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Much of the nation's infrastructure was built on the proverbial back of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). In the 19th and 20th centuries, it built coastal fortifications, improved harbors, eliminated navigation hazards on key rivers, surveyed roads and ... Read more

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    I have been working at US Army Corps of Engineers full-time

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    Excellent work-life balance
    Flexible hours depending on supervisor
    Abundance of developmental opportunities

    Cons

    Working for the federal government can be slow and tedious

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    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at US Army Corps of Engineers.

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    The vacancy was out of state, therefore, as a current federal employee, the interview was held via telephone by a panel. They each asked several questions in a round robin (each asking one question and the next interviewer would ask one, then the next, etc.) type forum. After all the questions were answered I was asked if I had any questions for them. I had a few basic questions which included who I would be working for, environment type, hours and if they can describe what an average day would be like.
    After the initial interview, I followed up with a thank you note on the SAME DAY, and another follow up note the ONE WEEK LATER. Make certain to get the correct spelling of everyone’s name and their title. The few minutes it takes are worth its weight in gold! After 2 weeks, I received an email (in reply to the one I sent) and I was invited for a second in-person interview. The airfare, hotel, taxi and food were paid for and did not cost me anything.
    The in person interview went very well. I sat in the office of the Chief and he informed me about the position including all of its pros and cons. He then asked several questions related to my experience and background. I was then given a tour of the facility, met the people I would be working with and the space where I would be working (if selected). All those I met were friendly, professional and welcoming. Overall, it was a very good interview and I left with positive feelings and wanting the position if it was offered-- which it was offered 2 weeks later and I happily accepted it! REMEMBER to send another thank you letter for the in-person interview. This will help you stand out from the rest and help them to remember you!
    I hope this review helped. REMEMBER, if you want to be hired for a federal job, know the rules of 4: be PATIENT, PERSISTENT, POSITIVE and most of all, do not be PUT OFF! Keep applying to all jobs that you are qualified for and with the above attitude-- you will succeed. Wishing you the BEST! :)

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    • The best advise I can give here is to read the vacancy posting and get a feel for the duties. The questions are usually more than one part each. Therefore, listen carefully, try to remember each part of the question (ask them to repeat the question if you need them to), answer the best you can and most important is to give examples related to current or previous job.   1 Answer
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US Army Corps of Engineers Awards & Accolades

  • Top 20 Government Employers - Readers' Choice, Equal Opportunity Publications, 2012
  • Most Admired Companies for Minority Professionals, Hispanic Engineer, 2009
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