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Career News | Aug. 16, 2021

Smart Questions for Your DCAA Interview

By DCAA Staff Writer

Beyond seeking information to help you understand the specific job opportunity, asking questions of your interview panel is a great way to:

  • Demonstrate your interest in DCAA as an employer;
  • Get a clearer sense of expectations for new DCAA employees;
  • Benefit from insights on training, performance evaluation, career paths, and culture from Agency insiders; and
  • Help prepare to succeed, if you’re hired.

Below are a few examples of questions you can consider asking in your interview:

To Learn About the Job

  • What are the biggest challenges new employees in this position face – and how do they successfully handle them? 
  • What are the most important things to master in an employee’s first year with DCAA?
  • Are there skills your team particularly needs that you’re seeking in a new employee?
  • Can you tell me about the team I’d be joining and the people I’d work with most closely?
  • What’s one of the most interesting audits (or projects) you’ve worked on at DCAA?

To Explore Growth Opportunities

  • Can you tell me more about how this office handles DCAA’s performance review process and gives feedback to new employees?
  • When you look across individuals in this role, what sets apart the top performers?
  • I read about DCAA’s coaching and mentoring programs—can you tell me how they work in this office (or for this position)?
  • What are some of the common career paths for individuals in this position?

To Understand the Organization and Culture

  • What are the best aspects of working for DCAA?
  • What are some of the office’s (or team’s) biggest success stories within the last year or so?
  • What excites you most in coming to work?
  • What makes people want to stay with DCAA?

Learn more about DCAA on our website, or get more information on this important step in the application process by reading our article on 5 Tips to Impress in the Interview.