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Physical Scientist was asked...31 May 2023

The researcher asked for some analysis that fit into some operational engineering category in his mind but then was disappointed that I did not discuss more physics.

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I discussed what the physical basis suggested because my knowledge of physics was already clear from peer reviewed articles that I had published. The interviewer had no idea what he was talking about, who he was talking to, and pretty much had no competence to be conducting the interview. Less

Environmental Protection Agency

Questions related to UIC, Hydrology, USDW, oil and gas.

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I did pretty good since I study the job position before the interview and watched YouTube videos related to the position. Less

US Army

Can you work independently?

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How do you handle negotiation and working with regulators?

Environmental Protection Agency

Tell me about a time you presented technical or scientific information to state regulators. What was the out come? Tell me about your experience reviewing and interpreting scientific data. How did you use this data to form a conclusion? Did the data support your original assumptions? Why the EPA? Why do you want to work in this division? Other multi-part behavioral questions like the example above.

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I answered them based on my previous experiences in similar situations.

US Department of Energy

Please explain a bad experience you have had with a customer

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I remember this one because for me it was the hardest. I haven't worked in the service industry in many years, and this job does not require interacting with traditional "customers," so it came out of left field. I explained my experience working with a difficult member of a group engineering task. Less

Environmental Protection Agency

Tell me about 3 professional accomplishment.

Environmental Protection Agency

What are your short and long-term goals?

Element Materials Technology

do you have customer service experience and describe it.


The questions about my research were well-thought out, but none of them were too challenging because they were questions I had answered before. Most of the interview questions seemed to be focused on assessing how amenable I would be to working in policy research, given that my background was more technical data analysis and physics research. So there was recognition that I would be making a bit of change in my career by coming to RAND, and most people seemed to be trying to assess how I felt about that. It was more gauging my interests and attitude than my technical expertise, I think.

Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.

Do you have experience or knowledge in cold/ hot x-rays?

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