Vacancy Questions Preview

Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: 05
Carefully read each question and all possible answers before selecting a
response. Some questions will be used to screen out ineligible applicants.
Applicant errors in responses will not be corrected. You are responsible for the
accuracy of your application.
Your application must describe your work and
experience, in your own words. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. "Plagiarism is
reproducing someone else's work and submitting it as your own or allowing
another person to alter or revise your work and submit it as their own." If you
fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is
insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.


1.You MUST have three years of general experience, one of which was equivalent to the GL-04 grade level, or one year of specialized experience or meet the educational requirement as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience or educational requirement for this position?
  1. Yes, I have three years of general experience OR one year of specialized experience as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT and my resume clearly describes this experience.
  2. Yes, I meet the educational requirement as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT.
  3. No, I do not meet the experience or educational requirement.


EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to a bachelor's degree, in an accredited college or university, is qualifying for GS-5 level. Applications will be accepted from applicants who expect to complete qualifying education within 30 days from the date of application. Applicants must provide evidence of successful completion of the education requirement before appointment.

NOTE: You MUST provide transcripts to receive consideration. Transcripts MUST be uploaded and electronically transferred from USAJOBS andMUST include identifying information to include School Name, Student Name, Degree and Date Awarded (if applicable).

ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS

LISTED BELOW ARE GROUPED STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE ASSESSMENTS/COMPETENCIES NECESSARY FOR THE POSITION. Read each question carefully and select the answer choice that best describes your experience.

2.Correctional Officers are required to enforce rules and direct inmate activities throughout the institution without causing disruptions. To successfully accomplish these tasks, he/she must possess the ability to converse with individuals in such a manner to ensure understanding of the audience, and to ensure conformance with applicable rules and regulations. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.

  1. I have worked as retail/restaurant worker; and/or I have worked as a daycare provider; and/or I have completed an introduction to public speaking course; and/or I have participated on a high school debate team; and/or I have served as an assistant coach; and/or I have worked as a customer/visitor greeter.
  2. I have presented a speech to an organized group; and/or I have provided testimony in a criminal case as a witness; and/or I have given a product demonstration or seminar to a large group.
  3. I have provided safety training to others to ensure a safe work environment; and/or I have provided general instructions/information to inquiries received from external sources; and/or I have completed a Dale Carnegie or equivalent course.
  4. None of the above.


3.Correctional Officers must possess the ability to pay attention to detail while employed in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. It is imperative he/she is able to recognize signs of discord, such as tension among known adversaries, or abnormal behavior, such as giving personal items away in order to diffuse, report or thwart potential serious situations. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have responded telephonically to crisis line victims; and/or I have gathered information as instructed during an investigation; and/or I have volunteered at a women's/homeless shelter; and/or I have officiated at a Special Olympics event; and/or I have assisted in performing security checks on persons, mail, deliveries, vehicles, etc., entering a secure environment.
  2. I have prevented an individual from injuring himself/herself or others; and/or I have provided assistance in diffusing a possible disturbance between clients; and/or I have recognized unacceptable behavior of student(s) and recommended or provided appropriate discipline; and/or I have completed a 4 year course of study in criminal justice or criminology.
  3. I have followed established procedures in processing client/customer complaints or inquiries; and/or I have logged in visitors to an office building; and/or I have observed and reported signs of discord, stress or abnormal behavior to appropriate party for action.
  4. None of the above.


4.Correctional Officers must possess the ability to compose clear and concise written documentation. Specifically, Correctional Officers must be able to recall, organize, and document in written format information such as Incident Reports, work orders, memorandums of involvement in specific incidents, accident or injury reports and other types of written correspondence. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have prepared editorials/articles for publication; and/or I have prepared performance appraisals on subordinate employees; and/or I have prepared a grant proposal to obtain additional funding or new equipment; and/or I have prepared lesson plans for elementary or secondary level education programs; and/or I have written a college term paper.
  2. I have prepared legible routine correspondence; and/or I have completed an Introduction to Writing course; and/or I have completed applications for employment, benefits, and/or assistance; and/or I have maintained log books.
  3. I have prepared documents from instructions provided; and/or I have prepared incident reports; and/or I have prepared contracts or other documents using pre-printed or standard forms.
  4. None of the above.


