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US Small Business Administration Interview Questions

Updated Jan 17, 2015
Updated Jan 17, 2015
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    Finance Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at US Small Business Administration.

    Interview Details

    Lengthy. Standard interview questions. Some dumb questions: "explain why you left company x" when it is very clear on your resume that you moved to another state far away! Standard interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Standard interview questions. Some dumb questions: "explain why you left company x" when it is very clear on your resume that you moved to another state far away! Standard interview.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation possible.
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Public Affairs Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at US Small Business Administration in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Job was announced on USAJOBS.gov. Once your application is submitted, it is evaluated by HR specialist. Evaluation consisted of a review of your resume, occupational questionnaire, and other documents required that are listed in the job announcement. Interview panel of three top administrators. District Director, Deputy District Director, Program Support Assistant Executive Direction. Each score interview performance separately. Scores are combine for a total score.

    Interview Questions
    • What in your experience do you think prepared you to be the public affairs specialist for this district?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Customer Service Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    No interview. I just received an email stating I was selected for the position.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Loan Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I heard through friends that the SBA was hiring loan processors to assist Sandy victims. I called HR and was instructed to email them a resume. Within a few days, I received a call from a supervisor requesting I come in for an interview that day or the next (Saturday). I interviewed on Saturday and was hired. Orientation was Monday and training started on Tuesday.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. Salary grade assigned. I accepted.
    Accepted Offer
  6.  

    Commercial Loan Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 12+ monthsinterviewed at US Small Business Administration.

    Interview Details

    Hired as a contractor. Work was evaluated for over a year. After a while I was offered a full time job at the same Agency doing the same work. I took it.

    Interview Questions
    • The job interview was over an entire year. No specific interview questions.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. I filled out a USA jobs.com posting and they offered me a GS-12 position as it was equivalent to my contractor salary.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Loan Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at US Small Business Administration in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    The interviewed consisted of a 15 minute phone interview. My resume had been submitted by an existing employee. SBA needed several more people to handle the large volume of loan applicants after Hurricane Sandy. Phone interview one day, went in to sign employment documents the next day, picked up ID badges the 3rd day, started training immediately.

    Interview Questions
    • I don't believe any questions were difficult or unexpected.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Temporary position, no negotiation required.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person – interviewed at US Small Business Administration in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    Initial interview was conduct by two people (Dept Manager and Supervisor). It was a brief overview of the resume and wiliness to learn new things. After the interview, I was introduced to the Deputy Director and the experience I have in supply and inventory and distribution.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    NA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Disaster Reservist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fort Worth, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fort Worth, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at US Small Business Administration in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    While awaiting interview in the lobby my credit was pulled and during initial interview I was asked a few questions regarding my credit report and any info deemed derogatory.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Auditor-Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    1. Apply Online-Resume & Transcript
    2. Behavioral Interview
           A. Teamwork
           B. Communication
           C. Understanding of Accounting Regulations
    3. Phone call with offer, then an offer letter two weeks later

    Negotiation Details
    None- GS level
    Accepted Offer
  11.  

    Loan Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at US Small Business Administration.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was fairly easy and straight forward depending on the level of disasters. They may be eager to hire just about anyone without a background in finance or economics. Since it's government job, be prepared for a thorough background check which starts with the interviewing process. Be prepared to answer questions regarding ethical behaviors and sound judgement.

    Interview Questions
    • Would you have a problem reporting a Senior Loan Officer supervising you to their superior?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer

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