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The Department of Homeland Security has a vital mission: to secure the nation from the many threats we face. This requires the dedication of more than 230,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspector. [Their] duties are wide-ranging, but [their] goal is clear: keeping America safe. (source: www.dhs.gov)

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futurefed2?  
#41 Posted : Friday, September 23, 2011 8:00:26 AM(UTC)

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I know it doesnt mean anything until you get a tentative or conditional offer but I still think its a good thing that they check references... At least they are verifying that what you put on your resume is actually the truth somewhat. lol
 
I mean I'd take it positively. why would they check your references and waste their own time if they are not interested ya know?
 
Anybody elses references get checked? You cinnamon?
CHUCK SAMOCKI  
#42 Posted : Friday, September 23, 2011 11:45:35 AM(UTC)
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Anyone find out how many openings they have for Newark?I have applied for this job under Schedule A.
8nnrr  
#43 Posted : Saturday, September 24, 2011 11:36:00 AM(UTC)
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Newark has 7 positions, I interviewed this week
fofinha  
#44 Posted : Saturday, September 24, 2011 11:45:39 AM(UTC)

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Pinklo congrats! how did it go?
what questions did they ask you?
how long was the interview?
what did you wear?
sweets2323  
#45 Posted : Sunday, September 25, 2011 12:23:29 AM(UTC)

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how do you know that they have 7 positions.. Did the posting say 1 and you found out it will be 7.
 
The one here in Miami said 1 but I dont know if there will be more
 
I want to see if anyone here knows more about the Miami office.
8nnrr  
#46 Posted : Sunday, September 25, 2011 4:57:53 AM(UTC)
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The interview went ok, I was there for about 30 mins. They ask the normal interview question, describe a time when etc....

I'm not sure what the announcement said, I asked how many positions were available during my interview
8nnrr  
#47 Posted : Thursday, September 29, 2011 1:12:53 AM(UTC)
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For the people who've interviewed, have you heard anything yet?? Oct 1st starts the fiscal year for the government so they should start hiring soon. I'm so anxious....
cinnamoncau  
#48 Posted : Thursday, September 29, 2011 5:43:51 AM(UTC)

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I haven't heard anything yet the interviewers told me 60 days or shorter because I am a federal employee already
Carla  
#49 Posted : Thursday, September 29, 2011 6:37:12 AM(UTC)
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I was told that they would like to mke their decisions by the end of this week since the fiscal year closes.  I didnt get anything yet and I am also VERY anxious.
InfoSeeker99  
#50 Posted : Friday, September 30, 2011 2:26:18 AM(UTC)

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Interviewed this week for this position. 
 
As everyone has said - it lasted about 30 minutes, standard questions and business attire was a good choice.
 
They told me that it could take up to 6 weeks for next part of the selection process.  Based on that, I do not expect a quick reply. 

InfoSeeker992011-09-30 18:54:37
Sunandseashells  
#51 Posted : Friday, September 30, 2011 2:45:21 AM(UTC)

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For any of you who interviewed for the Mt Laurel, NJ positions, can you tell me how large an office it is?  I applied for the ISO registry for there and am wondering how many people work there.  Not sure if I should have picked the Philadelphia office instead.  Thanks and good luck to you all!
phillyva  
#52 Posted : Friday, September 30, 2011 8:32:58 AM(UTC)

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cinnamoncau wrote:
I haven't heard anything yet the interviewers told me 60 days or shorter because I am a federal employee already
 
 
The amount of time for them to make a decision doesn't matter whether you are a federal employee or not......
fofinha  
#53 Posted : Thursday, October 6, 2011 4:28:53 AM(UTC)

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How did your interview go?
What questions did they ask? How long was it?
Do you remember how long after you got your NOR for this position did you get the referral notice? Was it the same day? By email?
cinnamoncau  
#54 Posted : Thursday, October 6, 2011 4:33:38 AM(UTC)

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My interview waS thirty minutes and I think it went well.They (two people an officer and the director for the branch) ask situational questions by letting you give examples. My nor and referral was either the same email or two separate emails on the same day.
James Hall  
#55 Posted : Saturday, October 8, 2011 5:28:05 PM(UTC)
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If you qaulify for a position score wise, but not high enough that you were near the top of the list and therefore didn't get selected for an interview, you might be eligible for a VRA transfer. For example if you were a contractor for ABC and applied for a similiar federal position (and meeting all requirements ofcourse) within that organization, this could be an option and is worth checking into.
 
VRA transfers can work well for critical needs positions. However, the highest you can enter into the position with a VRA is as a GS-11 and that they might offer you a lower grade than would have been achieved through the direct annoucement process. A small sacrifice to pay for job security :)
cinnamoncau  
#56 Posted : Saturday, October 8, 2011 8:39:59 PM(UTC)

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What does vra stand for?
Carla  
#57 Posted : Saturday, October 8, 2011 10:31:51 PM(UTC)
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Veterans Recrutiment Appointment
 
As if all of us fall under that category.
USAF  
#58 Posted : Sunday, October 9, 2011 12:22:20 AM(UTC)

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The VRA is a special authority by which agencies can appoint an eligible veteran without competition. The federal employment environment right now is giving preference to Veterans. There are 3 certificates of eligibles that are issued which are internal, external, and VRA candidates. If an agency is recruiting Veterans they will pull from the VRA's first and etc. There are two types of VRA also, which are 5 and 10 point preference; hence, VRA's themselves are broken down into a point preference.
A Veteran with 5 or 10 points will have those points added to their rating. So, if a Veteran rated a 90 or got a 90 test score and is a 10 point VRA they will have an overall 100 rating/score.
Carla  
#59 Posted : Thursday, October 13, 2011 8:50:10 AM(UTC)
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Anyone got Tentative Offer yet?
cinnamoncau  
#60 Posted : Thursday, October 13, 2011 9:40:55 AM(UTC)

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No I have not heard anything yet.
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