Apr 22, 2019
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Has anyone else been told they were referred and not been contacted for an interview yet? I'm starting to get nervous...
I was also told by HR that I was "referred" on April 8th and should hear from someone regarding next steps, but I haven't heard a thing.
 
Apr 12, 2019
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I just had my interview! It was super short, but I think it went well. I think it was so short because it is the end of the week and end if the day. Also, it's not as hectic as the panel interviews I've grown used to.
 
Apr 15, 2019
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What should I do if my status on USAJOBS still says Received? I was told by HR they haven't looked at my application yet - is there hope still?
 
Apr 10, 2019
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I wanted to share this with you guys since we have several weeks ahead of us. Enjoy it!
Thanks for sharing! I watched this the morning, hours before my interview, and it kind of calmed me down. Then I mentioned it to my interviewer and he said that he was actually her mentor! So that was fun :)
 
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May 1, 2019
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Thanks for sharing! I watched this the morning, hours before my interview, and it kind of calmed me down. Then I mentioned it to my interviewer and he said that he was actually her mentor! So that was fun :)

Oh wow nice!! Small world!
 
Apr 10, 2019
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What should I do if my status on USAJOBS still says Received? I was told by HR they haven't looked at my application yet - is there hope still?
I have no idea - sorry I can't be more helpful. If you haven't already, I suggest calling them. I think they're the only ones who will have any informed answers for you.
 
Apr 13, 2019
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Good morning, everyone! I just finished my interview. It was long and definitely intense, but I feel comfortable with my responses. Now, the waiting game begins lol It has been shared here before, but I just wanted to reinforce that my interviewer said notifications will go out between June and July, and also be diligent with checking calls/voicemails/emails/USAjobs. He also said he could not give an exact number, but there are about 100 spots to fill..... Good luck to us all!!!
 
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lol guys I had my interview yesterday and I'm pretty sure I bombed it. I sounded soooo nervous and I feel I wasn't prepared enough. I also sounded very tired and weak because I was fasting and it was pretty late in the day. My answers were okay, but could have been better. I've had way better interviews in the past. I'm just gonna count myself out already so I can either be 1) correct or 2) pleasantly surprised lol.

But yeah, to restate what everyone else said, you will know if you got selected by July 31st. Best of luck to the rest of y'all!!!
 
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May 1, 2019
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lol guys I had my interview yesterday and I'm pretty sure I bombed it. I sounded soooo nervous and I feel I wasn't prepared enough. I also sounded very tired and weak because I was fasting and it was pretty late in the day. My answers were okay, but could have been better. I've had way better interviews in the past. I'm just gonna count myself out already so I can either be 1) correct or 2) pleasantly surprised lol.

But yeah, to restate what everyone else said, you will know if you got selected by July 31st. Best of luck to the rest of y'all!!!

Awwwww don't worry, they know we are all nervous because it's such a COMPETITIVE program, God got us and about the fasting girl, I totally understand and feel you 100 percent because I did one yesterday, anyway we all got this. We just have to pray from now on.
Good luck everyone!
 
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May 1, 2019
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GUYS,
My friend/sister gave me this link yesterday to look for their emails and send them a thank you letter and she stated that she does for each one of her interview. if you know your interviewer email by now, you can fins it there.
PS: She is class of 2018 graduate and LOVE everything about this program. matter shes the reason why I know about this program.
HHS Employee Directory
 
May 14, 2019
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Hi everyone! My name is Carolina Reinoso, I am participating in the 2019 rotation of PHAP. Congratulations to everyone so far who has been interviewed! I hope we all get picked :)

I was interviewed yesterday and am a little uneasy at one of my responses, I'd love past PHAP and current applicants advice! When they asked me if I would like to be placed in a rural area, I immediately said yes without thinking just to seem nice, but I read somewhere on here after my interview that saying no does not affect your candidacy. I have my interviewer's assistant email and was thinking about emailing them a follow up thank you for the interview and putting in that I have kindly changed my answer of yes to no to being located in a rural area if chosen. Do you guys think this would be okay considering I already had my interview ?? I have a lot of reasons I don't wish to be in a rural area and it's eating me up inside I said yes to it.
 
