For the last several months, finances have been getting worse and worse. Although the word being used by politicians is “recession,” in truth, these are “depression” times. It is ridiculously difficult to find employment. It is a very fine thing that the 2010 census is upon us and quite a few temporary jobs are opening up at a reasonably good rate of pay. For that reason, I recently wrote an article1 on taking the examination for such a position. That examination consisted of 28 questions.
My Experience May Benefit You
Below I discuss for your benefit, my interview with a representative from the census bureau, so you will understand the process of hiring for the 2010 Census. I am located in Virginia, and here is how it happened:
The phone rang while I was upstairs writing content articles for Associated Content. My wife called from below, “Vince – It’s for You.”
“Hello, is this Mr. Summers?” So it began. My mental image was that of a middle-aged, thin, white woman, wearing glasses, experienced for some years, but not completely comfortable at conducting interviews.
She told me she represented the census bureau. She acknowledged that I had taken an examination to work for them, and asked if I was interested in a position. Possibly because I had “aced” the 28 question examination, we would be discussing a slightly elevated position – that of assistant crew leader.
I enthusiastically agreed (the management experience will look good on my resume), and so the interview began. She told me that she would be reading the interview and pausing for my responses. I think the responses were recorded. There were perhaps a couple of dozen descriptions of the duties of the position, followed by one or two questions after each description. Would I be able and willing to do that? – she paused for my answer before reading the next portion. I answered, “Yes” to each question. I would take direction from the crew leader. I would assist the enumerator concerning problems they would have carrying out their assignment properly, including reasoning with the householder. In addition would need to be familiar with the county. Probably I would be assigned to my own county (which implies it might be otherwise).
Those Whom I Would Assist
The employment consists of a training period of about 40 hours, daytime hours, fully paid. In turn, I would train a class of “enumerators.” An enumerator is a person who visits doors to interview people for the census bureau, to obtain statistics. Enumerators come from the general public, but may not include policemen or internal revenue people and certain others for the obvious reasons that such ones would be viewed with suspicion and could use what information they would gather against a householder’s interests. Instead, all information gathered by an enumerator must remain confidential and cannot be used for any other purpose. Thus there is no need to withhold relevant material from enumerators.
My interview included one statement that raised my eyebrows a bit: One of my assignments, as assistant crew leader, will be to fingerprint those training to be enumerators.
1 You can see my article on the examination that preceded this interview, here.