United States Department of Energy Interview Questions

Updated Mar 26, 2015
Updated Mar 26, 2015
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at United States Department of Energy.

    Interview Details

    Applied online, received an e-mail within a couple of weeks to establish a phone interview time
    Phone interview was 1-on-1 with the woman who would be my supervisor and it lasted about 25 minutes. The interview consisted of very basic questions

    Interview Questions
    • Go through your resume with me, what are your strengths, which past experiences do you think relate to this position you're applying for   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
  2.  

    Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at United States Department of Energy in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    Telephone and in person, must submit U.S. citizenship documents. Very gov specific. Asked about biggest failure and how I reacted. Asked job history, education, performance. Asked for references. Must be able to obtain security clearance.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Contract Price Cost Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at United States Department of Energy.

    Interview Details

    Very straight forward and it consisted of a panel of 4 people who as serval behavioral based questions. Received a call for the interview about 3 weeks after applying online.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Science Undergraduate Laboratory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lemont, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lemont, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at United States Department of Energy.

    Interview Details

    Applied online through the DOE portal. Pretty standard. I think letters of rec are the most important part of the application. Process was unclear and they almost withdrew my offer because I only accepted the position online and I didn't "return my acceptance forms."

    My suggestion is if you are dying to get into the program apply to Argonne National Lab since they take A LOT of interns. At other labs, it is more competitive.

    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. You are offered a stipend. Take it or leave it. But be aware your compensation is paid on a 1099 Misc Income form and not a W-2.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
  6.  

    General Engineer/Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Golden, CO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Golden, CO
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at United States Department of Energy.

    Interview Details

    Contents of job application/resume are rated against key job parameters and ranked. If included in top 10 ranked applicants, may get an interview by phone or in person. Top 3 interviewees may get a 2nd interview. Hiring manager will then recommend top choice for an offer.

    Interview Questions
    • Give specific details about your experience in the field you are applying for and how you would apply it in this job.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I didn't have to negotiate. I was brought in as a former career employee and offered to be given the same salary as when I worked previously for a different agency (as if a lateral transfer).
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Senior Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    This is probably one of the most telling aspects of working at the DOE: I never was called for an interview for the job I held there. For my position, I had to do the standard federal KSA questions and forms. My former boss and his boss wanted to hire me specifically, so they tailored the questions for me. I submittted my application package and about 10 months later was hired. This kind of thing happens all the time at the DOE.

    Negotiation Details
    I was able to negotiate the salary I wanted.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
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    Postdoctoral Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Penn Pitt, PA
    Anonymous Employee in Penn Pitt, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at United States Department of Energy.

    Interview Details

    it's a phone interview, the hiring PI asked a few technical questions. What is required is to introduce myself and my research project. It's a very welcome environment, and they introduced the collegues to me. Most of the interview is introduce the facility lab and the pay situation. Within 2 days they gave me the offer. The PI is very helpful in arranging my recruiting paper work, and he also gave me some papers to read to know about it.

    Interview Questions
    • there's no defficult question, all the interview went smooth and the communication is very easy.   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Summer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Pine Bluff, AR
    Anonymous Employee in Pine Bluff, AR
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at United States Department of Energy in January 2013.

    Interview Details

    I applied online for the summer opportunity.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    General Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at United States Department of Energy.

    Interview Details

    As for most (all?) federal govenment positions, you must submit application on USAJOBS.GOV. If you are selected for an interview, you go through a phone interview folllowed by an onsite interview in DC. If you get an offer, it is usually contigent on passing the background check. The whole process from applying online to starting a new job took four months.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I believe you are always offered Step One of whatever grade level the job was advertised at. For example, if the job is adevrtised at GS11-12, you would be offered GS-11, Step 1. You can negotiate upward - usually based on your prior salary history.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in West Valley, NY
    Anonymous Employee in West Valley, NY
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a dayinterviewed at United States Department of Energy in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    Interviewed by several team members, management, and a representative from the Ethics team. Interview was in a conference room setting in an office building. Interview was very difficult because I worked with all of the interviewers. During the interview, it was difficult not to assume that they already knew how my experience applied to the questions they were asking. This resulted in my not answering questions as fully as I would have if I didn't know the panel members.

    Interview Questions
    • Discuss the challenges faced with a project that you were overseeing, include how you overcame the challenges.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

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