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Apr 13, 2019
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lol guys I had my interview yesterday and I'm pretty sure I bombed it. I sounded soooo nervous and I feel I wasn't prepared enough. I also sounded very tired and weak because I was fasting and it was pretty late in the day. My answers were okay, but could have been better. I've had way better interviews in the past. I'm just gonna count myself out already so I can either be 1) correct or 2) pleasantly surprised lol.

But yeah, to restate what everyone else said, you will know if you got selected by July 31st. Best of luck to the rest of y'all!!!
You will be pleasantly surprised I’m sure! We are always so hard on ourselves. I’m the exact same way. But, breathe. You’ve made it this far. Trust the process! You got this
 
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Awwwww don't worry, they know we are all nervous because it's such a COMPETITIVE program, God got us and about the fasting girl, I totally understand and feel you 100 percent because I did one yesterday, anyway we all got this. We just have to pray from now on.
Good luck everyone!
You will be pleasantly surprised I’m sure! We are always so hard on ourselves. I’m the exact same way. But, breathe. You’ve made it this far. Trust the process! You got this
Thank you both for the kind words of encouragement! I appreciate it, seriously. I've kinda been beating myself up all day over it. What makes it worse is that today I thought of so many better answers I could've gave. Ah well. We'll just see what happens!
 
Hi everyone! My name is Carolina Reinoso, I am participating in the 2019 rotation of PHAP. Congratulations to everyone so far who has been interviewed! I hope we all get picked :)

I was interviewed yesterday and am a little uneasy at one of my responses, I'd love past PHAP and current applicants advice! When they asked me if I would like to be placed in a rural area, I immediately said yes without thinking just to seem nice, but I read somewhere on here after my interview that saying no does not affect your candidacy. I have my interviewer's assistant email and was thinking about emailing them a follow up thank you for the interview and putting in that I have kindly changed my answer of yes to no to being located in a rural area if chosen. Do you guys think this would be okay considering I already had my interview ?? I have a lot of reasons I don't wish to be in a rural area and it's eating me up inside I said yes to it.
Hi Carolina! 2018 PHAP here. If it's an issue that's important to you, like safety or something along those lines, I would mention it. I think there's a way you can do so respectfully. You could even mention why you changed your mind in the e-mail you send. But if it's for a reason like you just don't want to live in a rural area, I personally wouldn't say anything. But that's just me. Ultimately, you should do whatever you feel most comfortable with.
 
Apr 10, 2019
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Hi, @HealthEducator92 thanks for answering some questions from your perspective! It's so helpful hearing from someone that has gone through the whole thing. I was wondering, what was the offer call like? Did they tell you immediately where you were placed? Did you say yes on the spot, or call them back? And once you accepted, were the next steps very clear?

Thanks!! Any other advice would be welcomed as well. The wait is literally killing me.
 
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May 14, 2019
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Hello everyone, my name is Arianna and I'm from Jackson, MS. I am participating in the 2019 PHAP application process and I just wanted to share my interview experience with some of you who haven't been interviewed thus far. My interviewer was very nice, she actually called me about 5 minutes after my scheduled interview time. We had casual conversation where she told me a few things about PHAP (stuff you can find on the internet). Then she asked if I cared about living in a rural area and what my interests in public health was. Then she proceeded to ask about 5-6 questions, Example: Tell me about a time when you completed a project that you were really proud of... the interview lasted about 20 minutes and she ended with telling me about her experience as a PHAP advisor and what I should look forward to if I am successful. She also mentioned that an email will notify us if we made it around June or early July. I hope this helps someone!
 
Feb 7, 2019
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I know this is a forum specifically for PHAP, but does anyone have advice for getting a public health job? I never got the personal statement email and still want to work in public health, but it’s tough out there for someone without a nutrition degree or graduate degree.
 
May 8, 2019
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Hi friends;

I've got a question for PHAP 2018 and earlier cohorts. If you are one of the lucky ones to be selected, what does PHAP ask you to submit besides accepting or rejecting the position within 24 hrs? Do they ask for recommendation letters, transcripts or proof of degree earned, background check or any other documents? I ask because I have a scheduled research assignment out of the country in June. Although I will have access to internet/email and phone, I wonder if I could prepare a few things before I leave town - just in case I get the call.
Thanks in advance!
 
