I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at United States Congress.
Interview Details – 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 Question – You have 5 minutes to update the Senator/Congressman while walking between hearings/meetings-- give your 30 second explanation of X issue. Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at United States Congress.
Interview Details – 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 Question – What makes you a good candidate for potentially being apart of the Congressman's team? View Answer
I applied online and interviewed at United States Congress.
Interview Details – 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 Question – 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 Details – 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.
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at United States Congress in June 2011.
Interview Details – The interview was generally very relaxed; there were a lot of behavioral questions and hypothetical situations. However, the interviewer herself was very understanding and was one of the younger staff members. There weren't any questions that had stuck out; it was generally easy and expected. Did not prepare much for the interview.
Interview Question – Any relevant experience to the job at hand? Answer Question
I applied in-person and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at United States Congress.
Interview Details – Phone interview, In-person interview, writing test, public policy test.
Interview Question – Had to write a memo on a contentious policy piece. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Very quick and virtually no negotiation. There is too much competition.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at United States Congress.
Interview Details – I had a previous manager send my resume to an office on Capitol Hill. They said that they were looking for interns for the fall and I was called in for an interview shortly after. Upon arriving, I was greeted promptly. We went into the members office and a short interview. After, I sent a thank-you letter, and they hired me after that.
Interview Question – They were very standard questions. Nothing out of the ordinary at all. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I wasn't able to negotiate anything. It was an unpaid internship.
I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at United States Congress in August 2012.
Interview Details – Application submitted to head of office and legislative correspondent, with whom I had a two person interview. Resume and experience discussed, as well as general current affairs knowledge, specific Congressional knowledge, and applicable legislative/administrative duties.
Interview Question – Where do you align yourself politically Answer Question
Negotiation Details – N/A
I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at United States Congress in January 2010.
Interview Details – I had one interview at the office, conducted by the internship coordinator. It took about 30 minutes, and was pretty typical. She asked questions such as, "Why are you interested in working at the Congressman's office?", "Tell me about your past experiences that would make you qualified for this position", and "Tell me about a time you worked well under pressure". She then told me a little bit about the office environment and the types of responsibilities my position would entail.
Interview Question – How would you feel about working in an office where you don't necessarily agree with all of the Congressman's political opinions? View Answer
I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at United States Congress in July 2011.
Interview Details – I was refered to the office by a friend who knew I was looking for a job on Capitol Hill. He sent my resume to this office and I got a call later that day asking me to come in and interview. I met with only one person in the office and the interview lasted no more than 30 minutes.
Interview Question – What is the biggest challenge facing Congressman XX's district? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No, government jobs do not leave much room for negotiation.
Very Easy Interview
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at United States Congress in December 2009.
Interview Details – I was already working for the Senator's Political Action Committee, so I was referred for the position by our director. This is the best way to get a job in the Congress, try interning in the members office you are interested in. It makes it MUCH easier for the members of staff to hire in-house for the entry-level positions.
The interview process was very relaxed since I already knew the Senator and Chief of Staff. We mostly talked about things aside from the position. This I believe is part of the interview process to either establish you are not socially awkward or that they already decided I had the position and had to do the "interview" as a formality. The Staff Assistant position is a mind numbing job so I believe it was the latter.
The beauty of working in the Congress is that the average age of staffers is 26, so you are around a lot of people that are not only trying to change the world, but are young professionals. The work for entry level staff consists of answering phones or writing letters to constituents. Thankfully, once you are in you are able to move up quickly if you have a good attitude, work hard, and have the flexibility to move to another members office. Staff is ALWAYS leaving... the Hill is very transient.
Interview Question – Do you have thick skin? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I was not able to negotiate since it is a job in government.
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