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. 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 at the time you apply and MUST 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, they 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 sought assistance from others to resolve an altercation between inmates/clients; and/or I have verbally counseled an inmate/client on behavioral infractions; and/or I have presented a speech to an organized group; and/or I have secured a housing unit or inmate/client living quarters for count; and/or I have given a product demonstration or seminar to a large group.
  2. I have provided safety talks/lectures to others on equipment and tool issues to ensure a safe work environment; and/or I have issued a citation; and/or I have provided general instructions/information to inquiries received from external sources; and/or I have distributed written correspondence to a unit or group of inmates/clients; and/or I have completed a Dale Carnegie or equivalent public speaking course.
  3. I have worked as retail/restaurant worker; and/or I have worked as 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.
  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 they be 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 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.
  2. I have performed mental health checks while working as a military police officer, correctional officer, mental health professional, or equivalent; and/or I have responded telephonically to crisis line victims; and/or I have performed volunteer work at a women's/homeless shelter; and/or I have recognized unusual groupings of individuals and reported to higher authority; and/or I have provided assistance in diffusing a possible disturbance between clients.
  3. I have in accordance with standard operating procedures, disciplined clients for unacceptable behavior; and/or I have requested medical assistance for an inmate/client who appeared ill or who was unresponsive.
  4. 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; and/or I have completed a 4 year course of study in criminal justice or criminology.
  5. 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; prepared contracts or other documents using pre-printed and/or standard forms; and/or I have written a college term paper; and/or I have issued a citation or field article; and/or I have written a summary report from an audit finding.
  2. I have prepared editorials/articles for publication; and/or I have prepared performance appraisals on subordinate employees; and/or I have conducted and documented inventory findings (i.e., keys, emergency equipment, protective equipment, munitions/ammunitions); and/or I have prepared a grant proposal to obtain additional funding or new equipment.
  3. I have prepared a confidential report/sensitive information report that was used for disciplinary or investigative purposes; and/or I have prepared lesson plans for elementary or secondary level education programs.
  4. I have prepared legible routine correspondence; and/or I have completed an "Introduction to Writing" course or equivalent; and/or I have completed applications for employment, benefits, and/or assistance; and/or I have maintained log books.
  5. 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 conducted internal and external security checks as required by written procedure; and/or I have provided recommendations to update policy; 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.
  2. I have conducted inmate counts to ensure accountability; and/or I have reviewed post orders for each job assignment; and/or I have satisfactorily secured weapons according to policy at the end of the day; and/or I have coordinated an event using established guidelines; and/or I have overseen the accomplishment of daily tasks in accordance with employer instructions; and/or I have maintained inmate accountability on a work detail.
  3. I have listened and applied verbal instruction; and/or I have attended an employee orientation/customer service training session; and/or I have followed job/school related guidelines; and/or I have completed forms to receive benefits/employment.
  4. 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 served in a "supervisory trainee" capacity; and/or I have convinced inmates to work under unusual/adverse working conditions (i.e, snow removal, hurricane preparation); and/or I have supervised groups of inmates on town trips (i.e., medical trips, court appearances, beside visits, funerals) without incident.
  2. I have completed a course on training and/or supervision techniques; and/or I have assisted in providing supervision to inmates/clients/patients during recreational activities; and/or I have learned the mechanics of supervision through observation of other officers/individuals; and/or I have led a customer service training session.
  3. I have explained to incarcerated individuals how to complete job assignments and provided assistance to those that needed it; and/or I have supervised arts and crafts or equivalent activity in a state/local/private mental health facility.
  4. I have led church youth group; and/or I have worked/volunteered at 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.
  5. None of the above.


