One of the most frequently sited reasons for wanting a Federal job is job security. And, this is a benefit that is true. Unless you’re on probation. Probationary periods are intended to let supervisors continue to evaluate whether they made a good hiring decision. This period is not (or should not be) a ‘gotcha’ period.Read More
Author: Dr. Dana
The time involved in reviewing resumes, setting up interviews, and actually conducting interviews is a huge time commitment. No one wants to waste their time (yours or the candidate’s) sitting through another awkward hour-long interview that won’t lead to a good hire. As a hiring manager, there’s nothing more disappointing that being 10 minutes into a face-to-face interview and knowing this candidate isn’t the one.
What’s the alternative? I propose a 10-15 minute pre-phone interview.Read More
On the surface, it seems like an ice-breaker or a throw-away question. No one expects you to recite everything there is to know about the agency. They just want to know you cared enough to look it up and have a sense of what you’d be getting yourself into if you took the job. But, you have to assume every question asked of you, no matter how innocent it seems, can be the make-or-break question.Read More
If you’re new to government, the first thing you’ll learn is that every position has a grade associated with it. These aren’t the grades we’re used to seeing in school (A, B, C-) but rather numerical representations of the level of expertise required for a particular position. Your first government job is the one time you’ll be able to negotiate grade.Read More
Most people rightly assume that the interview starts when you sit down with the interviewer(s). While this is largely true, you should always assume that it starts the moment you enter the building.Read More