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US Department of State Interview Questions

Updated Jul 17, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    After a long application process, I received a phone call from my future advisor and answered a number of questions about my interests and commitment. I then was required to undergo a security clearance background check. This involved a very long and detailed form, several phone interviews, and an in person interview. In the weeks leading up to the internship, I received a final notice of acceptance to the position and confirmations that I had received my security clearance.

    Interview Questions

    • Will you be able to commit full time to this position over the summer?   Answer Question

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    Administrative Assistant Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at US Department of State (Washington, DC) in May 2015.

    Interview

    The interview process was welcoming. The interviewers were very polite and asked fair questions as it related to the job announcement. It made it very easy to answer the questions and the environment was very calm. The questions were focused on my previous work experience and how well I was able to manage individual schedules.

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    Foreign Service Health Practitioner Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at US Department of State (Washington, DC) in April 2015.

    Interview

    Interview consisted of a 1-2 page essay, a 60 point questionaire. After you are done with that you go on to the oral assessment lasting about 2-3 hours. Interviewers were friendly and made it comfortable yet formal. Many of the interview questions required alot of though and they are designed to assess your capability to problem solve, communicate in an effective manner and how knowledgeable you are in your field. Fairly pleasant experience.


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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at US Department of State.

    Interview

    The hiring process is all online so have a strong application because there was no interview. Your application can be reviewed by all agencies by Once selected, you must undergo a background check that will last around 3 months. You can only start and complete the internship if you pass the background check. Submit all documentation for the background check as quick as possible to ensure its completion before school starts.

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  5. Helpful (1)  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at US Department of State.

    Interview

    Apply 6 months ahead of start date on USAjobs. You do not need any connections or networking, which is really nice. Got emails from the bureaus I was interested in, Brasilia and Lisbon. Scheduled a phone interview for the crack of dawn. Language skills are a massive plus as well as a background of volunteer work. If you really want the internship apply to one of the less popular areas like smaller European countries or even better Africa.

    Interview Questions

    • What do you know about the position/Department of State? (Question wasnt meant to be an "interview" question though)   Answer Question
    • We have a native Portuguese speaker here who will speak with you to gauge your fluency...   1 Answer

  6. Helpful (1)  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    Pretty straightforward. Applied on USA Jobs and heard back in a few months. Had a phone interview and then got my COE. I then waited a few months to get my security clearance, and once received, I was off running.

    Interview Questions

    • If you had a few minutes with the Secretary of State, what would you say are the challenges facing U.S. Diplomacy today?   Answer Question

  7. Helpful (1)  

    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Interview

    Most of the jobs in the gs 12-14 range are pre-cooked for people already. Still it is worth taking a chance but dont be too disappointed. Jobs can be pulled and readvertized until the right person gets it. But for about 30 to 40 percent of the jobs there is no internal candidate.

    Interview Questions

    • Please explain how x on your resume meets the goals of the job   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Very difficult to negotiate - they have sops which determine what they will offer.

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    ICASS Administrative Support Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at US Department of State.

    Interview

    I sent in my application via USAJobs, and I was contacted after two weeks to set up a phone interview. My interviewer clearly did not read my resume. The interview stopped after I mentioned I had not previously used SharePoint. I was discouraged, particularly because I explained that I managed projects and developed websites in my previous positions. It wasn't going to be a good match.

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  9. Helpful (8)  

    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Written test, essay, interview, medical and security clearances. Multi-step process took almost a year. Had to travel to DC for the interview on my own dime. Lots of competition. I was prepared for the interview and made it through to a job offer on my first try. Process was fair and now is a point of bonding among my colleagues.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Take it or leave it


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    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at US Department of State in December 2014.

    Interview

    The whole interview process was simple and done over e-mail. I was contacted by a staffer in the office and completed an over the computer interview. The most complicated part of the process was getting the background check and security clearance, which was difficult because of how long it took.

    Interview Questions

    • When would you be able to start? Can you commit to the full 10 weeks?   1 Answer

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StarStarStarStarStar   Former Foreign Affairs Officer in Washington, DC

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