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US Department of Veterans Affairs Interview Questions

Updated Nov 14, 2014
Updated Nov 14, 2014
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  1.  

    New Graduate Nurse- Mental Health Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    I was called by the nurse manager and she also sent a follow up email regarding setting up an interview. I scheduled an interview for the following week. It was a panel with 3 other nurse managers and they asked behavioral interview style questions, also with some questions such as what I would do if I had realized I had made a medication error, and why did I want to work in mental health. I heard back via usajobs.gov approx. 3-4 weeks later.

    Interview Questions
    • I was thrown off by a question about a specific use of EBP, since we use it in pretty much all aspects of care!   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Internship Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Juan, PR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Juan, PR
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Interview Details

    Very basic questions regarding my experience and education. The supervisor explained to me the office's organization, protocols and objectives. It is very important for this office that you are a bilingual person.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Police Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    one interview with a panel, and a series of 4 questions per member. The entire process took almost a year from applying to getting hired. After getting hired even if you were a seasoned Police Officer you still have to attend their joke and a waste of an academy.

    Interview Questions
    • when did you disagree with a supervisor and what was the outcome,   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    there was none
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Veterans Service Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Saint Paul, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Saint Paul, MN
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    The telephonic interview was basic. There were two people on the panel.
    They asked what does integrity mean to you?
    Describe the type of worker you are in three words and explain each word?
    Why do you want to work for the VA?
    After the interview I received an email with to timed test (written and analytical)

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Veteran Service Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Apply online via USAJobs. Typicl interview questions for almost all VA positions. Performance/Behavioral based questions - example give me an example of a time you....what was the result...what would you have improved...

    Interview Questions
    • Asked to provide a time you failed and what you could do better next time. Odd question to ask.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negation. You take what they offer or they'll give it to someone else. Period.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Research Health Science Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    The hiring process didn't take that long for me but I have heard of hiring taking several months for some. I applied for the job in November, was interviewed in December, and received a formal offer in late January.

    Interview Questions
    • The degree that I have are very different from one another but also seemed to be a stretch for the research the position was geared towards, so the question was asking me how all these things fit and will be advantageous in the new position.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Negotiations at the VA are possible! It took some paperwork and justification but I was able to negotiate from a step 1 to step 5 within my GS level. I think the ability to negotiate depends on the hiring manager's willingness to put in the effort.
    Accepted Offer
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Certified Nursing Assistant (Spinal Cord Injury) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online June 8th and was called for an interview on July 11th. I submitted a copy of my certification, college diplomas, fire/cpr/bls cards and resume. They asked me to bring a list of references to the interview. I spoke to a panel of 3 RNs that work on the unit. They took turns asking me questions that were mainly of a customer care nature.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mental Health Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Interview Details

    Back ground checks, drug test and physical, interview was with a panel-ask general questions about leadership and conflict resolution. Several questions regarding what you do if you had a conflict with a co-worker; how would communicate with your supervisor.

    Interview Questions
    • General questions which had very little to do with the job.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    no
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Registered Nurse Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Amarillo, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Amarillo, TX
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Interview Details

    Long, drawn out and painful. Due to holiday season the Boarding committee did not meet because the regular meeting days fell on Holidays. I interviewed the day before Thanksgiving and accepted position tentatively awaiting pay grade offer around New Years and did not start until February 4th.

    Interview Questions
    • Many questions concerning difficult past job conflicts and the outcomes with co-workers, Bosses and Physicians.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    A 4-month process to receive a pay offer from the Boarding Committee.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11.  

    Social Worker Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Interview Details

    Did the cursory interview as is expected when one is completing their second year of a Masters program. I'm expected to write at least 30 words but there really isn't much to say when one considers this interview was set up through NYU's Master's program. Yes the VA will only take second year students but at that point it's a given your going to get the position.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing out of the ordinary was asked as this was a cursory interview, I.E., make sure we could get along for nine months.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

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