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#1 Posted : Tuesday, October 05, 2010 6:18:01 AM(UTC)

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I applied for a DCMA position.  Posting closed 9/27.  I was called today to see if I was still interested and willing to relocate.  They said they would call at the end of the week to set up an interview.  I was pleasantly surprised to receive a call so soon after the closing date. 
Has anyone interviewed with DCMA?  If so, any advice or suggestions?
The position requires a secret clearance.  Haven't had one in more than 20 years.  I saw other postings saying that clearances for this agency take a long time.  I guess it may depend on the location and urgency to fill the position? 
Please share any DCMA info you may have.
#2 Posted : Tuesday, October 05, 2010 7:22:27 AM(UTC)

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What kind of work background do you have?  I've worked for DCMA for 2 yrs now, and have had about a dozen interviews.  From those interviews, I've been selected 3 times, turning down one position after I was selected.  The other 2 selections were for my initial hire, and then after 1 yr, I submitted for a different position closer to home and was selected again.  So...I guess I'm doing ok in the interview dept.  Even though I now work for DCMA, I still have to submit my resume for most vacancies that I'm interested in, & interview like others. 

I would say that you should have a printout of the vacancy announcement in front of you while you're interviewing.  Before the interview, try to write down some answers to generic questions, like how you have helped to resolve any workplace conflicts, how you are able to prioritize among simultaneous tasks, give examples of completing assignments without direct supervision...etc.  Also...you should expect that there will be some questions you might have difficulty answering if you haven't already been in the position or worked for DCMA.  You didn't specify what the series is that you are interviewing for.  I only know about GS-1910-11 Quality Assurance Specialist positions, since that's what I am.  If that's the one you're applying for, then you're going to have to take the announcement and try to translate some of the stated requirements into your own language.  Just like the military, DCMA has it's own set of acronyms and terms, and while they may not be the same terms and phrases you've used in your previous experiences, they probably have somewhat of an equivalent.  Just try to relate whatever question you're asked to previous jobs.  In other words, you can say that you didn't exactly do xyz, but you did do abc, and it was very similar.  If you presented a good enough resume to get the interview, then you're doing something right.  However, as you know, getting the interview is only half the battle, you've got to close the deal.  I would also google a current Position Description for GS-1910 or whatever series the position is, and try to extract any comparisons that you could use to try to relate those duties with your own background.  If your're getting this far, I believe you'll get a job.  If not on the first try...later on.  Good luck!
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#3 Posted : Tuesday, October 05, 2010 7:52:44 AM(UTC)

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Thanks for the info.  The position is GS-2210, software acquisition management specialist.  I don't have any previous contract management experience, but do have more than 25 years of IT experience, including operations, analysis, programming, support, project management, and management.  I'm a bit concerned about my lack of contract management experience, but keep telling myself that they have seen my resume and they still called, so that must not be a show stopper.

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