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US Census Bureau Interview Questions

Updated Mar 17, 2017
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  1.  

    Special Sworn Status Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    Public Trust Interview
    Investigator came and re-covered every item from the SF85-P, just a bit deeper and to verify accuracy.
    She was very courteous and enjoyable to talk to.
    Much lower stress than anticipated.

    Interview Questions

    • Same as SF85-P
      Basic identification, background, and demographics
      Citizenship
      Past and present residences, with references
      Past and present jobs, with references
      Past and present education, with references
      Family members and contact
      Present personal references
      Military history
      International travel
      Crime and drug history
      Financial records
      etc...  
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  2.  

    Field Survey Technician Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Goodyear, AZ
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at US Census Bureau (Goodyear, AZ) in July 2015.

    Interview

    Standardized Test - In the area of Math, Logic, Supervisory, etc. 30 mins to complete with other applicants in a classroom setting. Passing was a very small percentage of the complete test. Better scores (sometimes aided by veteran status) gave a better chance of being hired. 5 points or 10 points given for veteran or disabled veteran status respectively.

    Interview Questions


  3.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Suitland, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at US Census Bureau (Suitland, MD) in June 2015.

    Interview

    I interviewed in-person with three managers in my office of interest. They asked questions primarily about my relevant experience and we made friendly small talk. I knew one of the employees on their team and I got the job offer via email seven days after interviewing. Arrive at least 30 minutes early to get through parking and building security and find your interview location; the Suitland building is huge.

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    Economist Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at US Census Bureau (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    Job market paper presentation followed by numerous individual meetings. Lots of smart, collegiate people. Very supportive, open work environment. Everyone seemed to be raving about their supervisor, which is always a good sign.

    Interview Questions


  6.  

    Pathways Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Suitland, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at US Census Bureau (Suitland, MD).

    Interview

    Interviewed with the supervisor over the project. It took about 30min. I think behavioral questions are reserved for interviews with HR. There is no salary negotiations. They stick to the pay grade scale.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work here? Explain XY on your resume. What is your availability? Are you familiar with this data set and/or method? Are you local?   2 Answers

    Negotiation

    No negotiations. They stick to a scale.


  7.  

    Census Taker Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Wake Forest, NC
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at US Census Bureau (Wake Forest, NC) in February 2015.

    Interview

    Your called from someone in Atlanta then have to do a 1 hour test with black pencil. Then you have to do mock interview. It is an almost all day event for a 5 week job.

    Interview Questions

    • They gave you sample mock interview as if you were going to a house.   1 Answer

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    Crew Leader Assistant Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at US Census Bureau (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    I was first contacted to do a phone interview that was relatively easy. We discussed practical matters such as my work history, living location, and transportation. Once I completed that initial contact I was given the location of the first of several trainings for the position. The training in itself served as an interview for the Crew Leaders and Director to analyze the candidates for potential new hires.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    There was not much to negotiate, because the rates were pretty set.


  9. Helpful (2)  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at US Census Bureau.

    Interview

    Watch for announcement or frequent the web page for exam dates. Take the test to get an interview which is usually over the phone. For the most part these jobs are easy if you have a personality that likes to interact with people of all kinds. I have worked 8 different operations with the census and all of they were enjoyable.

    Negotiation

    The hours and wages are pre determined so no negotiation involved.


  10. Helpful (2)  

    Field Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Miami, FL
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at US Census Bureau (Miami, FL) in October 2014.

    Interview

    The process too actually get a test date was a few weeks long. Took the test and had an immediate interview. Was told that I should hear back from the Bureau in a few weeks or call we were told at the site that the position only offers 20-30 hours a month, yes month so this is really a part time job.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you have a problem going into some rough neighborhood's   1 Answer

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    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at US Census Bureau.

    Interview

    You had to call the local office and register to take the test. Once you took the test, if you passed, they called you for a phone interview. If you were chosen, they call you with training info. The training was one week, paid, classroom setting at a local church's annex room. The supervisor was great, and chooses a "group leader" at the end of training, to act in their absence. Fellow workers were all very pleasant, and a lot of its forged friendships. Older, younger, unemployed as well as vets and students all worked.

    Interview Questions

    • Are you comfortable going door to door?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    No negotiation, flat pay based on region.


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Star Star Star Star Star   Former Crew Leader Assistant in Rex, GA

Pros: “Excellent pay and ability to set your own schedule. Was able to work with great people.”“Excellent pay and ability to set your own schedule. Was able to work with great people.” – Full Review

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