Policy Analyst Interview Questions

A policy analyst impacts on local policy. Expect personality-based and scenario-based questions when interviewing for this job. Prepare to be tested on analysis, judgment and communication skills.

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Top Policy Analyst Interview Questions & How to Answer

Here are three top policy analyst interview questions and tips on how to answer them:

Question No. 1: Describe your policy analysis experience.

How to answer: The interviewer is analysing your employment experience and training requirements. Provide relevant examples from your employment history that match job listing criteria. For example, talk about your experience critiquing policy papers; publicising your policy position using mass media; collaborating with legislators, community groups and activists; and providing testimony before elected bodies.

Question No. 2: Tell me about a time when you had to use your judgment to choose between two conflicting choices.

How to answer: With this personality-based question, the hiring manager is assessing whether you have suitable soft skills, such as judgment, problem-solving and analysis. Use the STAR method to describe a situation in which you faced an ethical dilemma, your task in that situation, your action to resolve the dilemma and the result. If possible, align your answer to the organisation's competency framework.

Question No. 3: What are the biggest problems that this organisation faces?

How to answer: The hiring manager assesses your analysis, motivation and judgment with this question. Prove your skills with an insightful, relevant answer. Research the organisation in advance, do a SWOT analysis, and identify its key internal weaknesses and external threats. Summarise your findings in your answer. Prepare a strategy to address these problems and provide it if it is requested.

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United Nations
Policy Advisor was asked...19 June 2018

What makes you the best qualified candidate for the job

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Experience and dedication Loyalty and respect for any job

Self determination and the urge to to learn new things, experience and expertise in what I do Less

Creative thinking is vital for any policy analyst when creating new ideas and reviewing current ones. As a team lead in my Social Issues Policy Shop team at Our National Conversation, the importance of writing and brainstorming is vital Less

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Questions were fairly simple

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How many interviews did you have for this position and did you have the background check email done on you? I am in the same situation and interviewed for this position also ....to date not one single word from recruiter or hiring manager. Less

I went on 2 interviews. One was with the hiring managers and one was with the head of operations manager. Yes they did send me an email about the background check but after a month when they send they I kept emailing the recruiter and she always said she will get back to me but never did. I then emailed the recruiter over here and she was saying they are delayed due to July 4th. About a couple days later I got an email sent to me basically saying I wasn't selected. After that long application and background check I thought I had it but after a month or so I realized that I should have heard back from them...The job is a joke and they are unorganized over there. Also someone told me there hire for that position internally a lot so they are wasting other people time from the outside. Less

I am in the same situation also. It's been about a month and still have not heard from anyone. They sent me the background check emailed as well. I tried emailing the hiring manager and all they said is "When I hear something I will get back to you!" Well its been well over a month and last night I received an email saying I wasn't selected. Complete waste of time! They shouldn't let it drag for that long without letting us know anything! This lets you know a lot about a company when they do things like that! Less

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Government of Canada

Tell us about a time when you had two conflicting choices and had to use your judgement to move forward?

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You should look at the original job posting and note the competencies that the job is asking for. For example, they can be "judgement", "inter personal communication", "analysis" etc. Each competency will have some "sub units" in its breakdown. It is nearly impossible to guess how to prove you have these competencies unless you can get your hands on a competency framework. Internal candidates have access to them, that is why internal candidates have the competitive advantage. When you are screened in for an exam or interview, you must contact the hiring manager or the group that has posted the job and ask for the competency framework. It will be like a study guide. All of the written answers or oral responses in the interview will need to use the words and phrases of the competency framework. Less

I am screened in for molecular biology policy analyst, and preparing a written exam. what should I prepare for it ? Less

Is there any chance that you remember any of the other questions? I would love some insight to help prepare myself for a similar interview. Less


On your last review tell me some thing you were ask to work on?

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CNA Insurance needs to be more professional with the people who take their time to come to the interviews.... Have some manners and be more preofessional to let candidates know thank you that we have selected another applicant. Less

Very unprofessional and definitely agree with you two. The waste of peoples time and no consideration. Not a good look at all and even HR is a disgrace because you contact them for status/updates no response so that shows you that they represent their company quite well Less

Same here! I interviewed with them and my recruiter never got back to me or H.R. I received an email 2 months later saying I didn't get it. I'm glad I didn't get it because that tells you how much they care about their employees there. Sad! Less


Why do you want to work at YouTube?

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beacause i'm a rapper

Because youtube is the big company.Im very interested to work with youtube company even as a video viewer . Less

New York Department of Transportation

Q: Have you ever worked on ... topics?

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Yes, I worked on this subject in my ... course.



Why do you want to work at Zipcar.?

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What Instagram accounts do you follow? and what features would you like to see in the future?

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I listed the accounts I enjoy most and spoke detailed features I wish existed

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Was asked totally irrelevant questions about maths formulas. This was done by the head of department to test how you respond to situations. It I think it was more just to make people uncomfortable

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Your interview process is shocking! After phone interview and facae to face and on line maths test absolutely 0 feedback. Very unprofessional and gives an idea of what it would be like to work there ...not great! Less

Christian Aid

How could you monitor a succesful advocacy strategy

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Hi first of all we need complete our knowledge about environment and second step we need learn about other companies before them do same worked and Mark modification that's weakly points and third steps make strategy and finely make good team and give training to them and controlling work Less

Describe a situation when you worked on a failed campaign

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