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Filmbeloh2o  
#1 Posted : Friday, August 28, 2020 3:46:38 AM(UTC)
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Just informational for anyone out there that's been referred for a position: I had an interview yesterday where ten minutes prior, I was emailed a list of questions and told to set a stop watch. I was then given a number to call before that 10 minutes was up and announce my name. At that time I was introduced to the panel and told there would be no interaction unless someone on the panel needed to clarify my answers. I had exactly 15 minutes to answer the 5 questions that had been emailed to me, and the only time I heard from the other end of the phone was when the HR rep in the room told me I had 5 minutes left. I've done phone interviews before, but this was so strange not getting any feedback whatsoever from the panel. I'm a current DoD GS, and this was for a different DoD agency, but in the same field (Visual Information). I know that we would never interview a candidate like that simply because there is so much more information needed to make a decision on whom to even extend a tentative offer. I was told that once a selection had been made based on the initial interviews, that they would be able to have more interaction with the person to whom they would be reporting. This was just strange to me as I've always looked at the interview process as me interviewing the agency as much as they are talking to me.

Anyway - just thought I'd throw that out there so others can be prepared for that kind of interview set up. If one agency is going to do it, others might very well do the same thing.
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#2 Posted : Friday, August 28, 2020 5:26:44 AM(UTC)
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I'm so glad that I decided to go to the judiciary where office have autonomy and can interview as they see fit. They make an effort to actually look at your resume and ask appropriate questions. These cookie cutter interviews are beyond ridiculous in my opinion.
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What were the questions?
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#4 Posted : Monday, August 31, 2020 7:41:32 AM(UTC)
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What were the questions?


Very specific to managing creatives in a Visual Information department, but typical 'what would you do if...' stuff.
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#5 Posted : Tuesday, October 6, 2020 4:36:08 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Filmbeloh2o Go to Quoted Post
Just informational for anyone out there that's been referred for a position: I had an interview yesterday where ten minutes prior, I was emailed a list of questions and told to set a stop watch. I was then given a number to call before that 10 minutes was up and announce my name. At that time I was introduced to the panel and told there would be no interaction unless someone on the panel needed to clarify my answers. I had exactly 15 minutes to answer the 5 questions that had been emailed to me, and the only time I heard from the other end of the phone was when the HR rep in the room told me I had 5 minutes left. I've done phone interviews before, but this was so strange not getting any feedback whatsoever from the panel. I'm a current DoD GS, and this was for a different DoD agency, but in the same field (Visual Information). I know that we would never interview a candidate like that simply because there is so much more information needed to make a decision on whom to even extend a tentative offer. I was told that once a selection had been made based on the initial interviews, that they would be able to have more interaction with the person to whom they would be reporting. This was just strange to me as I've always looked at the interview process as me interviewing the agency as much as they are talking to me.

Anyway - just thought I'd throw that out there so others can be prepared for that kind of interview set up. If one agency is going to do it, others might very well do the same thing.



This sounds like Hill AFB and AFMC.
djp  
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I’ve hrsrd about this. I have a visual image for the panel too.....
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#7 Posted : Saturday, November 21, 2020 12:12:10 PM(UTC)
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I've had this. Wasn't given the questions before hand, but it was we have 5 questions and you have X minutes to answer. There were several panel members on the call, and they all had a bad connection. The only one I could understand clearly was thankfully the main guy asking the questions. I agree with the OP. The whole thing was very robotic and bizarre. Is this a job interview or do I need to be read my Miranda rights?
someoldguy  
#8 Posted : Saturday, November 21, 2020 3:21:35 PM(UTC)
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I had something similar, except no stopwatch. Was introduced to three or four people who were supposedly on the call but only one person spoke. I cant believe these interviews accomplish anything except checking the block that says "Yes we held an interview."
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