U.S. Coast Guard
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Interviews at U.S. Coast Guard

Here’s what others thought about the interview process at U.S. Coast Guard.
Interview experience
Based on 125 interviews
Favorable
Interview difficulty
Based on 123 interviews
Medium
Interview process length
Based on 108 interviews
More than one month

Interview process at U.S. Coast Guard

Overview experience
Poor
Excellent
Easy
Difficult
Interview process length
More than one month
40%
About a month
23%
About a day or two
17%
About a week
11%
About two weeks
9%
Most reported steps
Background check
78%
Drug test
64%
Written test
62%
On-site interview
54%
Phone call/screening
47%
Least reported steps
Take-home/sample work
6%
Presentation
6%
They have no interview
6%

What candidates say about the interview process at U.S. Coast Guard

  • Not a typical process....and basic training as well...it's quite stressful.
    Shared on August 6, 2018 - Yeoman 2nd Class - Washington, DC; Alameda, Sausalito
  • Very competitive
    Shared on January 2, 2018 - DBA - Chesapeake, VA
  • There was no interview
    Shared on December 3, 2017 - Law Enforcement Department Supervisor - New Orleans, LA

Interview questions at U.S. Coast Guard

Commonly asked questions, as reported by candidates

  • Interview included to be very invasive to your personal history of life in general
    Shared on April 4, 2019 - Storekeeper II - Chesapeake, VA
  • You go to MEPS, just like in all other branches of the military.
    Shared on April 2, 2019 - Marine Science Technician - Houston, TX/ Ilwaco, WA
  • Age, weight and debt.
    Shared on March 31, 2019 - Avionics Electrical Technician Chief - Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Interview tips at U.S. Coast Guard
Dress code for the interview
  • Business casual (e.g. dress slacks)37%
  • They didn’t have a dress code21%
  • Formal (business suit)20%
  • Casual (t-shirt and jeans)11%
  • Special outfit (e.g. protective gear)11%
What advice do candidates give for interviewing at U.S. Coast Guard
  • The only tip I'd give someone would be to keep your ears open and mouth closed until you feel you're qualified to perform your duties.
    Shared on September 20, 2018 - SEAMAN-E3 - Owensboro, KY 42301
  • Great place to work and learn
    Shared on September 19, 2018 - E-5 Machinery technician - Jacksonville, FL
  • Be strong with you responses and remember why you chose the military.
    Shared on September 4, 2018 - PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS - Cape May, NJ
The first interview at U.S. Coast Guard
How candidates got an interview
  • I walked in34%
  • I called them17%
  • Nothing is applicable17%
  • Recruiter contacted me11%
  • Other online application8%
How candidates received their first interview at U.S. Coast Guard
  • Interviewed and was brought in to a recruiter. Once agreed on terms went in for enlistment.
    Shared on March 13, 2019 - Damage Control Petty Officer - Cape May County, NJ
  • Recruiters office
    Shared on February 5, 2019 - Teacher Assistant - Seattle, WA
  • I called the recruiter
    Shared on October 26, 2018 - Third Class Petty Officer - Multiple locations
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