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federalgovtjobseeker  
#1601 Posted : Thursday, August 15, 2019 1:46:04 PM(UTC)
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I have a more generic question and would really appreciate if someone can answer this. If your application is "Referred" to selecting official, what % of chance do you potentially have to be hired for the roll?


Have you been interviewed yet and when did you get a referral?
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#1602 Posted : Thursday, August 15, 2019 2:01:27 PM(UTC)
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If you’ve been referred, wait for your interview before thoughts of “an I hired.”

I guess there’s another EOD of 9/3. If you haven’t received an FO or TO by now, that’s the only shot as the new EOD is Monday (8/19).
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#1603 Posted : Thursday, August 15, 2019 4:29:20 PM(UTC)
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Did anyone else receive the e-Qip invite with no registration code? I emailed the specialist back. Hopefully, she'll respond before the end of the day tomorrow. I report on Monday. Email or not, I'll be there on EOD haha
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#1604 Posted : Thursday, August 15, 2019 6:14:10 PM(UTC)
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Did anyone else receive the e-Qip invite with no registration code? I emailed the specialist back. Hopefully, she'll respond before the end of the day tomorrow. I report on Monday. Email or not, I'll be there on EOD haha


I hope they get back to you because you need to have it completed before you start...You can go there on 8/19 if you want, but I am pretty sure it specifically says the EQIP needs to be complete before the EOD date.
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#1605 Posted : Thursday, August 15, 2019 7:00:33 PM(UTC)
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I completed the Phase II training today. Back to work on Monday. There will be a couple of new people starting on Monday. I like the format of training with the OJI, Class time, then OJI and work experience. I know that the time spent away from your POD was a concern for people who didn't want to be away so long. It seems like a lot of material was disseminated in a very short period of time. I'm exhausted, but happy that I've done well and things are falling into place in terms of meshing the on the job experience with the classroom instruction.
Don't let yesterday take up too much of today.
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#1606 Posted : Thursday, August 15, 2019 7:27:54 PM(UTC)
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Can someone shed more light on what sort of interview questions are asked of External candidates? Just in case I am interview.


We're not allowed to disclose interview questions, but in general, my interview was performance based questions. "What would you do in a given situation?"

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#1607 Posted : Friday, August 16, 2019 3:52:08 AM(UTC)
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Did anyone else receive the e-Qip invite with no registration code? I emailed the specialist back. Hopefully, she'll respond before the end of the day tomorrow. I report on Monday. Email or not, I'll be there on EOD haha


I hope they get back to you because you need to have it completed before you start...You can go there on 8/19 if you want, but I am pretty sure it specifically says the EQIP needs to be complete before the EOD date.


Thanks for the info - I received the invite yesterday (only one day before the "deadline") and due to no fault of my own, it did not contain the registration code. After going through this ENTIRE process from beginning to end, there is no way I would let an oversight on their part stop me from showing up on Monday morning - hilarious. I'll be there e-qip or not and I'll update you on how it went - I'm sure it'll work out at the last minute just like everything else has. Wishing the best for you!
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#1608 Posted : Friday, August 16, 2019 8:01:29 AM(UTC)
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I completed the Phase II training today. Back to work on Monday. There will be a couple of new people starting on Monday. I like the format of training with the OJI, Class time, then OJI and work experience. I know that the time spent away from your POD was a concern for people who didn't want to be away so long. It seems like a lot of material was disseminated in a very short period of time. I'm exhausted, but happy that I've done well and things are falling into place in terms of meshing the on the job experience with the classroom instruction.


‘be away for so long’.

When I was hired unit 1 was 40 days

Unit 2 was 29 days

Unit 3 which was useless was week and a half
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#1609 Posted : Friday, August 16, 2019 12:52:32 PM(UTC)
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Good luck to everyone starting on Monday, August 19th!
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#1610 Posted : Friday, August 16, 2019 12:53:34 PM(UTC)
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Did anyone else receive the e-Qip invite with no registration code? I emailed the specialist back. Hopefully, she'll respond before the end of the day tomorrow. I report on Monday. Email or not, I'll be there on EOD haha


I hope they get back to you because you need to have it completed before you start...You can go there on 8/19 if you want, but I am pretty sure it specifically says the EQIP needs to be complete before the EOD date.


