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  1. Helpful (8)  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at IRS.

    Interview

    I applied online in March 15. A few weeks later June 17 received an email stating I’m tentatively eligible for position and that I’m scheduled to take assessment. After another few weeks passed I was emailed my assessment and the deadline to complete

    Interview Questions

    • How do you handle a caller angry about tax information?   1 Answer

  2. Helpful (3)  

    Appeals Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at IRS (New York, NY) in July 2020.

    Interview

    Just completed this interview. Do not believe that I will be hired. The most negative interview experience I ever had. At one point I were about to stop the conversation and walk away. Phone interview, panel of 4. Most of the questions were very vague, next to abstract. After such a ridicules interview I should think again if I want to work for an organization that ask such a nonsence... Several question in format "In your view, what is the hazard of litigation and how to...", " describe the challenging situation and how you deal with it", "what is the strength of your verbal and written communication", "you have 100 cases: how do you set priorities for your work...", " what great skills you can bring...".
    So, while for a recent grad this questions may appear to be just 'OK', for a professional they sound like an dialog between two idiots...

    Interview Questions

  3. Helpful (4)  

    Internal Revenue Agent Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at IRS (Chicago, IL) in June 2020.

    Interview

    The interview was a total of 6 questions. Each panel member took turns asking questions and after all question were asked. They will ask you is there any additional information you want to provide us that you didn't tell us initially.

    Interview Questions

    • Here are some the questions i was asked that i can remember

      1) What can you offer us?   Answer Question
    • 2) Why do you want to work for us?   Answer Question
    • 3) A corporation you are examining is currently filing bankruptcy but then tell you they are investing money into a new acquisition, how would you handle this?

      Follow-up question
      4) A friend asked you for your recommendation on the corporation you are auditing, what will you tell them?   Answer Question
    • 5) Tell me the difference between a Trial Balance, General Ledger and Sub-ledger accounts and how each of these are tied or balanced on a tax return.   Answer Question
    • 6) Give examples of temporary and non-temporary / permanent tax issues.   Answer Question
    • 7) Tell me the difference between a Trial Balance, General Ledger and Sub-ledger accounts and how each of these are tied or balanced on a tax return.   Answer Question

  4. Helpful (9)  

    Contact Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at IRS (Charlotte, NC) in February 2020.

    Interview

    I was hired without interview. I applied in November, took the exam in usajobs and heard nothing for a long time.

    In late January I was emailed, told I would be contacted in 2 weeks to schedule an interview, the very next day I received an email from same address telling me I was hired and I received my tentative offer that day


  5. Helpful (5)  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at IRS.

    Interview

    I applied online and after a few months of processing I received a phone call inviting me to schedule an interview. I went to the building on the scheduled date. It was a panel interview with three interviewers.

    Interview Questions

    • A scenario question on what action I would take if I made a mistake at work and the customer was angry.   1 Answer

  6. Helpful (9)  

    Revenue Officer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at IRS (Jacksonville, FL) in October 2019.

    Interview

    I applied online at usajobs.gov for the IRS recent graduate pathways program. About 4 months later, I got a call/ email to set up a phone interview. About 2 weeks later I completed a phone interview with 3 people on the line. About 1 week later I was offered the position. the day after I accepted the position online, I was set to do fingerprinting. No in person interview.

    Interview Questions

    • The questions were a lot of situational and how you would handle type. The interviewers took turn reading out semi long questions and then ask you to respond.
      My advice while during the interview is to remember safety is always a priority, always do the right thing, and to say it the nicest way possible: it is does not matter what the situation/ reason/ excuse the taxpayer still needs to pay (set up payment arrangements).

      One question was you do a field visit. The location is in a good neighborhood, it looks like they are living beyond there means, you interview the wife. The wife starts crying and saying that her son is handicap and she cant loose her house because her son has to attend the school he goes to because of his handicap. What would you do?   1 Answer
    • Your manager requested that you create a template that all the revenue officers will use. You are not allowed to do overtime, it will be due in 7 days, and you need to complete this solo. What would you do?   1 Answer
    • You set up a interview at a house. When you get to the house the man tells you to come in and you proceed to the dining table to conduct interview. At this point you see that he is wearing an ankle monitor. What do you do?   1 Answer

  7. Helpful (2)  

    Social Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at IRS (Atlanta, GA) in October 2019.

    Interview

    Submitted application on USAJobs in early October, and received an interview within a few weeks for late October

    - 1hr phone interview w/ 3 hiring managers. Seems that they were building research teams.
    - had unexepected written assignment at the end fo the interview, to be completed that day, 2hr timed

    - I didn't hear anything back after my interview until January and received an automated email from "CareerConnectors" (something like that) that I have 3-days to accept my tentative offer and schedule fingerprints & background check.

    Interview Questions

    • What do you know about the IRS?

      Not all questions made complete sense but the interviewers knew that.   Answer Question
    • How do you use principles of social science in your work (something like that)?   Answer Question
  8. Helpful (1)  

    Mail Processing Clerk Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. I interviewed at IRS (Austin, TX).

    Interview

    I was instructed to fill out all forms pertaining to employment, past, present and to also fill out a W-9 for employees. Then, after awhile, was called into another office and had a brief discussion as to the nature of the job, what was expected, starting pay, benefits and so forth. After agreeing to all of the terms and conditions, was hired as a seasonal worker.

    Interview Questions

    • Are you free to work all hours including being on-call?   1 Answer

  9. Helpful (4)  

    Internal Revenue Agent Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at IRS (New York, NY).

    Interview

    The hardest question is when they ask you to tell them about yourself. Make sure you practice your answer so it seems natural. Make sure you talk about your account, tax and leadership experience.

    Interview Questions

    • While examining a car dealership they offer you 10k off the car, regardless of how the examination goes.   Answer Question

  10. Helpful (2)  

    Tax Compliance Officer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Baton Rouge, LA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at IRS (Baton Rouge, LA) in June 2019.

    Interview

    Interview was hard! The waiting game is even harder! Applied March 2019...interviewed June 2019...received tentative offer August 2019!!!! Waiting again on final offer!!! The anticipation is crazy!!! You will likely drive yourself nuts wondering what the final outcome is...

    Interview Questions

    • 2 math questions. 2 accounting questions. 3 situational questions.   Answer Question
    • There are 3 people you interview with. One in person and 2 over the phone. They take turns asking you questions. They give you writing paper.   Answer Question

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