 on skills. Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Reviewed May 8, 2013 New
Interview Details – performance based interview
Interview Question – Why don't you want to work somewhere else? Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Reviewed May 1, 2013
Interview Details – Applied online;
Interview Question – a virtual panel interview was very difficult because you are speaking to 3 people on the phone, and cannot read their expressions as you provide an answer. All the questions are scripted, and are multipart, so it's difficult to know if you said enough (or too much) on a specific question. (i.e. Tell us about a time you handled a difficult customer or co-worker. How did you handle that situation, and what was the outcome?) Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation. If my former salary had been higher than the offered salary, I could have requested to be placed in the step that was closest to my former salary. I was told that upfront when the offer was made. I would have been asked to submit proof of that former salary.
Accepted Offer – Reviewed Apr 15, 2013
Interview Details – I was brought in for a general interview. I was given a tour of the facilities and introduced to the members of the staff. After the tour of the operatories, radiograph room, oral surgery rooms, dispensary, and front desk I was seated in the general conference room. I eventually was interviewed by a panel of the director, oral surgeon, and the head dentist.
Interview Question – Explain why you want to do a residency at the VA Answer Question
No Offer – Interviewed in West Los Angeles, CA Apr 2013 – Reviewed Apr 3, 2013
Interview Details –
Applied online, interviewed in less than 1 week. Interview questions were in 4 categories:
1. Conflict Management/Communications: Tell us about a difficult situation that you have encountered with your past experience & how you handled it? 2.Skills/Abilities: Based on your past experience, what was your greatest achievement or what is your greatest asset that would benefit our organization? 3.Personal Skills:What have you done in the past to help contribute to a "teamwork environment"? 4.Priortizing: you are caring for 3 patients who are all calling for assistance at the same time. 1 patient is complaining of abdominal pain, one has shortness of breath, and one is clutching his chest. Who do you go to first & why?
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No Offer – Reviewed Apr 4, 2013
Interview Details – Interview consisted of around 20 behavioral based questions. The interviewers explained to me that they were the same questions being asked of all the candidates. I now know this to be true after being asked to sit in on another interview later in my time at the VA. The candidates are rated on the questions based on a scale from 1 to 5. The candidates with the highest scores are then selected to considered for the position.
Interview Question – Anything that has a followup of what would you do differently. Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Feb 2013 – Reviewed Feb 10, 2013
Interview Details – Applied online and received a call approximately one month later for a telephone interview. Was called two days later to schedule a face-to-face interview.
Interview Question – Tell me when someone had to come to you for your expertise Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Topeka, KS Sep 2011 – Reviewed Dec 24, 2012
Interview Details – Like all Federal positions, applicants must apply through USAJOBS. The Human Resources department supporting the Selecting Official will rate all applicants that applied for that specific position. Ratings are Not Qualified, Qualified, or Best Qualified. Typically, only the resumes of those appicants rated Best Qualified are forwarded to the Selecting Official for review and interview. The second step was a phone interview, followed by an in-person interview less than 30 minute duration.
Interview Question – Managing Call Center environments are a balancing between sponsor (taxpayers), customers (Veterans), and employees. Given the current politial environment, how would you propose improving performance? View Answer
Negotiation Details – Very little negotiation. Fixed salary rate
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Minneapolis, MN – Reviewed Nov 27, 2012
Interview Details – Very lengthy, 4 hour interview with multiple people, didn't start work until about 4 months later
Negotiation Details – No negotiation
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Dayton, OH Aug 2008 – Reviewed Nov 23, 2012
Interview Details – Interviewed by CIO for position as System/Network manager. We already had a long working relationship and I was given a chance to become a part of a growing team early in the development of computerized medical records.
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