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U.S. Government Accountability Office Interview Questions

Updated Mar 3, 2017
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    Analyst Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at U.S. Government Accountability Office (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    Interview session was brief but professional. Interview took place in a panel format, and included mid to senior level management personnel. Questions were direct and directly attributable to the skills required as part of the job.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us about a time you had to deal with a difficult team member.   Answer Question
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    Anonymous Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at U.S. Government Accountability Office (Washington, DC) in February 2017.

    Interview

    Over the phone, there were three people and it was not bad. It lasted about 30 minutes, started with an explanation of the agency/department, and then they started asking me questions. At the end I was allowed time to ask them a few questions as well. Their questions mostly involved working on a team, but their were also questions that involved my general experiences.

    Interview Questions

    • When was a time that you had to deal with a difficult customer?   Answer Question
    • When was a time you had to write a report, and how did you respond to feedback?   Answer Question
  3.  

    Intern Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at U.S. Government Accountability Office (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    I applied online and interviewed via conference call with the organization. It was around an hour or perhaps an hour and a half, which went by really quickly! I had the opportunity to talk about my experiences, but also ask some questions about working for the organization, which I greatly appreciated. It would have been great to intern there, but practical problems with moving away from my family made that quite difficult. I would highly recommend to others though!

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    Summer Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Richardson, TX
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at U.S. Government Accountability Office (Richardson, TX) in November 2016.

    Interview

    The interview was conducted over the phone. I was a panel of two people asking the questions. The interview immediately went into asking question about my skills and experience, not beating around the bush. One person mainly asked the questions while listened and took notes. They also elaborated on their past experiences and the various agency they worked with prior to working with the GAO.

    Interview Questions

    • 1. Are you a team player? 2. What do you know about the GAO? 3. Have you been contributing to teamwork during classes? 4. In what manner have you been contributing? 5. Are you willing to work on assignments that have nothing to do with your job description? 6. Have you ever given oral and written presentations? 7. What kind of written presentations did you write? 8. Who did you present the reports too?   1 Answer
    • I wrote executive summaries and reports that consisted of 10 to 12 pages.   Answer Question
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    Data Analyst Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at U.S. Government Accountability Office (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    I applied for a full-time employee position through the USAJobs [dot] gov website. A few weeks after the position closed, I received a phone call to schedule a phone interview. A week or so later, I was contacted to schedule a face-to-face interview. About two weeks later, I was told that I was not selected... and I was relieved at that news.

    The online application process is fairly easy: create a profile, load pertinent documentation (cover letter, transcripts, etc.), and you can apply to positions.

    The phone interview went fairly well. I spoke with three people (an HR representative, an assistant director, and a data analyst) for approximately 45 minutes answering some basic questions about my experience and expanding on what was in my resume.

    The face-to-face interview was a different story. It consisted of two panel interviews, each with three people. The first panel interview was the "technical" interview and the second was more "administrative" in nature. The "technical" interview consisted of three people (a senior data analyst and two assistant directors), the "administrative" interview also consisted of four people (an HR representative, two assistant directors, and a data analyst).

    The "technical" interview started off well. I was asked my experience with using SQL and SAS, and there was some discussion about using other programs such as Stata. About half way through, one of the interviewers became hostile with their line of questioning: he began mocking my experience; he interrupted one of the other interviewer while she was asking me a question to interject his opinion, not allowing her to finish her question or for me to reply; and, his body language, tone of voice, and attitude definitely showed his lack of professionalism. I have experience dealing with hostile people in the workplace, but this was disconcerting since this behavior is not typical of any interview process in which I have participated. As someone who has been working in the "data analytics space" for 10 years, this turned me off to the agency and the job, especially since this hostile person would have been part of the on-boarding and training process for this job.

    The "administrative" interview was a repeat of the phone interview: reviewing my resume, asking some questions about my pay, experience with dealing with conflicting deadlines, etc., nothing too difficult and the people were much friendlier. To be honest, however, the damage was done in the first face-to-face interview session and I had already decided to not accept a job offer if one were to be extended.

    As I mentioned in my opening paragraph, I was relieved to not receive a job offer because I had already determined to not accept it. Why? Because turning down a job for a Federal government agency can be looked upon negatively if you apply to that same agency in the future.

    Would I apply to the GAO in the future? Possibly. They do some interesting work, but nothing that is groundbreaking: they are a glorified business analytics group writ large.

    Interview Questions

    • Have you ever dealt with large datasets?   1 Answer
    • What statistical software do you use? Describe your experience with SQL and SAS.   1 Answer
    • Have you ever presented research findings to managers or higher-level leadership?   1 Answer
    • Describe how you manage your time and work load with multiple, competing tasks and deadlines.   1 Answer
  7.  

    Summer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at U.S. Government Accountability Office (Pittsburgh, PA) in February 2016.

    Interview

    I first applied to the U.S. Government Accountability Office via the USA Jobs website in November 2015. After about 90 days, I was notified via email of my selection for an interview that would take place the first week of February. The actual interview consisted of a 90-minute phone call with a panel of interviewers calling in from across the country. A current employee welcomed me to the call and answered any question I had about the agency or position. After about another 4 weeks, an offer was made via email.

    Interview Questions

    • Please describe how your previous research and analytical experiences will help you in role.   Answer Question
  8.  

    Summer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at U.S. Government Accountability Office (Seattle, WA) in January 2016.

    Interview

    Very smooth interview. Interviewers consist of a panel of 2 to 3 directors. They have a booklet that includes the standard questions they ask any interviewee. Prepare very well before the interview, they are impressed if you show them that you are serious about the position.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a challenge you faced while working in teams and how you were able to overcome it   Answer Question
  9.  

    Security Specialist Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at U.S. Government Accountability Office (Washington, DC) in January 2016.

    Interview

    Phone Interview, One to One Interview, Group Interview, Waiting for the result in 4 months.
    At his stage, the recruiter will review your resume, and gauge whether you fit the requirements of the company. Be prepared to discuss your background, education and experience; you will be required to provide and detail relevant information about your professional past. A time that is mutually acceptable by both parties may be set for the next stage.

    Interview Questions

    • what is your Salary expectations?   1 Answer
  10.  

    Intern - Hourly Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at U.S. Government Accountability Office in January 2016.

    Interview

    Submitted and application on USA jobs. Contacted several months afterward for a three-person phone interview. Interview lasted about an hour, with all three interviewers asking questions about my background, graduate coursework, and willingness to come to DC. After the interview, I did not hear from them for about two weeks, then received an email about a background check.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time when you worked in a team.
      Describe a time when you were involved in a team conflict.
      Provide an example of a written report you worked on in a team, and how you responded to feedback.  
      Answer Question
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 8+ months. I interviewed at U.S. Government Accountability Office (San Diego, CA).

    Interview

    I interviewed over the phone. it was about an hour long, with one entry level greeter who answers any of your questions. he/she doesn t have power over your hiring so you can ask anything. then three people at the management level interviewed me asking for examples.to support my answer

    Interview Questions

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