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US Department of State FSO Interview Questions

Updated Jul 22, 2017
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FSO Interview

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

Application

I applied online. The process took 12+ months. I interviewed at US Department of State (Washington, DC).

Interview

Foreign service exam, essays, group and individual interviews, waiting list. This is a fixed, long and complex process - with less than 5% of original applicants making it off of the waiting list. The total time can be 12-24 months, and you can retry the exam if you fall out of the process. In the end, it is worth the wait, as the job is a unique lifestyle and opportunity.

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    FSO Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at US Department of State.

    Interview

    The hiring process is ardous and long. The written exam is meritorious, but it seems the oral exams are completely arbitrary! Once you are hired, then the security clearance could take a while. Finally, you get your medical clearance check, and it may turn out that you are not qualified for the job due to medical reasons.

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    FSO Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at US Department of State (Washington, DC) in March 2013.

    Interview

    Completed written test, passed the personal narratives, and was invited to the full-day oral assessments (OA). OA was a true experience that cannot be replicated outside of the testing environment.

    Interview Questions

    • Typical behavior based interview questions for the SI portion. The Group Exercise was challenging due to the limited time and cramped spaces to work.   Answer Question
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    FSO Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at US Department of State (Washington, DC) in January 2013.

    Interview

    It was too long. Once you pass through the selection stages and background, you go on a list.... which means that you may or may not get a job. If you fall off the list, it's a huge waste of time. It's also a major point to not interview at all.

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    • What color are your socks? How did you get here this morning? Do you read different kinds of script?   1 Answer

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    FSO Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 12+ months. I interviewed at US Department of State (Washington, DC) in June 2011.

    Interview

    Lengthly oral exam that lasts a full day. Involves a group exercise, traditional interview, and a writing exercise. The exam itself is long, but some of the other people in my group were very strange. Stay off the internet when preparing--lots of crazies out there who seem very interesting in the FS hiring process.

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