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Jake1000  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, November 06, 2018 3:31:49 PM(UTC)
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I’ve read a few posts on here about people getting hired without an interview?
From posts I’ve read: Applied, referred, offer & start date.
How is that even possible? Especially being very competitive these days. Unless the job announcement is specifically for a particular individual.

I thought “First impression” was everything? Weather it’s a phone interview or in person.
It’s like buying a house on the Internet without seeing it or asking questions about it, lol.

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#2 Posted : Tuesday, November 06, 2018 3:41:47 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Jake1000 Go to Quoted Post
I’ve read a few posts on here about people getting hired without an interview?
From posts I’ve read: Applied, referred, offer & start date.
How is that even possible? Especially being very competitive these days. Unless the job announcement is specifically for a particular individual.

I thought “First impression” was everything? Weather it’s a phone interview or in person.
It’s like buying a house on the Internet without seeing it or asking questions about it, lol.


I don't think it's a good idea but I can see how it might happen. It could be that the leading candidate is already known to the HO, or there are a dozen other possible explanations.

It does seem like a sloppy, lazy way to go about it.
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Could be a number of reasons: PPP, hiring through one of the non-competitive means, only one qualified candidate, etc.
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Its happened to me several times.
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DaVinci95  
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It's happened to me twice (not including PPP). The first time was for a term appointment in Afghanistan. The second was in Japan after they had a hiring freeze. In both cases they were desperate to put bodies in seats.

I also did it once as a selecting official. I had two openings and only two qualified candidates on the cert, so I selected both of them just off their resumes.
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I have had it happen multiple times.

If you are applying to jobs in certain areas that don't have many applicants in a highly specialized/positive education required field you can have situations where only 1-2 applicants even get through the first round. If you are already inside the federal government they would have access to other info about you through HR so they can hire you without interview.
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#7 Posted : Thursday, November 08, 2018 11:44:26 AM(UTC)
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Happened to me some years ago when I became an 1102(Contract Specialist). The announcement was for a "Recent Grad" position and was only open for a day. Applied for the position in October. Offered the job in January and started in March. At the time I was a GS-11 in the 2010 series (Inventory Management Specialist). They paid my relocation costs (PCS)so that was definitely a blessing. About 7 people were hired from that announcement. It happens quite often depending on the job series. I know 1102s who didn't have to interview for GS-13 positions.
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Yes, I have seen people hired into 1102 positions that were targeted GS13. The problem was that they did become GS13s long before they were ready, and couldn’t pass warrant boards, and got demoted.
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I'm hoping that it happens to me... I've applied for a position at my old agency, I'd applied and interviewed for it when I worked for them and was offered the job but had to turn it down. they all know me and I'm hoping to get an offer.
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It happens. I applied to a GS-14 and got it with no interview.
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I happened to me. I applied to my current position in December 2016, got caught in the hiring freeze, got a TO out of the blue in December 2017 without an interview or even a notice of referral, and started in February.
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I was hired without an interview. Had never worked for the government at all before that either, completely new to this world. I got an email asking if I was still interested, I said yes, and a few days later I got a phone call. She asked to speak to me, I said this is me, she immediately asked if I wanted the job. I was so stunned I paused and asked her to repeat that. She offered it again. I said "just like that, no interview?" and she laughed and said she had 2 weeks to hire an entire team of people for the summer so there was no time for interviews, the resume looked good so she based it entirely off that. Ended up being a great job and a great boss too. Just because there is no interview don't worry. It was for a GS-04 btw, completely entry level.

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Originally Posted by: Jake1000 Go to Quoted Post
I’ve read a few posts on here about people getting hired without an interview?
From posts I’ve read: Applied, referred, offer & start date.
How is that even possible? Especially being very competitive these days. Unless the job announcement is specifically for a particular individual.

I thought “First impression” was everything? Weather it’s a phone interview or in person.
It’s like buying a house on the Internet without seeing it or asking questions about it, lol.


I have been hired multiple times without an interview.

But overall here is my few justifications on why this happens.

1. If your already in the system and have been for a year or so and haven't been fired yet and ask for a transfer. Your already doing the job. No need to interview and you qualify.

2. As a new employee, if your the only one on the cert list. The hiring person is probably in a time crunch and doesn't have the time to re-publish the announcement in hopes of getting more people on the list to hire so they hire you because there is a 2 yr probation tacked on to your appointment, so if at any time your performance lacks or you don't meld with your co-workers they can boot you for anything.

I asked my first supervisor why I was selected without an interview. His answer was Because if you suck we can just fire you. He said it in a way that I know he wasn't being an a**, he was actually one the cooler guys I have met in my federal career.

Just my 2 sense on it
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#14 Posted : Friday, December 07, 2018 7:03:03 PM(UTC)
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#15 Posted : Friday, December 21, 2018 5:50:08 PM(UTC)
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I received an offer today for a GS14 with no interview. It gives me pause, because I thought I was a longshot. The job requires some specialized experience that I know I'm light in, so my resume couldn't have blown them away. I'm confident I can do the job, but I figured I'd have to be pretty convincing in the interview. This is now the 4th government job (a 12, two 13s, and a 14) I've been offered with no interview.
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#16 Posted : Friday, December 21, 2018 7:46:33 PM(UTC)
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Nicely done! Happy New Year!
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#17 Posted : Saturday, December 22, 2018 4:37:04 AM(UTC)

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Originally Posted by: DaVinci95 Go to Quoted Post
I received an offer today for a GS14 with no interview. It gives me pause, because I thought I was a longshot. The job requires some specialized experience that I know I'm light in, so my resume couldn't have blown them away. I'm confident I can do the job, but I figured I'd have to be pretty convincing in the interview. This is now the 4th government job (a 12, two 13s, and a 14) I've been offered with no interview.


what series are you in if you don't mind me asking?
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#18 Posted : Saturday, December 22, 2018 1:52:44 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: DaVinci95 Go to Quoted Post
I received an offer today for a GS14 with no interview. It gives me pause, because I thought I was a longshot. The job requires some specialized experience that I know I'm light in, so my resume couldn't have blown them away. I'm confident I can do the job, but I figured I'd have to be pretty convincing in the interview. This is now the 4th government job (a 12, two 13s, and a 14) I've been offered with no interview.


what series are you in if you don't mind me asking?


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#19 Posted : Sunday, December 30, 2018 8:34:24 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: DaVinci95 Go to Quoted Post
I received an offer today for a GS14 with no interview. It gives me pause, because I thought I was a longshot. The job requires some specialized experience that I know I'm light in, so my resume couldn't have blown them away. I'm confident I can do the job, but I figured I'd have to be pretty convincing in the interview. This is now the 4th government job (a 12, two 13s, and a 14) I've been offered with no interview.


DaVinci95,

I would love to know what your secrets for success are because you appear to be something really special!

No interview for 12, 13 or 14 is amazing. I am a 12 thinking about a 13, and I have had interviews for every single job so far.
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#20 Posted : Sunday, December 30, 2018 12:35:24 PM(UTC)
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I've heard of being hired without an interview but not for anything above GS-7!
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