7.Correctional Officers must be able to remain calm and make sound decisions quickly in emergency situations. They must be able to maintain their poise in tense situations and handle controversial and/or delicate matters with skill and confidence. Decisions made by Correctional Officers 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 intervened to stop a fight between two unarmed individuals; and/or I have persuaded an uncooperative individual to comply with verbal directives when confronted with alternative choices; and/or I have administered CPR or first aid to a seriously injured person; and/or I have conducted an internal/external search of an area or facility due to an alleged escape.
  2. 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.
  3. I have manned an escape post due to an escape; 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 administered a breathalyzer check without incident; 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.
  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. 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 at the time you apply and MUST 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, they 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 testimony in a court case as a witness; and/or I have researched, prepared and delivered a speech on a correctional or security related topic; and/or I have conducted a training course on a new security procedure/technique; and/or I have in response to an assistance call, alerted others to respond to an emergency situation in progress; and/or I have taken control and calmed an individual after he/she became disruptive.
  2. I have sought assistance from others to resolve an altercation between inmates/clients; and/or I have verbally counseled an inmate/client on a behavioral infractions; and/or I have presented a speech to an organized group; and/or I have secured a housing unit or inmate/client living quarters for count; and/or I have given a product demonstration or seminar to a larger group.
  3. I have provided safety talks/lectures to others on equipment and tool issues to ensure a safe work environment; and/or I have issued a citation; and/or I have provided general instructions/information to inquiries received from external sources; and/or I have distributed written correspondence to a unit or group of inmates/clients; and/or I have completed a Dale Carnegie or equivalent public speaking 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 they be able to recognize signs of discord, such as tension among known adversaries, or abnormal behavior, such as giving personal items away. This knowledge is required 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 searched and found contraband when inmates/clients acted suspicious; and/or I have provided armed escort of inmates to locations outside of confinement (i.e., funerals, medical trips, bedside visits, court appearances); and/or I have provided life saving measures to an unresponsive individual.
  2. I have prevented a patient from injuring himself or others while working in a mental institution; and/or I have assisted with the apprehension of an escaped felon while employed in a correctional environment.
  3. I have performed mental health checks while working as a military police officer, correctional officer, mental health professional, or equivalent; and/or I have responded telephonically to crisis line victims; and/or I have performed volunteer work at a women's/homeless shelter; and/or I have recognized unusual groupings of individuals and reported to higher authority.
  4. I have provided assistance in diffusing a possible disturbance between clients; and/or I have disciplined clients for unacceptable behavior, in accordance with standard operating procedures; and/or I have requested medical assistance for an inmate/client who appeared ill or who was unresponsive.
  5. 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; and/or I have completed 9 semester hours of graduate level course work in criminal justice, criminology, or law.
  6. 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 conducted and documented inventory findings (i.e., keys, emergency equipment, protective equipment, munitions/ammunitions); and/or I have prepared a grant proposal to obtain additional funding or new equipment.
  2. I have prepared a confidential report/sensitive information report that was used for disciplinary or investigative purposes; and/or I have written a master level thesis.
  3. I have independently drafted instructions that resulted in a change in policy; and/or I have collaborated with others on the development of post orders, contingency plans, special operations directive or equivalent; and/or I have authored a document that was used as evidence in a court proceeding; and/or I have independently prepared investigative police reports; and/or I have prepared contractual documents, justifications, proposals, etc.
  4. 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 and/or standard forms; and/or I have written a college term paper; and/or I have issued a citation or field article; and/or I have written a summary report from an audit finding.
  5. 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 enforce the same 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; and/or I have served as an inmate representative/witness during a disciplinary hearing.
  2. I have prevented unauthorized items (i.e., drugs/narcotics/weapons/tobacco, cell phones, hazardous items) from entering a secure screening site; and/or I have enforced nuisance contraband or excess property policy in an institutional environment.
  3. I have conducted internal and external security checks as required by written procedure; and/or I have provided recommendations to update policy; 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; and/or I have completed a graduate level internship.
  4. I have conducted inmate counts to ensure accountability; and/or I have reviewed post orders for each job assignment; and/or I have satisfactorily secured weapons according to policy at the end of the day; and/or I have coordinated an event using established guidelines; and/or I have overseen 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.


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 supervised inmates/clients with disciplinary, problematic, disorderly, disruptive behaviors or traits; guarded military prisoners; and/or I have guarded absentees/deserters returned to military control; and/or I have supervised brig operations or correctional custody units; and/or I have convinced inmates to return to work which prevented a work stoppage or disturbance from occurring.
  2. I have served in a "supervisory trainee" capacity; and/or I have convinced inmates to work under unusual/adverse working conditions (i.e, snow removal, hurricane preparation); and/or I have supervised groups of inmates on town trips (i.e., medical trips, court appearances, beside visits, funerals) without incident.
  3. I have explained to incarcerated individuals how to complete job assignments and provided assistance to those that needed it; and/or I have supervised arts and crafts or equivalent activity in a state/local/private mental health facility.
  4. I have completed a course on training and/or supervision techniques; and/or I have assisted in providing supervision to inmates/clients/patients during recreational activities; and/or I have learned the mechanics of supervision through observation of other officers/individuals; and/or I have led a customer service training session.
  5. None of the above.


7.Correctional Officers must be able to remain calm and make sound decisions quickly in emergency situations. They must be able to maintain their poise in tense situations and handle controversial and/or delicate matters with skill and confidence. Decisions made by Correctional Officers 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 manned an escape post due to an escape; 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 administered a breathalyzer check without incident; 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 discovered a suicide in progress and took appropriate action to save the individual; and/or I have physically disarmed a person who had assaulted another individual; and/or I have talked an inmate into surrendering contraband (i.e., knives, shanks, picks, etc.) after he had repeatedly refused to do so; and/or I have taken the appropriate action in calling for assistance/evacuating individuals during an emergency situation.
  3. I have subdued an individual who was resisting arrest; and/or I have discovered escape paraphernalia (i.e., clothing, rope, grappling hook, gloves, linen, dummy, etc.) and made the appropriate notifications.
  4. I have intervened to stop a fight between two unarmed individuals; and/or I have persuaded an uncooperative individual to comply with verbal directives when confronted with alternative choices; and/or I have administered CPR or first aid to a seriously injured person; and/or I have conducted an internal/external search of an area or facility due to an alleged escape.
  5. 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. Discover Corrections
  26. Washington DC Diversity
  27. Other


Thank you for applying for a position with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. We appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey.