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Working at U.S. Government Accountability Office

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is making sure that taxpayers get their money's worth from the government. Formerly known as the General Accounting Office, the Government Accountability Office is the investigative arm of Congress, and, as the name ... Read more

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    I have been working at U.S. Government Accountability Office full-time (More than 5 years)

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    High quality people and projects. Work/life balance is an agency priority. GAO has broad access to federal agency information, and there are many opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    The organization is extremely risk-averse and process-focused, which can impact delivery and diminish the impact of the work. Pay is at least 10 percent below market value.

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U.S. Government Accountability Office Interviews

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    Financial Audit Inern Interview

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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at U.S. Government Accountability Office in May 2017.

    Interview

    I applied through USA JOBS months back. About 3 weeks ago I got an email inviting me for an interview. Last week I had the interview. It was over the phone with a Director in the D.C. office, and an Assistant Director in the Dallas Office. The interview lasted a little over an hour. They were really nice, and seemed interested in what I was saying, even though I'm sure they had much more important things to do that day than listen to me. It was just a really cool experience to be able to talk to these people who have been with GAO for a long time, and are pretty high up on some high profile government agency financial audits. Even if I hadn't been offered an internship, I would still have positive things to say about that interview! It was just so cool to hear about their experience, and some of the things they have had the opportunity to work on.

    Interview Questions

    • They ask a lot of questions about your experience working on teams, your role on those teams, and how you handled conflict while working on a team project. Be prepared with a few different examples.   Answer Question
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U.S. Government Accountability Office Awards & Accolades

  • Best Places To Work in the Federal Government (Large), Partnership for Public Service, 2009

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