5.Correctional Officers must be able to direct and supervise groups of inmates from diverse backgrounds, cultures and religious beliefs. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have led a church youth group; and/or I have worked/volunteered at a daycare center, assisted living, and/or nursing home; and/or I have worked as a substitute teacher; and/or I have worked as a bus driver.
  2. I have served in a "supervisory trainee" capacity in a juvenile detention facility; and/or I have convinced inmates to continue to work in severe weather conditions; and/or I have supervised inmates on town trips without incident; and/or I have supervised arts and crafts or an equivalent activity in a state/local/private mental health facility.
  3. I have completed a course on training and/or supervision techniques; and/or I have supervised inmates/patients/clients during recreational activities; and/or I have applied the mechanics of supervision learned through observation of other officers/individuals.
  4. None of the above.


6.Correctional Officers must possess the ability to interpret and apply written instructions, policies and procedures in supervising the inmate population and to maintain the overall security and mission of the institution. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have conducted inmate counts to ensure accountability; and/or I have reviewed post orders for each job assignment; and/or I have observed and reported an inmate's misconduct in accordance with prescribed sanctions.
  2. I have provided recommendations to update policy; and/or I have constructed new homes in accordance with building codes; and/or I have inspected structures in accordance with building/structure code; and/or I have enforced entrance/exit procedures in a controlled environment.
  3. I have listened and applied verbal instructions; and/or I have followed job/school related guidelines; and/or I have completed forms to receive benefits/employment.
  4. I have satisfactorily secured weapons according to policy at the end of the day; and/or I have worked as a teachers aid and followed the teacher's instructions to complete tasks; and/or I have coordinated an event using established guidelines; and/or I oversaw the accomplishment of daily tasks in accordance with employer instructions; and/or I have maintained inmate accountability on a work detail.
  5. None of the above.


7.Correctional Officers must be able to remain calm and make sound decisions quickly in emergency situations. He/she must be able to maintain their poise in tense situations and handle controversial and/or delicate matters with skill and confidence. Decisions made may involve life threatening situations such as escapes, assaults, riots, disturbances, hostage dilemmas or medical emergencies. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have talked an inmate into surrendering hard contraband (i.e., knives, shanks, picks, etc.) after he/she had repeatedly refused to do so; and/or I have intervened to stop a fight between two armed individuals; and/or I have subdued an individual who was resisting arrest.
  2. While in the military service, I have repaired equipment during security exercises; and/or I have completed a college level course covering deviant or abnormal behavior; and/or I have completed a course in defensive driving; and/or I have conducted security checks to allow and/or prevent others from entering a facility or restricted area.
  3. I have called 911 and relayed information; and/or I have served as volunteer fireman; and/or I have assisted in the performance of CPR; and/or I have participated in a mock emergency exercise.
  4. None of the above.


Grade: 06
Carefully read each question and all possible answers before selecting a
response. Some questions will be used to screen out ineligible applicants.
Applicant errors in responses will not be corrected. You are responsible for the
accuracy of your application.
Your application must describe your work and
experience, in your own words. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. "Plagiarism is
reproducing someone else's work and submitting it as your own or allowing
another person to alter or revise your work and submit it as their own." If you
fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is
insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.


1.You must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GL-5 grade level or meet the educational requirement as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience or educational requirement for this position?
  1. Yes, I have one year of specialized experience as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT and my resume clearly describes this experience.
  2. Yes, I meet the educational requirement as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT.
  3. No, I do not meet the experience and/or educational requirement.


EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: 9 semester hours or 14 quarter hours of graduate level education in a major study in criminal justice, social science, or other field related to this position.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted from applicants who expect to complete qualifying education within 30 days from the date of application. Applicants must provide evidence of successful completion of the education requirement before appointment.

NOTE: You MUST provide transcripts to receive consideration. Transcripts MUST be uploaded and electronically transferred from USAJOBS andMUST include identifying information to include School Name, Student Name, Degree and Date Awarded (if applicable).

ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS

LISTED BELOW ARE GROUPED STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE ASSESSMENTS/COMPETENCIES NECESSARY FOR THE POSITION. Read each question carefully and select the answer choice that best describes your experience.

2. Correctional Officers are required to enforce rules and direct inmate activities throughout the institution without causing disruptions. To successfully accomplish these tasks, he/she must possess the ability to converse with individuals in such a manner to ensure understanding of the audience, and to ensure conformance with applicable rules and regulations. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.

  1. I have provided safety talks to inmates; and/or I have provided general instructions/information to inquiries received from external sources; and/or I have completed a Dale Carnegie or equivalent course.
  2. I have researched, prepared and delivered a speech to a large audience; and/or I have conducted a training course on a new procedure; and/or I have taught classes in an educational setting; and/or I have taken control and calmed an individual after he/she became disruptive.
  3. I have presented a speech to an organized group; and/or I have provided testimony in a court case as a witness; and/or I have given a product demonstration or seminar.
  4. None of the above.


3.Correctional Officers must possess the ability to pay attention to detail while employed in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. It is imperative he/she is able to recognize signs of discord, such as tension among known adversaries, or abnormal behavior, such as giving personal items away in order to diffuse, report or thwart potential serious situations. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have assisted in preventing disturbances between clients; and/or I have disciplined students for unacceptable behavior, in accordance with standard operating procedures; and/or I have completed 9 semester hours of graduate level course work in criminal justice, criminology, or law.
  2. I have discovered a weapon on a student/minor; and/or I have provided armed escort of inmates to locations outside of confinement; and/or I have prohibited a patient from injuring himself or others in a mental institution; and/or I have captured an escaped inmate while employed in a correctional environment; and/or I have defended the United States in combat action.
  3. I have performed security checks on persons, mail, deliveries, vehicles, etc., entering a secure environment; and/or I have responded telephonically to crisis line victims; and/or I have gathered information as instructed during an investigation.
  4. None of the above.


4.Correctional Officers must possess the ability to compose clear and concise written documentation. Specifically, Correctional Officers must be able to recall, organize, and document in written format information such as Incident Reports, work orders, memorandums of involvement in specific incidents, accident or injury reports and other types of written correspondence. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have prepared documents from instructions provided; and/or I have prepared incident reports; and/or I have prepared contracts or other documents using pre-printed or standard forms.
  2. I have independently drafted instructions that resulted in a change in policy; and/or I have independently prepared investigative police reports; and/or I have written a master level thesis; and/or I have prepared contractual documents, justifications, proposals, etc.
  3. I have prepared editorials/articles for publication; and/or I have prepared performance appraisals on subordinate employees; and/or I have prepared a grant proposal to obtain additional funding or new equipment; and/or I have prepared lesson plans for elementary or secondary level education programs; and/or I have written a college term paper.
  4. None of the above.


5.Correctional Officers must possess the ability to interpret and apply written instructions, policies and procedures in supervising the inmate population and to maintain the overall security and mission of the institution. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have analyzed past practices in a correctional facility and implemented new procedures for improved supervision of inmates; and/or I have reviewed operating instructions and recommended procedures in reducing waste; and/or I have reviewed case histories of patients and made release recommendations.
  2. I have served as an inmate representative/witness during a disciplinary hearing; and/or I have enforced nuisance contraband or excess property policy in an institutional environment; and/or I have completed a graduate level internship.
  3. I have satisfactorily secured weapons according to policy at the end of the day; and/or I have worked as a teachers aid and followed the teacher's instructions to complete tasks; and/or I have coordinated an event using established guidelines; and/or I oversaw the accomplishment of daily tasks in accordance with employer instructions; and/or I have maintained inmate accountability on a work detail.
  4. I have provided recommendations to update policy; and/or I have inspected structures in accordance with building/structures code; and/or I have conducted inmate counts to ensure accountability; and/or I have reviewed post orders for each job assignment; and/or I have observed and reported an inmate's misconduct in accordance with prescribed sanctions; and/or I have enforced entrance/exit procedures in a controlled environment.
  5. None of the above.