Thanks for the info - I received the invite yesterday (only one day before the "deadline") and due to no fault of my own, it did not contain the registration code. After going through this ENTIRE process from beginning to end, there is no way I would let an oversight on their part stop me from showing up on Monday morning - hilarious. I'll be there e-qip or not and I'll update you on how it went - I'm sure it'll work out at the last minute just like everything else has. Wishing the best for you!


Sounds good. Wishing the best for you as well!
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#1611 Posted : Friday, August 16, 2019 2:59:22 PM(UTC)
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I completed the Phase II training today. Back to work on Monday. There will be a couple of new people starting on Monday. I like the format of training with the OJI, Class time, then OJI and work experience. I know that the time spent away from your POD was a concern for people who didn't want to be away so long. It seems like a lot of material was disseminated in a very short period of time. I'm exhausted, but happy that I've done well and things are falling into place in terms of meshing the on the job experience with the classroom instruction.


‘be away for so long’.

When I was hired unit 1 was 40 days

Unit 2 was 29 days

Unit 3 which was useless was week and a half


I think I didn't explain it clearly-I know people complained about being away from home. I personally did not have a problem with it; I'm flying solo. I would have preferred more time to digest the information. Posting on a forum without the subtle nuances of face to face conversation seems to create some barriers between a poster and a reader/responder's understanding. It was not my intention to project a complaint. I was simply posting my experience and my take on the set up of the training. Thank you for sharing your insight.

Don't let yesterday take up too much of today.
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#1612 Posted : Friday, August 16, 2019 4:36:22 PM(UTC)
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So today I received a "tentative offer letter" for a full-time Contact Representative position with IRS (not the seasonal one). I'm wondering how long does it typically take for IRS to hire someone from giving a tentative offer till the first day at job?

Thanks in advance!
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#1613 Posted : Saturday, August 17, 2019 1:26:56 AM(UTC)
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I completed the Phase II training today. Back to work on Monday. There will be a couple of new people starting on Monday. I like the format of training with the OJI, Class time, then OJI and work experience. I know that the time spent away from your POD was a concern for people who didn't want to be away so long. It seems like a lot of material was disseminated in a very short period of time. I'm exhausted, but happy that I've done well and things are falling into place in terms of meshing the on the job experience with the classroom instruction.


‘be away for so long’.

When I was hired unit 1 was 40 days

Unit 2 was 29 days

Unit 3 which was useless was week and a half


I think I didn't explain it clearly-I know people complained about being away from home. I personally did not have a problem with it; I'm flying solo. I would have preferred more time to digest the information. Posting on a forum without the subtle nuances of face to face conversation seems to create some barriers between a poster and a reader/responder's understanding. It was not my intention to project a complaint. I was simply posting my experience and my take on the set up of the training. Thank you for sharing your insight.




I understand unit training. But IMHO you learn this job by doing it not with classroom instructions.

Wait until you start working cases most of the unit training you get is not helpful.
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#1614 Posted : Saturday, August 17, 2019 4:51:18 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: fed_job_seeker2019 Go to Quoted Post
So today I received a "tentative offer letter" for a full-time Contact Representative position with IRS (not the seasonal one). I'm wondering how long does it typically take for IRS to hire someone from giving a tentative offer till the first day at job?

Thanks in advance!


There is a posting titled Contact Representative. Go and post this question in there! Me and you are both in the same boat lol!! From what I’ve read they give them out all the way until the day before you have to report. Go check out the links for Contact Rep! Congratulations and good luck
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I completed the Phase II training today. Back to work on Monday. There will be a couple of new people starting on Monday. I like the format of training with the OJI, Class time, then OJI and work experience. I know that the time spent away from your POD was a concern for people who didn't want to be away so long. It seems like a lot of material was disseminated in a very short period of time. I'm exhausted, but happy that I've done well and things are falling into place in terms of meshing the on the job experience with the classroom instruction.


‘be away for so long’.

When I was hired unit 1 was 40 days

Unit 2 was 29 days

Unit 3 which was useless was week and a half


I think I didn't explain it clearly-I know people complained about being away from home. I personally did not have a problem with it; I'm flying solo. I would have preferred more time to digest the information. Posting on a forum without the subtle nuances of face to face conversation seems to create some barriers between a poster and a reader/responder's understanding. It was not my intention to project a complaint. I was simply posting my experience and my take on the set up of the training. Thank you for sharing your insight.




I understand unit training. But IMHO you learn this job by doing it not with classroom instructions.

Wait until you start working cases most of the unit training you get is not helpful.

