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United States Department of Energy Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 3, 2014
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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

General Engineer/Project Manager Interview

General Engineer/Project Manager
Golden, CO

I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed 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 Question – 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).


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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Operations Specialist Interview

Operations Specialist

I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at United States Department of Energy in February 2010.

Interview Details – It is a two interview process. First one is phone and the second is in person.

Interview Question – How can you help this company be better.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – It is a two stage process. First one is phone and the second is in person.


Accepted Offer

Negative Experience

Senior Scientist Interview

Senior Scientist

Interviewed at United States Department of Energy

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.


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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Program Analyst Interview

Program Analyst
Washington, DC

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at United States Department of Energy in March 2009.

Interview Details – I submitted to a formal interview by a committee of people from the office in which I would work. Each member had questions and all were given a chance to interact with me. The office administrator took the lead for the majority of the interview and made sure that each office member had plenty of opportunity to ask questions and followups. The interview lasted about 45 minutes and was quite amicable throughout.
Followup the interview and offering of the position was done in a reasonable amount of time and done by phone and by official letter.

Interview Question – How would you best evaluate program "X" (from this office)? It was obvious that this was a weakness in the office and they were looking to significantly improve this area.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – The offer was made and the salary and benefits explained. There were no negotiations for this essentially entry-level position.


Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Postdoctoral Interview

Postdoctoral
Penn Pitt, PA

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed 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 Question – there's no defficult question, all the interview went smooth and the communication is very easy.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Consultant Emergency Management Nuclear Safety Interview

Consultant Emergency Management Nuclear Safety
Oak Ridge, TN

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at United States Department of Energy in October 2009.

Interview Details – Have to talk with contract companies that actually have contracts at DOE sites.

Interview Question – What makes you the ideal candidate? Answer: I get things done fast.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Contract offer was suitable and salary was as expected.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Attorney Interview

Attorney
Washington, DC

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at United States Department of Energy in February 2009.

Interview Details – It was a long process due to internal HR processes

Interview Question – The interview process was fairly straightforward.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Non-existent


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Difficult Interview

Summer Intern Interview

Summer Intern
Pine Bluff, AR

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at United States Department of Energy in January 2013.

Interview Details – I applied online for the summer opportunity.

Interview Question – Why are you interested in this position   Answer Question


Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

IT Specialist Interview

IT Specialist
Washington, DC

I applied through college or university and the process took 5 days - interviewed at United States Department of Energy in February 2009.

Interview Details – in person interview

Interview Question – why did I do my major?   View Answer


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Very Easy Interview

Project Officer Interview

Project Officer
Golden, CO

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at United States Department of Energy in August 2009.

Interview Details – My experience was atypical as I was hired to work on Recovery Act projects. The Department had to staff up dramatically and quickly, and as a result the bar was set pretty low. I submitted my application through USAJobs.gov, and about 3 weeks later was contacted for an interview. I interviewed with two people, who asked me pretty basic questions. In general when interviewing in my office they'll give you a print out of the questions they want you to answer, and you can take a minute to think about them. They have to ask everyone the same 5 or so questions. They're pretty generic; how do you work with a difficult colleague, how do you manage people, that kind of thing. The interview lasted less than an hour. I got a call a week later with an offer.

Again, though, this experience was atypical as this was a direct hire opportunity. I have since applied for several other positions within this office, so I'll describe the typical process. You have to apply through USAJobs. Chances are you won't hear anything until at least a month after the job closes. If you're selected for an interview it still goes pretty much as described above. However, typical selection is much different. With my initial interview the bar was very low, they had to hire 50 or so people in a few months, so a lot of people got in. Usually they're just hiring one person, so while there is a pool of 10 or 20 or more qualified applicants, the decision is entirely based upon the feelings of the selection official. The result is that they hire their friends from within the office, so it's pretty much impossible to be hired unless you're friends with the hiring official. The typical hiring process takes around 3 months, sometimes longer.

Negotiation Details – I didn't try to negotiate, and I should have. You can't negotiate the grade you come in at, but you may be able to negotiate the step, or at the very least a recruitment bonus or student loan repayment. Give it a try anyway.

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