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US Geological Survey Physical Science Technician Interview Questions

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Physical Science Technician Interview

Anonymous Employee
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Application

I applied through other source. I interviewed at US Geological Survey.

Interview

I was nominated to apply based on my performance at an undergraduate field course in geology. after being nominated, I submitted a cover letter, official transcripts to the NAGT. From there, I was matched with four potential projects and completed phone interviews with each project director. I was selected for two, chose one and then had to complete hiring materials for employment with the federal government (fingerprinting at location over 1 hr. away, extremely detailed employment history, surveys pertaining to my character sent to 3 different acquaintances).

Interview Questions

  • most questions were about my academic/professional goals and what I hoped to get out of the internship. Emphasis was also placed on discussion of my past research/field/lab experiences   Answer Question

Negotiation

No negotiation. It was an internship and I was hired at the standard level of GS-5.

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    Physical Science Technician Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at US Geological Survey (Menlo Park, CA) in March 2011.

    Interview

    Most people find jobs through networking (e.g. talking to a professor who knows someone at the USGS). Jobs for people straight out of undergrad are fairly rare

    I was one of the few who applied online on a whim and actually got a job. Most of the time people merely put postings online because it's required and already have someone in mind. My interview/hiring went fairly quick for the government--I applied in early February, heard back in early March and after a couple rounds of emails and two phone interviews got the job. But seriously, the best way to get in is to work as an undergrad and get hired or have connections.

    Interview Questions

    • Not the exact phrasing, but why should we pick you over the like hundred people who applied   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    There's not much negotiating to be had. You get paid however much your project has--some people start at gs-5 (38k, which is extremely low in the bay area, but at least you have great benefits and real vacation), others gs-7, a few start at 5 and get promoted in a year or two. Most don't stay on longer than 3-4 years and either go to the private sector or off to grad school


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