US Department of the Interior
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US Department of the Interior Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 21, 2014
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Writer-Editor Interview

Writer-Editor

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at US Department of the Interior.

Interview Details – I applied using USAjobs, and was emailed a few weeks later. After several emails of verification, the hiring manager called me to discuss the position and set up a formal telephone interview. A week later, I interviewed over the phone for a panel of three hiring managers in the Bureau of Land Management.

The questions were very standard, and should not have been surprising for someone with adequate business communications experience or skills.

Interview Question – How would you prioritize two projects which are simultaneously due by the end of the day. There is no way to complete both projects.   View Answer

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Director Interview

Director
Washington, DC

I applied online and the process took 5 months - interviewed at US Department of the Interior in June 2012.

Interview Details – As far as the interview process goes, it was pretty straight-forward, especially for a government agency. However, after my first interview, which seemed to go very well, I never heard back from anyone. Just tell me if I wasn't a good candidate at least! I

Interview Question – The questions were taken directly off the job announcement. Nothing too strenuous.   Answer Question

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Program Suppoer Assistant Interview

Program Suppoer Assistant

Interviewed at US Department of the Interior

Interview Details – Took over 4 months. I applied on usajobs.com, had an email that my resume was being forwarded to the hiring manager, was contact by the current boss in June, started in August.

Interview Question – I didn't attend an interview, I actually sat in on their group meeting and was asked if I had any questions at the end. I obviously had a lot since I had never been there.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Worked with the office in Albuquerque to settle salary, etc.

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Supervisory Ranger Interview

Supervisory Ranger

I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at US Department of the Interior in April 2011.

Interview Details – USA Jobs

Interview Question – When can you start   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Easy

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Supervisory Attorney-Advisor Interview

Supervisory Attorney-Advisor
Washington, DC

I applied online and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at US Department of the Interior in December 2012.

Interview Details – Initial contact about interview was via e-mail. Setting up the interview was easy. Interviewed by two senior attorneys in the Solicitor's Office. One Interview. Most senior attorney had to leave in the middle of the interview. Both were pleasant. Interview went well. Questions were fairly standard. Atmosphere of the organization was professional, but relaxed. Seemed like a good place to work.

Interview Question – As usual, being asked to discuss weaknesses. Wanted to know specific examples and how they impacted job performance.   Answer Question

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Telecommunications Technician Interview

Telecommunications Technician
Denver, CO

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 months - interviewed at US Department of the Interior in February 2010.

Interview Details – Got contacted by HR for an initial interview, after that had a face-to-face with supervisor, then contacted by HR weeks later for an offer. Once I accepted, it took about 2 months due to background checks and filling out forms, emailing back and forth, all that nonsense

Interview Question – They surprisingly had no difficult questions, then again I was only 18, right out of high school.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – there is no negotiation in government, they go through, basically, a mathematical formula to mix experience with education and they tell you what grade/step you qualify under.

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Program Analyst Interview

Program Analyst
Arlington, VA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 months - interviewed at US Department of the Interior in September 2010.

Interview Details – Two interviews, one over the phone with a panel of three supervisory project leaders. The phone interview was challenging because none of the panelists provided any feedback whatsoever. The second and final interview was in person with the hiring manager. The Department took 5 weeks to give an offer letter and wanted me to accept/decline within 3 days.

Interview Question – Give me a project where you failed and had a huge negative outcome with the public.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation possible since it is the federal government.

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Accepted Offer

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Engineering Interview

Engineering

The process took 2 months - interviewed at US Department of the Interior in May 2010.

Interview Details – Standard with background check for government work.

Interview Questions

  • Why are you leaving you current employer?   View Answer
  • How did you hear about the job listing and why were you interested in applying.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – good, signing bonus.

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