May 15, 2019
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long time lurker first-time poster. I have my interview today and I am very excited but also a little nervous. Good luck to everyone who may be still waiting to do their interview!
 
May 14, 2019
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I know this is a forum specifically for PHAP, but does anyone have advice for getting a public health job? I never got the personal statement email and still want to work in public health, but it’s tough out there for someone without a nutrition degree or graduate degree.
I would say networking is key, definitely apply for jobs on linkedin and indeed! Those sites actually work.
 
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I know this is a forum specifically for PHAP, but does anyone have advice for getting a public health job? I never got the personal statement email and still want to work in public health, but it’s tough out there for someone without a nutrition degree or graduate degree.
Hello! I find that this website Jobs | Public Health CareerMart has a wide range of public health jobs and has been helpful for me. You can truly make any degree relevant to public health and your volunteering, internships and life experiences are what matter most in searching for any job. What I have found helpful is also identifying local organizations that align with your interests and going to their websites to see if they have posting (they may not be able to afford to post on Indeed, Monster, etc). Agencies that work with individuals with disabilities, rape crisis centers, it really depends on what you are most passionate about but there are countless ways to work in public health.

I wish you the best of luck!
 
Hi, @HealthEducator92 thanks for answering some questions from your perspective! It's so helpful hearing from someone that has gone through the whole thing. I was wondering, what was the offer call like? Did they tell you immediately where you were placed? Did you say yes on the spot, or call them back? And once you accepted, were the next steps very clear?

Thanks!! Any other advice would be welcomed as well. The wait is literally killing me.
I learned from the 2018 PHAP forum which area code they would call from. So when I saw the number, I knew immediately who it was. When they call, they tell you where you’ll be placed (City, State, Territory), your salary, what percentage the adjusted cost-of-living (COLA) will be in addition to your salary, and that you have x number of days to formally accept or decline the offer. The person who made my offer call told me I didn’t have to accept or decline right then and there and that I should talk to my family and friends before I decide. I had about two days to make a decision. (And about 2 months to the day before the first day of work.) She also mentioned that she would be following up with an e-mail containing additional details. I’d like to point out that they only mentioned the location during the call and not with whom I would be placed. (Since it was San Juan, PR, I mistakenly assumed my host site would be the CDC Dengue Branch. It ended up being the Puerto Rico Department of Health.) So I would advise you ask the following questions:
  1. Which organization you’ll be placed with. (It’s not always a health department.)
  2. What program area you’ll be working in.
  3. Ask if there are currently any PHAP stationed there. (If so, find out who they are and contact them. They’ll be able to give you the lowdown about the host site.)
Once I accepted the offer, which I believe I did by e-mail if I’m not mistaken, they provided follow up on next steps. This included how to do the background check, a link to a website where they ask you a ton of questions. (Previous employer, education, direct deposit information for your paychecks, etc.), and so on. They’ll eventually e-mail you with your host site, what your program area will be, your host site supervisor, and their information. (Most host sites haven’t been informed that they’re getting a PHAP yet. So once you have their contact information, I suggest you reach out to your host site supervisor, let them know that you’ve been selected to be (one of) their 2019 PHAP, and begin arrangements to discuss your duties and responsibilities a bit more, what to expect, etc.

Once you've received an offer and if you plan to accept, I would also suggest posting your host site location here and asking if anyone else was placed there. This forum can be a good spot for you to link up with any other PHAP at your site, especially if you're both moving to a new city.
 
Hi friends;

I've got a question for PHAP 2018 and earlier cohorts. If you are one of the lucky ones to be selected, what does PHAP ask you to submit besides accepting or rejecting the position within 24 hrs? Do they ask for recommendation letters, transcripts or proof of degree earned, background check or any other documents? I ask because I have a scheduled research assignment out of the country in June. Although I will have access to internet/email and phone, I wonder if I could prepare a few things before I leave town - just in case I get the call.
Thanks in advance!
See my previous response. ^^^ They will ask you to do a background check. I don't remember the details about that though. So I'm not sure if you can do that in advance since it's a federal background check. If you're going away, I would suggest making digital copies of all your important documents like ID, passport, social security card, etc. I can't remember if they asked for proof of graduation. (I believe they did, but not 100% on that.)
 
