I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at US Immigration and Customs Enforcement in May 2013.
Interview Details –
I was interviewed in two rounds. The first round involved the hiring manager and several people who would be my co-workers. The second round involved the hiring manager and his boss. Each session lasted 30-45 minutes.
The first round consisted of a series of questions designed both to inquire about my specific legal experience in the areas that the group practiced in and to elicit clues about my persona. The second round was essentially an opportunity for the hiring manager to convince his boss that I was an appropriate hire for the group - it was more informal and somewhat friendlier.
Interview Question – "Describe a time when you faced a professional ethical dilemma and describe what you did about it." View Answer
Negotiation Details – I was not able to negotiate as the person who called to offer me the job was not the hiring manager I knew and had interviewed with. The person offering me the job was essentially a human resources person who could hardly have been less interested in what I wanted or needed.
The process took a day - interviewed at US Immigration and Customs Enforcement in August 2010.
Interview Details – Applied via usajobs.gov with the typical questionnaire. I got two automated emails from the HR system and then a very nice email from the hiring manager. The manager interviewed one-on-one, plus he had one of his staff members present. The staffer was mostly disengaged and dead weight to the interview. The interveiw was conversational with a few particular questions of interest. They allowed time for me to ask all the questions I wanted. Answers and discussion seemed candid. Interview was 90 minutes. I felt very positive leaving the interview. Note: arrive early for airport style screening which does not move along very quickly!
Interview Question – Would you be comfortable working in an environment where there are few or no existing tools? View Answer
Reason for Declining – Offer was at the bottom of the available salary range. Responsibilities and expectations set in the interview matched my market value (e.g. current salary and recent offers) but were far more grandiose than associated offer. The attitude of the hiring manager after the interview was pleasant. He seemed to have other candidates he felt would take such an offer.
I applied online and the process took 6 months - interviewed at US Immigration and Customs Enforcement in May 2010.
Interview Details – Very long process and no communication with a recruiter to assist with questions. You must be patient.
Interview Question – Be prepared to answer situational questions. I signed a confidentiality agreement so I cannot give any questions. View Answer
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