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US Department of State Interview Questions

Updated Jul 22, 2017
160 Interview Reviews

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    CSC Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    personal interview in their offices in Rome. They will ask you to go over your curriculum and report your experiences. Also they will ask why you are applying, why now, what you plan next and what are your expectations. Not hard. The head of office is going to ask you in english about your life and preparation, still easy.

    Interview Questions

    • how can you contribute to the office activities   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    No negotiation, they give you nothing


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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at US Department of State.

    Interview

    Applied for a summer intern position in late October/early November of the preceding year through USAJobs.gov. Got a call from the office's Director in mid-December offering me a position as an Intern--no interview. Position required a security clearance, so I submitted the necessary paperwork (a 30-page form documenting previous residences, international travel, criminal activity, drug use, financial troubles, etc.) in mid-January. Was interviewed by an investigator regarding that paperwork in mid-March. That interview lasted about 30-45 minutes and served to confirm/clarify the details on the form. Was granted security clearance by late April to start internship in late May.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at US Department of State (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    Very tedious online application - you need to submit your resume on top of filling in your resume information into their own specific resume builder. You will also submit a statement of purpose, and this is very important. Moreover, you need to give detailed info for clearance.

    Interview Questions

    • Phone interview Qs: tell us a time you had to deal with a difficult person. Please introduce yourself in the foreign language you are studying.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Through email - very understanding - but they want full time interns. The minimum is 10 weeks and maximum is 14 weeks. Usually 8:30am to 5pm. Need strong writing and analytical skills.


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    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at US Department of State.

    Interview

    I can only tell you about the Civil Service route. Applying to the state department online can be very difficult, unless you have veterans points, qualify for disabilities points, or applying through your college or university. The process no matter is very competitive for civil service jobs. The interview was pretty basic once I was contacted by a hiring director, the interview was similar to most interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing was difficult once I made to the interview. The best advice I can give is to start applying through a fellowship, or internship program.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Pay based on education and years of experience. Unless worked for another agency your prior exp wont likely count.


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    Summer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at US Department of State.

    Interview

    1 phone interview: relatively easy, mostly behavioral and concerning my thoughts/opinions about current events.

    Interview Questions

    • Asked me to explain succinctly the events that were currently going on in the Middle East.   Answer Question

  6. Helpful (2)  

    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Very based on who you know and on getting referred by an insider.

    Interview Questions

    • "Imagine you arrive at the office and learn of a major natural disaster, refugees are crossing international borders, people are dying, etc., etc. - what do you do?"   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    No negotiation at all. It was a take it or leave it offer, with the HR person stating out loud that he has a stack of 500 other qualified people he can call next if I don't like the offered salary.


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    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    It's a test -- and it's changed since I've come in, so I can't give much info.

    Interview Questions

    • The interview questions are easy if you aren't an idiot.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    None

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Long application process, but no interview required. My references weren't contacted either. I don't know if this is typical for the State Department or specific to my bureau, but I submitted my application at the beginning of November and had an internship offer by mid-December.


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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at US Department of State.

    Interview

    The Hiring process was quick. However, the security clearance took awhile.

    Interview Questions

    • No difficult or unexpected question. They all pertained to the position and my availability.   Answer Question

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer

    Interview

    Applied online, you can track your progress and see how far you go into the process.

    Interview Questions


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