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It's always hard to know what to expect when going in for that interview -- and preparation can make all the difference. What is the interview process like at Veterans Affairs?

Any advice on striking the right note?

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David in Courtland, California

90 months ago

What types of questions are asked in the Interview for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor?

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HOPEFUL IN LOUSIANA in Barksdale Afb, Louisiana

89 months ago

Host said: It's always hard to know what to expect when going in for that interview -- and preparation can make all the difference. What is the interview process like at Veterans Affairs?
Any advice on striking the right note?

I HAVE INTERVIEWED FOR SOCIAL WORKER POSITIONS AT THE VA.
THE QUESTIONS ARE OPEN ENDED QUESTIONS. YOU TELL OF YOUR EXPERIENCE IN SPECIFIC SITUATIONS. GOOD LUCK!

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Dale in Sharpsburg, Maryland

88 months ago

I work for the VA. The interviews are performance based interviews. They ask you questions, and your responses need to include examples of how you have experienced something in the past. Example: Tell me about a time when you had to discipline an employee how did you handle it? And thinking back would you have done anything differently? Or, Tell me about the most significant document you have prepared in the last 2 years. These are just an example of ones that have been used in recent interviews.

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CO in West Covina, California

84 months ago

Has any ever interviewed for the Business Manager or Health System Specialist positions? I currently work for the VA and applied for the positions I listed above.

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knickkate in Winter Springs, Florida

74 months ago

RN with experience in psychiatric and hospice nursing and seeking employment in Orlando area.

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LCH in Cocoa, Florida

72 months ago

e-mail me LCHRN

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movingtodenver in Denver, Colorado

68 months ago

Hello All, I am new to this board and I am trying to understand the confusing VA hiring process. I thought the initial screening process went through Topeka? Is this right and what is the rest of the process? Thanks for any information.

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vadiva30 in Ellicott City, Maryland

42 months ago

I was selected for a position with the VA. I completed the pre-employment screening process and gave them a tentative start date. However there is a committee that has to approve my start date before I can start. This whole process has taken four months from time of selection to now Oct 10 - Jan 11. Still don't know when I'm starting. I am kind of turned off by this hiring process, but I'm eager to start. Has anyone else had such a long process?

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jrow15 in Ridgewood, New Jersey

40 months ago

vadiva30 in Ellicott City, Maryland said: I was selected for a position with the VA. I completed the pre-employment screening process and gave them a tentative start date. However there is a committee that has to approve my start date before I can start. This whole process has taken four months from time of selection to now Oct 10 - Jan 11. Still don't know when I'm starting. I am kind of turned off by this hiring process, but I'm eager to start. Has anyone else had such a long process?

I am currently in the HELLISH application process. Online app submitted 2/3/11. Interviewd 2/24/11. "Accepted for position" 10 days later. Was told this is not a job offer and do not give notice at current position. Completed ALL online applications (which was totally time consuming and frustrating). I am now scheduled for my pre-employment physical, which I was told will take at least half-a-day. Than I need to take a math/pharm test. I still have not been made any financial offer because all credentialing has to be reviewed by a panel who decides what my salary will be. I am assuming that until all my references are in, my pre-employment phys is complete and I have taken my math test than I will receive my financial offer. All I can say is if they do not meet my minimum I will just flip! I've also been told there really is no room for negotiation. HR sent me a link to a salary table that is broken down by level and grade. I know the job grade I applied for but not sure what level I qualify for. According to the table they should meet my minimum but HR told me not what the range is for the job and that I may not necessarily receive that compensation!
I cannot begin to tell you how frustrated I am with this whole process, I am just about ready to give up!

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jrow15 in Ridgewood, New Jersey

40 months ago

Dale in Sharpsburg, Maryland said: I work for the VA. The interviews are performance based interviews. They ask you questions, and your responses need to include examples of how you have experienced something in the past. Example: Tell me about a time when you had to discipline an employee how did you handle it? And thinking back would you have done anything differently? Or, Tell me about the most significant document you have prepared in the last 2 years. These are just an example of ones that have been used in recent interviews.

I am currently in the HELLISH application process. Online app submitted 2/3/11. Interviewd 2/24/11. "Accepted for position" 10 days later. Was told this is not a job offer and do not give notice at current position. Completed ALL online applications (which was totally time consuming and frustrating). I am now scheduled for my pre-employment physical, which I was told will take at least half-a-day. Than I need to take a math/pharm test. I still have not been made any financial offer because all credentialing has to be reviewed by a panel who decides what my salary will be. I am assuming that until all my references are in, my pre-employment phys is complete and I have taken my math test than I will receive my financial offer. All I can say is if they do not meet my minimum I will just flip! I've also been told there really is no room for negotiation. HR sent me a link to a salary table that is broken down by level and grade. I know the job grade I applied for but not sure what level I qualify for. According to the table they should meet my minimum but HR told me not what the range is for the job and that I may not necessarily receive that compensation!
I cannot begin to tell you how frustrated I am with this whole process, I am just about ready to give up!

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Applicant in Leavenworth, Kansas

19 months ago

I am interviewing for a Supply Management Officer position and was hoping someone might provide me with the type of interview questions to expect for this type of position. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Jannua in Daphne, Alabama

18 months ago

HOPEFUL IN LOUSIANA in Barksdale Afb, Louisiana said: I HAVE INTERVIEWED FOR SOCIAL WORKER POSITIONS AT THE VA.
THE QUESTIONS ARE OPEN ENDED QUESTIONS. YOU TELL OF YOUR EXPERIENCE IN SPECIFIC SITUATIONS. GOOD LUCK!

Hey...I just completed an application for supervisory social worker for the VA. I have my clinical license and 7 years experience. Can you share more about the application process for social work? How long before you heard about an interview after the closing? The HR rep told me their will be a phone interview if selected for an interview. I was told it could take 2-4 weeks before the interview process begins. Thanks for any information you can share.

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Milo316 in Chelmsford, Massachusetts

13 months ago

I've been working on my online application for a social worker position and I needed some tips of how to answer the narrative section; they are not exactly questions...are they looking for examples of how you've handled certain situations? Not sure how to answer them. Any help would be appreciated

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areyesrn in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania

13 months ago

Dale in Sharpsburg, Maryland said: I work for the VA. The interviews are performance based interviews. They ask you questions, and your responses need to include examples of how you have experienced something in the past. Example: Tell me about a time when you had to discipline an employee how did you handle it? And thinking back would you have done anything differently? Or, Tell me about the most significant document you have prepared in the last 2 years. These are just an example of ones that have been used in recent interviews.

OMG. I interview with them tomorrow...I'm so gonna die in there...

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Dont' Worry in Lenexa, Kansas

13 months ago

You probably won't get the job anyway. They normally hire from within and usually it's people they know. They advertise and interview just to follow the rules. The VA is notorious for pre-selection as are most other government agencies. If you do get a job consider yourself very lucky. My theory is, keep throwing as much as you can at the wall, eventually something will stick.

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Dont' Worry in Lenexa, Kansas

13 months ago

Milo316 in Chelmsford, Massachusetts said: I've been working on my online application for a social worker position and I needed some tips of how to answer the narrative section; they are not exactly questions...are they looking for examples of how you've handled certain situations? Not sure how to answer them. Any help would be appreciated

Add as much detail as possible to your resume. List every single job duty that perform, list eve single class you've ever had in college, list all other training courses that are professionally based, organizations you belong too, any awards you've ever had. My government resume is currently 42 pages long. But what really matters to the VA and the government in general is what you've been doing for the last year of your professional working life.

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