Again, I thank you for your insight, but IMHO, I did actually get something out of the classroom instruction. I have been out in the field without my OJI, so I am familiar with procedures and working cases. I find the classroom training and on the job experience complement each other. Do I think there are classroom components that are not necessary to be out in the field? Yes; but it is part and parcel of the job.

With that being said, I hope you have a wonderful afternoon and enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Don't let yesterday take up too much of today.
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#1616 Posted : Sunday, August 18, 2019 8:36:33 AM(UTC)
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I didn’t really get anything from unit 2. I think it was a waste of time.

Looking forward to meeting the new hires tomorrow.
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#1617 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2019 3:21:02 PM(UTC)
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I didn’t really get anything from unit 2. I think it was a waste of time.

Looking forward to meeting the new hires tomorrow.

I took away some pointers on time management and documentation. The per diem is nice, too.

A few new hires were supposed to start today. They bailed. Externals. They had already been fingerprinted and sworn in. No call, no show, and one called last night to bail. I did hear something to the effect that depending on budget for upcoming year that there could be another wave starting in October. It doesn't appear that the hiring goal of 735 (give or take) RO's has been met. Again-this is speculation, but it seems credible, which is why I mentioned it. I didn't know if there are people who follow this forum who don't comment, but are waiting for a response. I've been reading the boards and talking to the instructors. Not having enough OJIs is likely exacerbating the problem.

I've also been reading other threads regarding other positions and people awaiting responses. Sounds like a big cluster going on with interviews, on-boarding people, etc. I'm sure the people who drop out are just compounding the problems with communication between HR and the people waiting for an interview, TO or FO. I wouldn't want to be in HR for anything. I'm sure they're frazzled.
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#1618 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2019 4:12:22 PM(UTC)
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The revenue officer post for externals expires tomorrow 8/20. Anyone know when it’ll be reposted? Do we have to retake the ROSA and interview again or can we use our current scores? Thanks.
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Thank you Northlyn,
I am still waiting to hear if I am selected or not. My status says “Referred to the selecting official” and underneath, in green “You have answered all required questions for this grade”. When I contacted HR, 3 weeks ago, I was told that the emails will go out in a few weeks. I was hoping to hear something back today and if not selected, then move on with something else that is being offered to me at the moment, in a private sector.
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Thank you Northlyn,
I am still waiting to hear if I am selected or not. My status says “Referred to the selecting official” and underneath, in green “You have answered all required questions for this grade”. When I contacted HR, 3 weeks ago, I was told that the emails will go out in a few weeks. I was hoping to hear something back today and if not selected, then move on with something else that is being offered to me at the moment, in a private sector.

Ugh. I wish I had something to say that would be helpful, but unfortunately, I am waiting (rooting) for you all just as much as you are waiting and hoping. I hired on in 2009. The posting was only open for 8 days. I applied mid-January (external) and pretty much put it on the back burner and went on with life as usual. I have a family member who is employed with another large agency who jumped ship from the IRS. They told me that things move very S-L-O-W-L-Y, so I didn't really put too much stock in it until they called to interview me in April. I was offered the position about two weeks later and started in May of 2009. I actually changed jobs before the interview. I was only at the new job for two months. As soon as I got the call, I accepted and gave my two weeks' notice.

For this gig, I applied in the first wave (end of October). Called for interviews early December. Got the FO the day the govt shut down 12/21. Original start date was March 3rd, but got pushed back to 4/15. I'm an internal, so I don't know the timeline for other paths besides what my OJI has shared with me and what I'm reading on the boards. Things were quite different when I hired on. I can only surmise that the process is pretty gummed for so many reasons that have been mentioned in prior posts. The only thing I can offer is support and encouragement to hang in there.

Obviously, only you can decide what is best for your personal situation. I hope that it comes through for you because we need the people and you sound like you're willing to work. It's a lot of training and the OJI part of it is intense (in MY experience. I can't/won't speak) for anyone else. Not everyone can cut it, but if you pay close attention to your OJI and show a willingness to learn, you'll get past your probationary period.

Right now is a good time to on board because there are so many openings and the mobility within the agency is a lot easier than it was in the past. It took me 10 years of applying for anything to get out of where I was. It was a position with no growth potential. Max out at a nine, but I would have had to compete for it. The job wasn't worth the few extra dollars, so I waited and kept applying. When I got the BQ rating, I almost fell out of my chair! Ha ha.

Good luck. I know the waiting game is hard.
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