So far this sounds pretty normal. Here is where federal hiring leaves reality. That person that looks at your application probably has no background in the field you are applying for. Then the top candidates (as scored by a person outside your field of expertise) get an interview.
In the real world an interview is a really important part of getting hired. In federal service it is a pass/fail and then it goes back to the hiring center and they somehow decide who to hire.
The net result is that you can hire a bunch of people and ther will be a fair percentage that you look at and ask, "HTF did they hire him?" In the same hiring group I was hired in, my agency hired a guy that the Navy had removed from the same type if work for lack of professional progress and poor decision making. How did he get hired? Well it turns out the application never asks if you have been subject to a performance board. It asks if you have been fired and if you have had any accidents. Surprise, this guy absolutely sucks at his job, but you can't get rid of him.
Sounds like normal Civil Service hiring to me. The only sad part is that the rest of society has followed like the suicidal lemmings they really are. Now Corporations are barely distinguishable from their government masters.