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TSA (Transportation Security Administration) Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 02, 2014
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Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Transportation Security Officer Interview

Transportation Security Officer
Egg Harbor Township, NJ (US)

I applied through another source and the process took 12 months - interviewed at TSA (Transportation Security Administration) in March 2014.

Interview Details It went by pretty quickly but there were other things that I had to do. Such as taking a vision test and color test, and getting finger printed. They asked situational question like, problem and solving questions. It was fairly easy! And the people who work there were very friendly! The hiring process took a long time. It took them 7 months after I accepted the contingent offer to contact me for an Airport Assessment/interview. The medical evaluation took me 4 months, because they wanted to know more about my personal medical history. During the time I waited for the airport assessment, I completed the e86 form, that didn't clear till after my medical evaluation cleared. So I would say so far, the hiring process took me a year and 6 months. Now I'm waiting for the Entry On Duty/orientation. Its a very long process but I think its work the wait.

Negotiation Details – I haven't gotten that far. However, they don't seem like they will negotiate your salary


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Tso Interview

Tso
San Jose, CA (US)

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 8 months - interviewed at TSA (Transportation Security Administration).

Interview Details the interview process was the same as all job interview. Where you come in and seat on front of a person. They ask questions then you would answer them.

Interview Question – nothing at all   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – there was no negotiation process at all.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Transportation Security Specialist Interview

Transportation Security Specialist
Arlington, VA (US)

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at TSA (Transportation Security Administration).

Interview Details For all TSA positions, you will need to use USAJobs. com and complete the online application. If your application is referred to the next stage, you will get an interview (unless the office decided to conduct no interviews). Interview jobs will vary depending on the position you are applying for. After the interview stage, you will get a telephone call from the Manager for the position you applied for with a TSA offer and that will be followed-up with a written offer to include your pay and tentative start date.

Interview Question – Questions will depend on the position you applied for. In my case, most interviews have been the "scenario" type....what would you do in this example situation OR you may get the scenario provided...how did you handle it.....why did you chose to handle this way and what was the outcome?   Answer Question


No Offer

Negative Experience

Very Difficult Interview

TSA OFFICER Interview

TSA OFFICER
New York, NY (US)

Interviewed at TSA (Transportation Security Administration)

Interview Details Everything is easy except the imaging test and interview process. As for the interview, the questions "sound" easy but they expect you to answer what "they" want to hear. It really depends on who is interviewing you. It might be easy for one person but difficult for another. BTW If you are a female, you have a MUCH better chance of passing it. They want to even out the male/female ratio.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Transportation Security Officer Interview

Transportation Security Officer

I applied online and the process took 10 months - interviewed at TSA (Transportation Security Administration) in December 2013.

Interview Details It is easy to pass

Interview Question – The hiring process can take up to a year   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation.


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

TSO (Transportation Security Officer) Interview

TSO (Transportation Security Officer)

I applied online and the process took 11 months - interviewed at TSA (Transportation Security Administration) in September 2012.

Interview Details Mostly done online as you progress through different stages/ Background check/Drug screen/Interview/ Credit check, etc

Interview Question – Discuss a negative situation and how you handled it.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

TSA OFFICER Interview

TSA OFFICER

I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at TSA (Transportation Security Administration).

Interview Details Easy process. Long training. A month in a classroom.

Negotiation Details – No negotiation


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

TSA OFFICER Interview

TSA OFFICER

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at TSA (Transportation Security Administration).

Interview Details Easy stuff. Do some tests, easy to pass

Negotiation Details – No negotiation


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Lead Transportation Security Officer Interview

Lead Transportation Security Officer
Houston, TX (US)

I applied online and the process took 12 months - interviewed at TSA (Transportation Security Administration) in September 2010.

Interview Details They no longer hire Leads [internal] Just pass the test and answer some short questions.

Interview Question – None; all related to job functions and pay.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Nothing...was starting at Lead pay. Right now can not negotiate pay.


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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Transportation Security Officer Interview

Transportation Security Officer
Portland, OR (US)

I applied online and the process took a year or more - interviewed at TSA (Transportation Security Administration) in August 2012.

Interview Details It is a long process that can take anywhere from 3 months to 1.5 years. They want to make sure you are physically, emotionally, and intellectually able to do the job. There are several steps to complete. Do them each as soon as possible to get through the process quickly.

Be patient. I had not heard from the TSA for 4 months and thought I had been disqualified. Then they randomly called me one day and offered me a job. This will happen many times throughout the process.

Negotiation Details – Negotiation was not an option. Everyone enters with the same salary. I would advise anyone who receives an offer to ask themselves why they want the job. If the answer is for a career with TSA, I would advise against it. Most officers are at the TSA to either get retirement or to move into another Federal agency. Almost no one wants to stay there. Everyone on the floor is trying to get out or waiting until they can retire.

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