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Federal Government Interview Questions in Washington, DC

Updated Dec 4, 2017
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    Senior Executive Administrative Assistant Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Federal Government (Washington, DC) in July 2017.

    Interview

    The first thing is they want to know are you a people person. Because you will be representing the VP or CEO. Which also important is in the absence of the VP can you represent the office, brand, be completely and, competent. You have to be able to demonstrate these qualities and it will be good to take one or two and expound on it with a story

    Interview Questions

    • Are you a people person. Are you a good fit for the company brand and VP   2 Answers

  2. Helpful (1)  

    Administrative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Federal Government (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    It is a behavioral interview. Fit type questions. Tell me about a time when you etc etc etc etc etc. The end. Is that 30 words yet. I think it is bye

    Interview Questions

  3. Helpful (1)  

    Deputy Division Chief Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Federal Government (Washington, DC) in May 2017.

    Interview

    I walked into a room with a panel of interviewers around a table and one empty chair with a piece of paper on the table with questions. I was told I had 30 minutes to answer the questions. So began the process. I read questions to myself and then began to answer them. No one around the table said a word the entire time I was at the table! I answered all the questions and everyone just kept writing on their own paper. No one asked me anything.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you define your success after one year in this job?   Answer Question

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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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    Instructional Designer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Federal Government (Washington, DC) in October 2015.

    Interview

    Mostly they ask you how well you get along with others. Sometimes they’ll ask you the same question about working well with others multiple times.
    They also care about stuff like 508 compliance and which e-learning tools you know. Most interviewers don’t know much about training or instructional design so fhey won’t grill you on any theories.

    Interview Questions

    • How well do you work with others?   1 Answer

  6. Helpful (1)  

    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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    Analyst Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at Federal Government (Washington, DC) in April 2015.

    Interview

    I applied through USA Jobs in February, was interviewed in April and was offered a position in July. Hiring process was fairly standard compared with other interviews I have done, just seemed to take incredibly long. Although everyone I encountered through the process was exceptionally friendly and helpful. There can also be a pretty overwhelming orientation period when starting as there are many additional federal policies and regulations that do not exist elsewhere.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us about a time that you handled a difficult situation?   1 Answer
    • Tell us about a time when someone on your team wasn't doing their fair share of work and how you responded?   1 Answer
    • Explain your analytical skills and how they would help the agency accomplish its mission   1 Answer
    • What do you know about our agency?   1 Answer
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    Public Affairs Specialist Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Federal Government (Washington, DC) in April 2015.

    Interview

    Interview was done by panel of three persons over the phone, questions were behavioral based. Manager was evasive about answering my questions. Should have been my first clue. Didn't hear from them for a month, and then they wanted an answer in a day. Wanted me to report within 2 weeks, even though I was moving over 1000 miles at my own expense.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time you had a conflict with your manager, how did you handle it?   Answer Question

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    Auditor Interview

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

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Federal Government (Washington, DC) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Applied on USAjobs. Got called for the in-person interview. It was a panel interview that took about an hour. Each interviewer asked related questions. Interviewers were so patients and got interested as the interview progressed.

    Interview Questions

    • Basically behavioural questions and a lot of technical questions   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    It was a firm offer


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    Anonymous Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Federal Government (Washington, DC) in January 2015.

    Interview

    The interview process was about an hour and straight to the point, ask lots of questions and make sure you research the organization prior to interview so that you are prepared with questions.

    Interview Questions


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