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Sample Political Science Interview Questions 

  • Why are you interested in this government agency?
  • Tell me what you know about this agency.
  • How would you fit in with our organization’s mission?
  • Why do you wish to make a career in the government?
  • What employment experience have you had which you think might qualify you for this job?
  • What is your career plan?
  • What are your feelings about government employees generally and the effectiveness of bureaucracy?
  • In what other government agencies are you interested? In what ways do you prefer this one to the others?
  • How is what you learned in your college program applicable to what our agency does?
  • What training or experience have you had in negotiations or mediations?
  • Tell me about a time when your ethics were challenged. How did you handle the situation?
  • Describe to me a time when you had to work with someone from a different culture, what was the experience like and how did cultural differences impact the situation?
  • Tell me about a policy that you believe qualifies as a good international policy.
  • Do you have any experience in writing a proposal for funding, or any other fundraising experience?
  • Have you ever traveled abroad? If yes, explain the benefits. If no, explain what you would see as being beneficial to this position.
  • What types of volunteer experience have you had?
  • Describe to me a situation where you made a mistake. How did you handle that mistake and what was the end result?
  • Tell me about a time that would exemplify your integrity.



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