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Prepare for the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services' Tests

There are many hoops and hurdles that applicants must overcome prior to being considered for a position with the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services. The stages in the USCIS hiring process will generally include the following:

  • Application Process: In order to apply for a vacant position you will first need to go to the USCIS jobs webpage. Once you have made a job selection you will be prompted to complete an online questionnaire and upload your resume. We recommended visiting the USAJOBS Resource Center webpage for tips on completing each stage of the application process successfully.
  • Phone Screening: If you have passed the initial screening process, a member of the Human Resources department will reach out to you for a phone interview. The phone interview is used for additional screening of candidates to determine their interest in the position as well as their qualifications and fit for the role.
  • Cognitive & General Exams: Once you have passed your phone interview, you will be required to take an online psychometric test. This test was designed to evaluate many measurable skills and personality traits to ensure that you are the best fit for the job.
  • Personal Interviews: Your interviews with the USCIS will most likely be held in a panel format. It is best to prepare for each type of interview including one-on-one, group, and panel beforehand.

Working for the United States Government in any capacity will often require a background check and drug screening.

The USCIS' USA Hire Aptitude Tests

The purpose of the USA Hire Competency Based assessments administered by the USCIS is to evaluate an applicant's future job performance. JobTestPrep's USA Hire-style preparation materials were designed to familiarize you with this test's structure, question format, and answers to ensure that you will have the best shot at passing it come test day.

Our USA Hire-style PrepPacks™ include tests for the most common cognitive exams you will face such as occupational math assessments, judgment assessments, interaction, reasoning, and reading assessments. Also included will be practice for your general assessments including job knowledge, writing skills, work simulations, accomplishment record, and structured interviews. By preparing with JobTestPrep you will be able to show the USCIS that you have what it takes and launch your career.

United States Citizenship & Immigration Services' Interview Questions

During your USCIS interviews, you should be prepared to answer several behavioral and situational questions, as well as those pertaining to your resume, availability, and previous work experience. We have included some examples of questions posed to past USCIS applicants below to give you an idea questions that you may be asked during this process:

  • Why would you like to work for the USCIS?
  • How do you usually deal with difficult or hostile customers?
  • Do you have strong interpersonal skills?
  • Tell us a little bit about yourself.

It is highly recommended that you use the STAR method when answering behavioral questions. This method was designed to ensure that your responses are both structured, engaging, and more complete for your interviewer.



Parent Organization
United States Department of Homeland Security


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