United States Congress Interview Questions

Updated Aug 21, 2015
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    Legislative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at United States Congress (Washington, DC) in June 2015.

    Interview

    Fairly straightforward interview process. The Deputy CoS asked standard interview questions, while the outgoing LA asked me issue specific questions. Whatever your area of expertise is - foreign policy, education, defense, etc. - make sure you have your 30-second 'elevator speech' down pat. Pretend you're talking to the Congressperson and make sure you can demonstrate your knowledge and your ability to consolidate your knowledge to diverse audiences.

    Interview Questions

    • Why are you interested in foreign affairs? Can you handle the hectic nature of working on the Hill? Tell us about an experience where you had to balance the desires (opinions) of your employer with your own.   Answer Question
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    Summer Congressional Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. I interviewed at United States Congress (Atlanta, GA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Sent application to Congressman via a University program. The intern coordinator contacted me for a phone interview that lasted a little less than fifteen minutes. A response was given via email later on that week. The application included a resume, cover letter, and two short essay questions. The questions asked were common to other interview questions, such as "Tell me about yourself" and "What experience do you have with..."

    Interview Questions

    • How comfortable are you with writing and how often is it used in your everyday coursework?   Answer Question
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at United States Congress (San Francisco, CA) in February 2015.

    Interview

    So straightforward and easy. I expected more questions but after a few, they confirmed my availability and gave me the internship on the spot. There's nothing else to say. why is there a 30 word minimum i don't understand.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at United States Congress (San Mateo, CA) in January 2015.

    Interview

    Submitted a resumé and cover letter and had an in-person interview a week later in order to see how I fit with the office environment and fellow staff members. The interview went well and I began my internship not a week later.

    Interview Questions

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    Summer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at United States Congress.

    Interview

    I applied to this position online (cover letter and resume) and was contacted in less than a week through email to schedule a phone interview. The interview lasted 10-15 minutes. Questions asked were general/standard interview questions like description of work ethic, reasons for interest in internship position, strengths/weaknesses, and hypothetical behavioral questions.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bel Air, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at United States Congress (Bel Air, MD) in May 2014.

    Interview

    The difficulty of getting the internship really depends on who you're going to intern for. Depending on the power or the amount of years the Representative has, will determine the difficulty and the length of the process. Personally, I interned for a US Representative from Maryland, who currently sits on the Ways and Means Committee, power committee, but he doesn't have much power. He's a 3rd term Rep, and just got selected for the Committee. So, my process? I contacted the DC office, I was redirected to the District Office. I left a message, they called me back. I sent in paperwork solely because they said it was required by the DC Office. Then they told me the duties and responsibilities, which wasn't much because I was in the district office. Then they told me it was mine. So again, it really depends on who and where you're interning.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    There wasn't much negotiation. Just if I was ok with the work.

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    Legislative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at United States Congress.

    Interview

    Usually one interview with Legislative Director, maybe a second interview with the Chief of Staff. You almost always need Capitol Hill experience for this level. You need to demonstrate you know the legislative process, how to work with constituents/stakeholders, and in-depth policy knowledge of the selected issue area.

    Interview Questions

    • You have 5 minutes to update the Senator/Congressman while walking between hearings/meetings-- give your 30 second explanation of X issue.   Answer Question
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    Summer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at United States Congress (Austin, TX).

    Interview

    Job was posted on most job forums for the Austin area. To start the application process, you must send your resume by email to the congressman's secretary. After your resume is reviewed and you're determined to be qualified (I don't know if anyone in an accredited university would not be qualified), the secretary will contact you and set up an interview time. The interview consisted of questions about my resume and why I would like to be apart of the Congressman's team

    Interview Questions

    • What makes you a good candidate for potentially being apart of the Congressman's team?   1 Answer
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    Speaker of the House Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at United States Congress in July 2013.

    Interview

    I had to raise tons of money from people that expected unsavory favors in return. The interviewers also focused on many topics that weren't really critical to the success of the organization or my ability to do the job. Rather than discussing my position on issues, I spent my time explaining why my competitors would do a bad job.

    Interview Questions

    • I merely wanted to see salary information, but was required to enter several reviews. So, I thought I'd provide some completely useless information. I truly hope the reviewer enjoys.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    The thought of being bent over by investors, I mean campaign contributors, really didn't sit well with me. I figured I could make more money in the private sector.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at United States Congress.

    Interview

    I submitted my resume to five different offices and received interview requests from three of them. All the interviews were on the Hill, so I had to metro in. Most of the interviews only lasted about 20 minutes

    Interview Questions

    • As in most interviews, they ask why they should pick me for their internship. Focus on an event or position you held that really showed initiative. Initiative is a big deal up here and the more proactive you are, the more likely it is you will get an offer.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    If you are applying to internships, take the first one that is offered. Don't hesitate. Odds are you will enjoy any office you go to.

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