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US Fish and Wildlife Service Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated May 2, 2014
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Database Administrator Interview

Database Administrator
Anchorage, AK

I applied in-person and the process took 2 months - interviewed at US Fish and Wildlife Service in July 2010.

Interview Details – It takes 6-8 weeks to get hired in the federal government. The filtering of application is a check the box process. He/she that can best check the boxes will get an interview. This is by using key words found in the job advertisements often known as KSA's (knowledge Skills and Abilities). Unless you are a veteran your chances are low to even get an interview.

Interview Question – Do you have experience with our applications . . .   View Answer

Negotiation Details – there is none in the federal government except in very rear instances with someone having exceptional experience and knows how to ask for it.

No Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

General Engineer Interview

General Engineer
Arlington, VA

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Interview Details – I was called to arrange an interview after applying through USAJobs. There was no phone interview/screening or any communication with the interviewers before the interview itself. The interview was scheduled for and lasted exactly one hour. Most questions centered on reviewing my resume and previous work experience, though a couple of technical questions were thrown in. There were also a few questions regarding various federal regulations on energy policy.

Interview Question – What are the lifetime costs and considerations for a geothermal heat-pump versus an air-source heat-pump?   Answer Question

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Fish and Wildlife Biologist Interview

Fish and Wildlife Biologist

Interviewed at US Fish and Wildlife Service

Interview Details – Interview process was standard for federal agency. Questions had to do with writing background, experience with environmental review, biology, conservation, and ecology.

Interview Question – What are your weaknesses?   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Wildlife Biologist Interview

Wildlife Biologist

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Interview Details – Standard complicated government application process. Submit a resume with multiple repetitions of the most applicable key word you can think of because the initial picks are done solely on keyword counts. Hope there are not to many veterans applying, claim to be an expert at everything and maybe you will make the top three. If your lucky it won't be a name selected position and you will get a real interview. Otherwise you will get a phone interview or no interview. I was a name selected candidate so no interview was necessary.

Interview Question – None.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I was stupid and did not realize negotiation was an option.

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Ao Interview

Honolulu, HI

I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at US Fish and Wildlife Service in September 2009.

Interview Details – The interview was basically a tough one. There was one person and one other person on the telephone. The questions asked were a mixture of psychological in nature in dealing with people on a social and professional level due to the complexity of the job I was being interviewed for.

Interview Questions

  • What was the most difficult choice you had to make while in the position as a manager / supervisor?   Answer Question
  • Tell me about your most challenging decision you had to make whether to retain or fire an employee?   Answer Question

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

IT Interview


The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at US Fish and Wildlife Service in June 2010.

Interview Details – The interview comes first. I interviewed with 4 people each asking me their own set of questions. Once finished they asked me if I had any questions for them. Then they said they would call me.

Interview Questions

Negotiation Details – I came in at the top end of their scale but given that benefits cost more than my last company they upped my pay a few thousand to help compensate.

The opportunity to gain serious experience and a clearance was worth taking a slight pay hit for the amount of future gain to be had.

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