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Federal Government Interview Questions

Updated Jul 31, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)  

    Vsr Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Federal Government (San Diego, CA) in May 2016.

    Interview

    Behavioral-based Interview. Several questions were asked from a panel of senior management. It lasted approximately 30min. They want you to be clear, precise, direct, and cover all parts of the question. Afterwards, they want you to type up some information in essay format. They review their notes from the panel interview and their notes from your written summary and base their decisions on that.

    Interview Questions

    • How did you handle a situation where you disagreed with what your supervisor told you to do?   1 Answer

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    Anonymous Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Alexandria, VA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Federal Government (Alexandria, VA) in May 2016.

    Interview

    Met with three senior managers, none of whom were in the legal field. HR person took the lead, no followups by any of them and difficult to establish any personal connection.

    Interview Questions

    • Provided a hypothetical situation and asked me to assess. Their question had multiple subparts, seemed as though they took it from an inteview book   Answer Question
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    Work Study Student Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Interview

    Very easy interview. No curve ball questions. Dress to impress and be punctual and you will get the job. The main focus of the job is office support, so be prepared for questions that have to do with customer service, ability to use MS Office programs, and add any experience you may have to working in an office setting.

    Interview Questions

    • Are you able to process students' GI Bill benefits?   1 Answer

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    Program Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Port Hueneme, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Federal Government (Port Hueneme, CA) in November 2015.

    Interview

    1.A panel of three people: the director, two lead program analysts.
    2.The difficult part is to make it to the best-qualified pool and wait until the hiring manager exhausts the CTAP/ICTAP and veterans then it's your turn. OPM's job is to rate based on your education, experience, how your skills match what the job requires (look for keywords). There are tips on govjobs.gov and other website. You really need a good resume (not a typical private sector resume)
    3.they are friendly and try not to scare you.
    4. A set of questions on a sheet they have to rate. 10% each for 10 questions
    5. Takes about 60 mins.

    Interview Questions

    • Mostly behavioral questions and some job-related questions. If you don't have the answer, that is okay too. They don't expect you to know everything government does, they will train you (that is why they have lots of veterans, I don't think veterans receive enough education to do a job). If you make it to best-qualified pool, you are qualified. They just want to know if the team can work well with you.   1 Answer
    • They ask me if I know Excel, Powerpoint and experience in using ERP system such as SAP.   1 Answer

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    Security Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Federal Government (Kansas City, MO) in November 2015.

    Interview

    Interview was low pressure and took less than 1 hour. Two people interviewed me and asked pretty routine questions concerning my experience. No trick questions or booby traps. Interview was held in the hiring manager's office. Both interviewers were very professional and considerate. At the end of the interview they said they would get back with me on their decision. My recruiter contacted within 5 minutes - I hadn't left the parking lot yet - to say they wanted to make me an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • Why are you interested in leaving your current position.   1 Answer

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    Program Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Federal Government.

    Interview

    Sent in my resume, had an interview, was offered the job but then took several months to make it official. The interview was average, I met with everyone in the office.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you react to feedback?   1 Answer

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    Can't Say Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 9+ months. I interviewed at Federal Government.

    Interview

    Panel - supervisory and peers together. During the question process, pick an example of your work that is actually challenging- working on a difficult research paper may not trump a combat vets decision of how to successfully clear out a location filled with enemy combatants. Your thought process, utilization of available resources, and successful outcome are important to communicate effectively to the panel.

    Interview Questions

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    Contracting Officer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 11+ months. I interviewed at Federal Government (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    Long, periods with no update, hurry up and wait, Interview was extremely structured panel interview. Involved personality and IQ tests to determine eligibility. Security clearance process took months. Asked extremely personal questions to "peal back your personal onion".

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time that you had to sacrifice what you wanted to do for the greater good.   2 Answers

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    Legal Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at Federal Government.

    Interview

    It was a phone interview. After the interview they called me about a week later to offer me the job. I accepted & the background process started a week or two after that.

    Interview Questions

    • They asked me where I saw myself in 5yrs. If I saw myself still within the agency and government in general.   Answer Question

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    Paralegal Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Pittsburgh, PA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Federal Government (Pittsburgh, PA) in July 2015.

    Interview

    Situational questions asking for examples of what you did in the past in this or that type of situation. Basic questions about your years of experience handling basic administrative tasks. Not much about actual law or legal issues. Met with two members of the office who ran through a list of questions and took notes on what I said. The general atmosphere was friendly and laid back. They offered to set up a skype interview at first but I said that I would rather come in and meet them face to face. The whole interview lasted about an hour or two. I didn't get the impression that the interview really mattered a great deal. The qualification that really matters probably depends on the hiring manager, but they won't tell you what they are really looking for upfront because there are so many HR requirements that they have to get through first.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you handle a situation in which a co-worker repeatedly makes a similar mistake in his or her work and you are not this person's supervisor. (wording was something like this)   1 Answer

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