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Recruitment 411: Interesting Insights from Interns – Part 2

This is the second part of our series exploring a few of our interns’ views on life as a govie.

For most of us, from the time we apply for a job, we begin to imagine what it would be like if we actually got the job. We daydream about everything from what our office looks like, the personalities of coworkers, and even how our colleagues dress. All of these details come together and we walk in – on day one – with preconceived notions of what it’s like to work at a certain company or agency.

With this in mind, I asked our interns to talk about their idea of the typical federal employee and how that has been changed by their IRS coworkers.

Chris Layton – Stockton College, New Jersey

My idea of a typical federal employee has been changed and at the same time, molded by my coworkers. I had a vague image of a federal employee. The image in my mind was of a quiet reserved person, professionally dressed in the same style of outfit as everyone else, who did their job and went home. I learned IRS employees are outgoing and social. Also, the IRS does not seem to have a very strict dress code so everyone doesn’t wear the same kind of clothes!

Stephanie Lee – Nichols College, Massachusetts

All of the people who work here at the IRS are really nice and welcoming. Prior to coming here, I had this vision in my head that working at the IRS was all serious and stressful. I thought people just sat at their desks all day, and didn’t speak to anyone. However, that isn’t the case at all. The IRS really encourages teamwork. Also, if you see someone in the hall and you say hi or good morning they will generally reply. I have also learned that there is so much more to the IRS than tax collection and auditing.

Papa Mbengue Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.

My idea of a “typical federal employee” has not changed; I still value being able to serve the public, help solve their problems, and address their needs and concerns. I think that working for the federal government would be an excellent way start a career.

What do you think is the most common misconception about government employees?

Recruitment 411 is the official blog of the IRS Recruitment Office.

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