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US Department of State Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 31, 2014
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Getting an Interview  

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Interview Experience  

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70 candidate interviews
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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Intern Interview

Intern

I applied online and interviewed at US Department of State.

Interview Details Apply via USAJobs; it's fairly specific, but beyond the brochure it isn't necessarily clear what the position will entail. I had a special website I was able to look at, which was a gigantic help, but that is far from true for other interns, especially in more obscure offices. The interview was fairly straightforward.

Interview Question – No unexpected questions.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Fulbright Interview

Fulbright

I applied online and the process took 5 months - interviewed at US Department of State in March 2013.

Interview Details One interview (via video Skype) with representatives from the State Dept and the US Embassy in the country I was applying for. It was only 30 minutes, most questions coming from the US Embassy officers. The interview was far less difficult and labor intensive than the application packet and essays required to reach that stage of the process.

Interview Question – Tell us about an instance where a cultural misunderstanding caused a problem and how you dealt with it.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – You do not negotiate.


No Offer

Negative Experience

Difficult Interview

Information Management Specialist Interview

Information Management Specialist
Washington, DC (US)

I applied online - interviewed at US Department of State in June 2014.

Interview Details Lengthy interview and they dont get to tell you where you went wrong. Funny that they decide a pass or fail, and just hand you a letter....worst kind of interview.

Interview Question – They asked me why I wanted the job and why I feel suited for the position. I wouldn't want the job if I had not taken the time to avail myself for the interview!!   View Answer


2 people found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

FSO Interview

FSO

I applied through college or university and interviewed at US Department of State.

Interview Details The hiring process is ardous and long. The written exam is meritorious, but it seems the oral exams are completely arbitrary! Once you are hired, then the security clearance could take a while. Finally, you get your medical clearance check, and it may turn out that you are not qualified for the job due to medical reasons.

Interview Question – How do you get an American out of a foreign jail?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – none


2 people found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Intern Interview

Intern
New York, NY (US)

I applied online and interviewed at US Department of State.

Interview Details The application process is pretty rigorous, as are all security clearance positions. After you complete your initial application package, you will be contacted for a phone interview. My phone interview was actually pretty brief - they already knew they wanted me and just wanted to verify that I was still interested in the position. Of course, I said yes. The security clearance paperwork following the interview was the most tedious - you really need to know every place you've ever lived at and the dates, etc., as well as everywhere outside of the U.S. that you have travelled, the dates, whom you were with, etc.


2 people found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Public Affairs Officer Intern Interview

Public Affairs Officer Intern

I interviewed at US Department of State in December 2013.

Interview Details Applied online through USA Jobs website and was contacted via email by the post after about a month. The interview process was quite easy and mostly had questions regarding my availability and previous experience. I was able to ask many questions about what type of work I would be doing.

Interview Question – Why are you the best candidate for this position?   Answer Question


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Chief Engineer Interview

Chief Engineer
Washington, DC (US)

I applied online and the process took 8 months - interviewed at US Department of State in October 2010.

Interview Details Must be a veteran! Otherwise you won't be considered for employment. The "cert" requires you to have been a veteran. Ten points guarantees you a job, having served in a war zone.

Interview Question – Why do you want to work here/   Answer Question


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Financial Analyst Interview

Financial Analyst

Interviewed at US Department of State

Interview Details In depth interview process. They will bring you through a tough process and compare you to other people. This is government so its a people organization. People skills are valued as much as professional viability.

Negotiation Details – swift


1 person found this helpful

Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Passport Specialist Interview

Passport Specialist
San Francisco, CA (US)

I applied through another source and the process took 2 months - interviewed at US Department of State in April 2013.

Interview Details In person interview as first step

Interview Question – How would I deal with doing a redundant mind numbing task for hours at a time?   Answer Question


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Passport Specialist Interview

Passport Specialist
Boston, MA (US)

I applied online - interviewed at US Department of State in March 2012.

Interview Details Submitted application via usajobs.com. Was contacted by email a month later to set up a phone interview. The first interview was pretty standard. They wanted to see if I had the skills to adjudicate, make decisions and to be meticulous. A few weeks later I had a second interview that was more of the same. I was offered the job a week later. Once this was done I was sent a hireling package. This position requires a high risk public trust screening, this is similar to a security clearance. They went ten years back on law and conducted a credit check. The most important thing to this check is being completely honest. This number one thing that will cause you problems and takes the longest time. It took four months from accepting the position to getting to my start date.

Interview Question – I really can't remember. I do remember that they were not impressed with prior leadership positions since this is an entry level position.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No. This is a GS position and you fall under that scale

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