What do gov't interviewers want to hear?

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What do gov't interviewers want to hear?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:32 pm

So I got an interview with a fed department that I have zero previous experience with, and I really don't know how to spin my resume/experience to the job. I have some regulatory experience, but I haven't even taken a class relating to this department's goal. What can I expect to be asked, and how thick should I apply the bullshit?

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Re: What do gov't interviewers want to hear?

Postby jessuf » Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:34 pm

It really depends on the agency. I'm assuming this isn't the DOJ?

I currently work for a federal agency. I've also interviewed with a variety of other agencies. You can PM me, if you'd like.

Short answer is show passion for/interest in whatever it is that the agency oversees.

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Re: What do gov't interviewers want to hear?

Postby harbin » Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:40 pm

Depends on the department I would think. I interviewed with two more obscure departments for the summer (one DOJ, one non-DOJ) and both wanted an interest, but more so in general government and litigation than their specific department. I think in those situations going overboard in professing love for their work is going to come of as fake.

(EDIT DISCLAIMER: I'm just a 1L, but I was offered both summer internships.)

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Re: What do gov't interviewers want to hear?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:06 am

2L here who worked in government last summer. I think they like to see commitment to public interest or a particular field (e.g. environmental law). You don't have to be super public interest-y. But being able to point to something in your background when you say "I like government" will help.




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