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Interviews at Department of Veterans Affairs

Here’s what others thought about the interview process at Department of Veterans Affairs.
Interview experience
Based on 957 interviews
Favorable
Interview difficulty
Based on 947 interviews
Medium
Interview process length
Based on 882 interviews
More than one month

Interview process at Department of Veterans Affairs

Overview experience
Poor
Excellent
Easy
Difficult
Interview process length
More than one month
46%
About a month
18%
About two weeks
15%
About a week
12%
About a day or two
9%
Most reported steps
Background check
61%
On-site interview
59%
Phone call/screening
53%
Group interview
45%
Drug test
42%
Least reported steps
Presentation
6%
Take-home/sample work
3%
They have no interview
1%

What candidates say about the interview process at Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Unfair. If they already have someone, or a friend or a relative they give you the hardest questions they can find. Bay Pines VA.
    Shared on June 27, 2020
  • Interviewed for LVN position, there were 3 people in the room. 2 Nurses and the manager of unit. Questions were a mix of clinical based and personality questions with the ending question being: What m…
    Shared on June 1, 2020
  • It was a panel interview consisted of 4 people. All performance based questions ( "Tell us about a time when..." "Give an example of..." "Describe a situation in which you...")
    Shared on August 18, 2019

Interview questions at Department of Veterans Affairs

Commonly asked questions, as reported by candidates

  • 1. are you an honest person?
    2. you have failed at something on the job tell me how you overcame that failure

    3. you can be perfect and on time or late and good at something which are you? those are t…
    Shared on April 24, 2019
  • My interview was 5 minutes and the chief of the department asked me if I had thick skin or thin skin?
    Shared on December 27, 2018
  • They have a list of questions asking about real life situation and they write your answers down
    Shared on October 11, 2018
Interview tips at Department of Veterans Affairs
Dress code for the interview
  • Business casual (e.g. dress slacks)58%
  • Formal (business suit)36%
  • They didn’t have a dress code3%
  • Casual (t-shirt and jeans)2%
  • Special outfit (e.g. protective gear)1%
What advice do candidates give for interviewing at Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Don’t do it.
    Shared on June 18, 2020
  • Be prepared to fill out a lot of paperwork, it is often more than what your actual work entails. Ask questions about work culture, and the expected interactions between actual government employees vs …
    Shared on January 31, 2020 - Technical Writer - Hines, IL
  • If you have been selected for an interview, then you probably have the job. Be honest. Know your value. Request absolutes stated in the written contract.
    Shared on January 6, 2020 - Senior Systems Administrator - Austin, TX
The first interview at Department of Veterans Affairs
How candidates got an interview
  • Other online job site37%
  • Other20%
  • Employee referral13%
  • Recruiter contacted me9%
  • Paper application7%
How candidates received their first interview at Department of Veterans Affairs
  • This tip is really basic resume writing 101 but make sure your resume includes several of the key words from the job posting. The initial selections are made by a computer program that’s scanning for …
    Shared on July 12, 2019
  • I'm an experienced nurse. Attempted to secure employment earlier in my career via their employment portals at the time. No job with them. A former colleague went to work there, she reached out to me f…
    Shared on January 31, 2019
  • Usajobs.gov
    Shared on October 19, 2018
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