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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Interview Questions

Updated Jul 5, 2018
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    Police Officer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Springfield, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 12+ months. I interviewed at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (Springfield, VA) in September 2011.

    Interview

    The interview process was about what one should expect, in regards to working in a Top Secret/SCI position. There is the obligatory online application first, then Medical Exam, Physical Efficiency Battery, Drug Screen, Oral Board, Poly, etc. The culmination is a trip to a federal law enforcement academy, then back to whatever location you are assigned to. Then reality sets in.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your greatest weakness?   1 Answer

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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Fort Belvoir, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (Fort Belvoir, VA).

    Interview

    A panel of four interviewers asked questions verbatim from a written list. The panel was friendly but very formal. There were four questions, one for each panel member. Each of the four panel members wrote down everything I said. The interview lasted 30 minutes so there was little time for discussion or establishing rapport.

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    Internship Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

    Interview

    Interview was very strange. I was sent an online link where I recorded myself interviewing. There was no other person on the other side. I was just answering questions for a recording, which made it difficult to gauge how the interview was going.

    Interview Questions

    • I had to look at their core mission and select which section applied to me the best and explain.   2 Answers

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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 12+ months. I interviewed at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in December 2015.

    Interview

    The interview was conducted by a panel that asked behavioral questions in the form of, "tell me about a time when you," and usually involved a process improvement, correcting or resolving an error, or overcoming a challenge. Only one interview was conducted for this position.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when you had to confront an ethical dilemma. What was the situation and what did you do?   1 Answer

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    Imagery Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (Saint Louis, MO).

    Interview

    Phone screening: The conversation lasted about 20 minutes. The interviewer was blunt, very straightforward, and had little-to-no personality. I wasn't sure what to expect, but appreciated the brevity of the conversation. The interviewer seemed to appreciate the succinctness of my responses.

    Interview Questions

    • Phone screening: Expect to be asked about current world events, remote sensing, problem solving, the future of the GIS industry, and national security priorities.

      1 on 1 or panel interview: Expect to be asked your motivation for applying, your five-year career goals, what is your favorite book and why, basic problem solving scenarios (be sure to think aloud), and more questions about how GIS can help solve global security problems.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    If you have a graduate degree in a sought after field, negotiate to enter employment as a Pay Band 3.


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    Imaging Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 8+ months. I interviewed at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in January 2016.

    Interview

    I did two online video taped interviews before my offer. The process was okay, but its the government and took so long I twice gave up on the job because I assumed I wouldn't get an offer

    Interview Questions


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    Attorney Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (Bethesda, MD) in November 2011.

    Interview

    In person panel interview by the supervisor and three other employees in the same office. Each panel member took a turn asking questions. The questions were prescripted. It was a relatively formal interview process but not a stressful environment. In total I think the interview probably lasted about one hour. However, because of the clearance requirement, it took a while to hear back, and took several months after accepting the position to actually get a start date.

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    Legal Counsel Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (New York, NY).

    Interview

    After submitting a written application, I was called for a one hour, structured interview. One of the interview team members was present in the room and three others were on VTC in another location.

    Interview Questions

    • Most questions were scenario based. Given these facts, what is your legal analysis.   Answer Question

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    Public Affairs Officer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 9+ months. I interviewed at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (Bethesda, MD) in December 2012.

    Interview

    The interview was intense. The panelists were arrogant and condescending -- should have been a warning to me. The *panel was comprised of a diverse group: two women -- one white, one Asian -- three men -- white, Asian and black. The questions were practically a series of gotchas that didn't dig very deep into my competencies. *There is so much concern for diversity at NGA that incompetence is accepted as long as there's diversity.

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    Geospatial Analyst Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    It was long. 5 hours long.

    For one, they flew me from St. Louis to their home-base in Virginia. This caused me to have to take off 2 days of work, with such little notice, it of course required lying to my current employer - which is never something you want to do if you are uncertain of a job. They pay for the flight right off the bat and then they will reimburse you for your hotel and rental car at a later date - it took almost a month.

    The interview itself was broken into 5 parts:
    1. Introduction to the NGA! You get to watch a few slides explaining what the NGA is and does (all unclassified, of course) and you get to ask a member of senior management some questions after they explain their journey to the NGA with you.

    This next part sees you broken up into two groups - my group was broken down into essentially men and women - most of the men (and one woman) went in one group, while the women (and two men) were in another - still not sure if this was done intentionally or not.

    The following was my order:

    2. Group exercise. We were herded into a room where four people with clipboards and one very enthusiastic dude introduced us to the group experiment - kind of. We went around, introduced ourselves to each other and watched the people with the clipboards write things down - nerve inducing. Our group exercise, was a stack of pictures. You are NOT allowed to look at each others pictures. You are supposed to figure out what they are/represent and figure out what to do with them. The answer is they are a "Zoom in" photos, you need to figure out who has the furthest out and furthest in and where everyone else goes in between. My group did very well.

    3. The Tour. This is where they make you very jealous of the facility. You get to see the facade, and nothing more. The building was expensive - which should some up the tour for you.

    4. Interview # 1 - This is where they ask you personal questions - "How have you handled" - "How would you handle", etc. They give you a piece of laminated paper that you read the 6 - 10 questions off of and are then given 10 minutes to answer them...except the interviewers insist on reading the questions to you - even though you just read them - cutting into your time. So be aware that they will do that.

    5. Interview #2 - The "Technical Brief" and the technical questions. The best advice I can give to you on the technical brief is to choose something you are passionate about that has ANYTHING to do with national security. The very first question after you give you "5 minute brief" is why you CHOSE that topic. They will go into detail asking about the brief. So don't choose something because you think it might impress them.

    Interview Questions

    • Have you ever solved a problem in a creative or innovative way?   2 Answers
    • Name 3 things every leader should have, and why?   Answer Question

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