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US Bureau of Labor Statistics Interviews

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at US Bureau of Labor Statistics in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    After you put in your application and make it to"referral" status, managers will review your credentials. If managers of certain sections/departments/offices want to interview you, they will communicate with their offices HR director.

    The HR director will contact you via email and/or phone. For me, he both called me and used email to communicate. He will tell you that there are managers who would like to interview you for the position and will ask for your availability.

    Based on your availability and location, he will set up either telephone or in-person interviews. He will send you the date, time, name of the manager that wants to interview you and the office they are in. This is great information for research.

    If it is a phone interview, the manager will call you at the specified time. They will introduce themselves and, hopefully, they wont put you on speaker phone. My worst experiences came from phone interviews with multiple people, mainly because of the poor functionality of speaker phone and short time available.

    It is hit or miss on whether you will enjoy the interview process. Some interviewers will tell you very little about the job and some will spend 25 minutes talking about it. Some will jump straight to questions. Some will seem like they already have their mind made up, which I guess, is just the nature of the beast.

    Most important aspects:

    1. You must be able to turn your experience into the job requirements

    2. You must be able to talk, in detail, about your resume

    3. You must speak in complete sentences. Most interviewers I spoke with enjoyed my explanations more when they were explicit (planned/practiced). For example, you start an explanation with "for example" (No surprises there).

    4. Having questions prepared is a must. I do not think I can stress that enough. They want to hear from you.

    Interview Questions
    • It really differs by interviewer. I was asked about my future, where I saw myself in 5-10 years, strengths and weaknesses, even about academic research and results.

      More detailed questions were about experiences I have had collecting and dealing with the nuances of data (difficulties). So have a good story about data collect, manipulation, problems you ran into along way, etc. Some specifically asked me about my experience with statistical packages such as SAS.

      In conclusion, be prepared to answer all of the cliche interview questions, as well as, prepare good stories about data collection/analysis, applying economic theory, working well with others and/or in a team and statistical packages.
       
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Website www.bls.gov
Headquarters Washington, DC
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1913
Type Government
Industry Government
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Just the facts, ma'am -- that's what the US Bureau of Labor Statistics aims to deliver. The agency (also known as BLS) collects, processes, analyzes, and shares labor economics information with Congress, other government entities, the public, and the business sector. It reports statistics regarding inflation, unemployment, labor productivity, workplace safety, and much more. BLS searches for data that reflect current economic conditions, are impartial, and are relevant to current social and economic issues. It also is responsible for several publications including the... More

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