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I learned from the 2018 PHAP forum which area code they would call from. So when I saw the number, I knew immediately who it was. When they call, they tell you where you’ll be placed (City, State, Territory), your salary, what percentage the adjusted cost-of-living (COLA) will be in addition to your salary, and that you have x number of days to formally accept or decline the offer. The person who made my offer call told me I didn’t have to accept or decline right then and there and that I should talk to my family and friends before I decide. I had about two days to make a decision. (And about 2 months to the day before the first day of work.) She also mentioned that she would be following up with an e-mail containing additional details. I’d like to point out that they only mentioned the location during the call and not with whom I would be placed. (Since it was San Juan, PR, I mistakenly assumed my host site would be the CDC Dengue Branch. It ended up being the Puerto Rico Department of Health.) So I would advise you ask the following questions:
  1. Which organization you’ll be placed with. (It’s not always a health department.)
  2. What program area you’ll be working in.
  3. Ask if there are currently any PHAP stationed there. (If so, find out who they are and contact them. They’ll be able to give you the lowdown about the host site.)
Once I accepted the offer, which I believe I did by e-mail if I’m not mistaken, they provided follow up on next steps. This included how to do the background check, a link to a website where they ask you a ton of questions. (Previous employer, education, direct deposit information for your paychecks, etc.), and so on. They’ll eventually e-mail you with your host site, what your program area will be, your host site supervisor, and their information. (Most host sites haven’t been informed that they’re getting a PHAP yet. So once you have their contact information, I suggest you reach out to your host site supervisor, let them know that you’ve been selected to be (one of) their 2019 PHAP, and begin arrangements to discuss your duties and responsibilities a bit more, what to expect, etc.

Once you've received an offer and if you plan to accept, I would also suggest posting your host site location here and asking if anyone else was placed there. This forum can be a good spot for you to link up with any other PHAP at your site, especially if you're both moving to a new city.
Thank you so so much for this!! Super helpful info, it helps me relax a little bit in the chance I'm lucky enough to be chosen what that call/process will be like!
 
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Apr 15, 2019
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They’ve never sent rejections in the past and I would be very surprised if they started sending them this year. You can pretty much assume that if you weren’t contacted to move onto the next round (didn’t get contacted to interview or to write an essay) that you have been rejected.
This is not true as I have called HR multiple times and they have informed me that there was a glitch in their system and they have not reviewed all applications yet.
 
May 8, 2019
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See my previous response. ^^^ They will ask you to do a background check. I don't remember the details about that though. So I'm not sure if you can do that in advance since it's a federal background check. If you're going away, I would suggest making digital copies of all your important documents like ID, passport, social security card, etc. I can't remember if they asked for proof of graduation. (I believe they did, but not 100% on that.)
Thanks so much!! :)
 
May 15, 2019
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I learned from the 2018 PHAP forum which area code they would call from. So when I saw the number, I knew immediately who it was. When they call, they tell you where you’ll be placed (City, State, Territory), your salary, what percentage the adjusted cost-of-living (COLA) will be in addition to your salary, and that you have x number of days to formally accept or decline the offer. The person who made my offer call told me I didn’t have to accept or decline right then and there and that I should talk to my family and friends before I decide. I had about two days to make a decision. (And about 2 months to the day before the first day of work.) She also mentioned that she would be following up with an e-mail containing additional details. I’d like to point out that they only mentioned the location during the call and not with whom I would be placed. (Since it was San Juan, PR, I mistakenly assumed my host site would be the CDC Dengue Branch. It ended up being the Puerto Rico Department of Health.) So I would advise you ask the following questions:
  1. Which organization you’ll be placed with. (It’s not always a health department.)
  2. What program area you’ll be working in.
  3. Ask if there are currently any PHAP stationed there. (If so, find out who they are and contact them. They’ll be able to give you the lowdown about the host site.)
Once I accepted the offer, which I believe I did by e-mail if I’m not mistaken, they provided follow up on next steps. This included how to do the background check, a link to a website where they ask you a ton of questions. (Previous employer, education, direct deposit information for your paychecks, etc.), and so on. They’ll eventually e-mail you with your host site, what your program area will be, your host site supervisor, and their information. (Most host sites haven’t been informed that they’re getting a PHAP yet. So once you have their contact information, I suggest you reach out to your host site supervisor, let them know that you’ve been selected to be (one of) their 2019 PHAP, and begin arrangements to discuss your duties and responsibilities a bit more, what to expect, etc.

