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Grade: 03

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.



* 1.You must have experience of sufficient scope and quality to do the work of the position. Your application must show that you have sufficient training and experience to perform the duties of the position as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the requirements for this position?
  1. Yes
  2. No


NOTE: Your resume must clearly document in detail how you possess the qualifications to successfully perform the duties of this position at the journeyman level. Failure to specifically identify skills equivalent to a journeyman may result in your being found ineligible. This information along with your responses to the assessment questions will be used to determine your qualifications for the position.

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.Material Handler Supervisors must be able to lead other workers or supervise subordinates, to deal objectively and harmoniously with others, and to render sound decisions. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have led other employees as a regular assignment; and/or I have organized tools and materials for other employees; and/or I have interpreted instructions and verbal work orders for other workers.
  2. I have experience as a foreman supervising journeyman workers in the line of work; and/or I have been responsible for estimating material, equipment and manpower needs; and/or I have scheduled workflow or work assignments; and/or I have trained helpers, apprentices or intermediate workers.
  3. I have supervised small groups of workers; and/or I have experience estimating time and materials; and/or I have provided training to new workers; and/or I have supervised small groups of inmates in a correctional setting.
  4. I have supervised an inmate crew in the line of work, in a correctional setting; and/or I have made work assignments according to individual abilities; and/or I have scheduled workflow in compliance with security needs; and/or I have provided formal and informal training to members of the crew.
  5. None of the above.


* 3.In a correctional setting, a Material Handler Supervisor must demonstrate an aptitude for work with prisoners in the accomplishment of tasks and functions. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I am willing to work with prisoners in confined areas; and/or I have the capacity for using good judgment such as determining the necessary action in unusual circumstances that might arise in a correctional institution.
  2. I have experience in community crime or delinquency prevention programs; and/or I have done recreation work in a police boys club; and/or I have experience in giving vocational training in a correctional or rehabilitative organization; and/or I have a strong interest in corrections as evidenced by training or education in correctional work, criminology, sociology, penology, and/or law.
  3. I have experience as a foreman or correctional officer supervising an inmate crew on a daily basis in a correctional institution; and/or I have demonstrated the ability to stimulate the interest of inmates who are reluctant to learn trade work; and/or I have demonstrated the ability to observe the principles and practices of prison security (i.e. safeguard shop tools and materials and report attitudes and actions indicative of potential security problems).
  4. None of the above.


4.Material Handler Supervisors must be knowledgeable of trade practices, alternative methods, production, design and handling. They must have the ability to keep things neat, clear and in order. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have experience as a foreman supervising small groups of workers; and/or I have estimated time and materials; and/or I have provided training for new workers.
  2. I have experience as a foreman supervising workers in the warehousing line of work; and/or I have been responsible for estimating material, equipment and manpower needs; and/or I have scheduled workflow, work assignments and trained co-workers.
  3. I have experience in leading workers as a regular assignment; and/or I have organized material, equipment and met deadlines; and/or I have some experience with correctional administration, criminology, penology or related field or have experience as a correctional officer supervising inmates on a day-to-day basis in a correctional institution.
  4. None of the above.


5.Material Handler Supervisors must have the ability to interpret instructions and directives and to carry out oral and written orders. They must also have the ability to comply with rules, regulations and policies. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have followed general instructions in storing and moving on a day-to-day basis.
  2. I have worked as a warehouseman and have carried out simple oral instructions.
  3. I have been a supervisor or leader over several subordinates, interpreting instructions and instructing in proper loading and unloading, packing and storage.
  4. None of the above.


6.Material Handler Supervisors must be knowledgeable of all the materials used in the variety of trades included in this job. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have knowledge of a wide range of materials and have safely stored materials without wasted space.
  2. I have a basic knowledge of materials of several trades but no specific knowledge of storing or choosing materials.
  3. I have been a supervisor or leader over several subordinate staff and have verified, sorted, stored and interpreted instructions and defined specific properties of materials.
  4. None of the above.


7.Material Handler Supervisors must maintain a safe work environment as well as appropriate speed and quality of work levels, safety training, etc. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have performed tasks that required speed and accuracy and coordination of hand, foot, and body movement; and/or I have trained staff in proper safety methods for storage and stacking of supplies and products; and/or I have maintained an excellent safety record.
  2. I have worked without evidence of on-the-job injury; and/or I have performed tasks such as loading and storing equipment, supplies, boxes, etc., without loss of quality and on schedule without an on-the-job injury.
  3. I have performed with little or no danger to others; and/or I have performed basic warehouse tasks timely and efficiently with no safety violations.
  4. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
1.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.





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