6.Correctional Officers must be able to direct and supervise groups of inmates from diverse backgrounds, cultures and religious beliefs. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have performed as a platoon commander; and/or I have supervised, trained, and disciplined individuals with abnormal behavior or behavioral problems; and/or I have convinced inmates to return to work which ended a work stoppage.
  2. I have completed a course on training and/or supervision techniques; and/or I have supervised inmates/patients/clients during recreational activities; and/or I have learned the mechanics of supervision through observation of other officers/individuals.
  3. I have served in a "supervisory trainee" capacity; and/or I have convinced inmates to continue to work under normal working conditions; and/or I have supervised inmates on town trips without incident; and/or I have explained to incarcerated individuals how to complete job assignments and provided assistance to those that needed it.
  4. None of the above.


7.Correctional Officers must be able to remain calm and make sound decisions quickly in emergency situations. He/she must be able to maintain their poise in tense situations and handle controversial and/or delicate matters with skill and confidence. Decisions made by the incumbent may involve life threatening situations such as escapes, assaults, riots, disturbances, hostage dilemmas or medical emergencies. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. While in the military reserves, I have repaired equipment during security exercises; and/or I have completed a college level course covering deviant or abnormal behavior; and/or I have completed a course in defensive driving; and/or I have participated in a security detail or event; and/or I have conducted security checks to allow and/or prevent others from entering a facility or restricted area.
  2. I have recognized an attempted suicide and taken appropriate action to save the individual; and/or I have physically disarmed a person who had assaulted another individual; and/or I have taken the appropriate action in calling for assistance/evacuating individuals during an emergency situation; and/or I have administered CPR or first aid to a seriously injured person.
  3. I have talked an inmate into surrendering contraband after he had repeatedly refused to do so; and/or I have intervened to stop a fight between two unarmed individuals; and/or I have convinced an individual resisting arrest to comply with instructions given.
  4. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.What is your gender?
  1. Male
  2. Female


2.If applicable, please check which of the following foreign languages you speak FLUENTLY:
  1. Spanish
  2. Arabic
  3. Chinese
  4. French
  5. Japanese


* 3.Previous law enforcement experience or Veterans Preference:
  1. I have previously held a Federal civilian law enforcement position covered by special retirement provisions and can provide an SF-50 upon request as proof of such service; or I am a qualified preference eligible.
  2. I have not previously held a Federal civilian law enforcement position; and I am not a preference eliglble.


4.How did you hear about this employment opportunity with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP)?
  1. Private information service
  2. Magazine
  3. Newspaper
  4. Radio
  5. Television
  6. Poster/Flyer
  7. Private employment office
  8. State Employment/Unemployment Office or Career Service Center
  9. State or local Job Information Center
  10. BOP Employee Services Department (bulletin board or other form announcement)
  11. School or college counselor or other official
  12. Agency or other Federal government recruitment at school or college
  13. Recruitment event (other than school or college)
  14. Friend or relative working for the BOP
  15. Friend or relative not working for the BOP
  16. Religious organization
  17. USAJOBS, the official job site of the US Federal Government
  18. BOP Website
  19. Internet job site
  20. Contacted the BOP on my own
  21. Military publication
  22. Military Separation Center
  23. Professional Organization
  24. Federal Job Publication (i.e., Federal Jobs Digest, etc)
  25. Other