Once you've received an offer and if you plan to accept, I would also suggest posting your host site location here and asking if anyone else was placed there. This forum can be a good spot for you to link up with any other PHAP at your site, especially if you're both moving to a new city.
I'm assuming it will be an Alabama area code but just to be sure, is there any chance you remember and could share the area code you received the acceptance call from? Thanks for all the helpful information and tips!
 
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May 14, 2019
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I'm assuming it will be an Alabama area code but just to be sure, is there any chance you remember and could share the area code you received the acceptance call from? Thanks for all the helpful information and tips!
Wouldn't it be a 404 area code, Atlanta? I could be wrong...
 
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I'm assuming it will be an Alabama area code but just to be sure, is there any chance you remember and could share the area code you received the acceptance call from? Thanks for all the helpful information and tips!

After checking the 2018 PHAP forum, calls came from area codes 404 and 770.
 
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This is not true as I have called HR multiple times and they have informed me that there was a glitch in their system and they have not reviewed all applications yet.
I’ve called HR too and they told me that everyone would be receiving a response, either acceptance or rejection. Since many people have already completed their interviews, I suspect they may be doing the process in batches. Someone else suggested that they may be starting at the beginning of the alphabet. Has anyone confirmed that the people invited to interview so far are at the beginning of the alphabet?
 
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I’ve called HR too and they told me that everyone would be receiving a response, either acceptance or rejection. Since many people have already completed their interviews, I suspect they may be doing the process in batches. Someone else suggested that they may be starting at the beginning of the alphabet. Has anyone confirmed that the people invited to interview so far are at the beginning of the alphabet?
My last name starts with an L and I interviewed last Wednesday so unfortunately it doesn’t seem like they’re going alphabetically. :/
 
I'm assuming it will be an Alabama area code but just to be sure, is there any chance you remember and could share the area code you received the acceptance call from? Thanks for all the helpful information and tips!
@grnb Is correct. For me, it was a 770 area code. Atlanta has several area codes, so just familiarize yourself with them. I'm the type of person that doesn't answer calls from numbers I don't recognize. (If it's truly important, they usually leave a voicemail.) So it was helpful knowing which numbers to look out for. Whatever the area code, it should say Atlanta.
 
I definitely got no Mars question, but now I'm dying to know what that means!
I suppose the Mars question was last year's critical thinking question. They posed the question something like this, "Suppose it's the future and there are people living on Mars. They have a problem with texting while flying, which has caused numerous accidents/deaths. You've never been to Mars before or flown to outer space. Nor are you familiar with the culture of Mars. You also don't speak the language on Mars. You've been tasked with creating an initiative aimed at reducing texting while flying. What would you do to accomplish this?"

My response was something along the lines of, "I would want to make sure whatever initiative I work on is culturally competent. So one of the first things I would do is bring onboard a translator, someone familiar with the culture and people on Mars. Next, while I know the issue is texting while flying, I would want to speak with the people of Mars to determine if they truly find this to be a problem or if they have another take on it. I wouldn't want to create a whole initiative just to find out this isn't important to them. I would also do more research about texting while flying, how it has affected the Martian people, and how often it happens. Then, after speaking with the people, I would make sure whatever messages I draft are culturally competent by looping in the translator, so as to make sure my messages come across as respectful and clear."

My answer was a little more in-depth than that, but I don't remember all the details. In retrospect, I found the question to be a basic public health question. They wanted to know what we would do in this situation. It kind of drew from the core of everything I was taught in class. I thought it was a weird question and wasn't sure if I answered it well. However, I ran the answer by one of my professors and she absolutely loved it. That, coupled with the fact that I'm now a PHAP, means I probably answered it well haha. Hopefully, anyway!