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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 one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-4 grade level, or meet the education requirements as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience and/or education requirements for this position?
  1. Yes
  2. No


NOTE: If you are using education to qualify, you must provide transcripts to receive consideration. Transcripts MUST be received in the announcing office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

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.Time and Leave Clerks must communicate with institution staff and timekeepers to obtain, exchange and clarify factual information related to processing documents involved in payroll operations. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have spoken with institution staff to clarify leave used; and/or I have responded to employees' questions regarding leave entitlement; and/or I have answered routine payroll questions.
  2. I have explained criteria for entitlement to premium pay, special salary rates, etc.; and/or I have communicated with employees about questionable leave usage; and/or I have answered complex payroll questions which required in-depth explanation.
  3. I have communicated with co-workers, staff, inmates, or members of the general public; and/or I have answered routine clerical questions; and/or I have assisted with visitor in-processing, explaining basic visitation policies.
  4. None of the above.


3.Time and Leave Clerks must be able to analyze and evaluate time and attendance information/data to effectively resolve problems related to time and attendance records. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have evaluated and resolved pay discrepancies; and/or I have analyzed routine time and attendance error reports; and/or I have analyzed information and provided solutions to pay problems.
  2. I have examined time and attendance records and realized a problem exists with the record; and/or I have required assistance when evaluating pay discrepancies; and/or I have analyzed information related to routine pay issues.
  3. I have analyzed unusual time and attendance error reports and resolved errors; and/or I have evaluated and resolved complex pay discrepancies; and/or I have analyzed information and provided solutions to pay problems involving special salary rates, continuation of pay, comp time, etc.
  4. None of the above.


4.Time and Leave Clerks must have the ability to use a computer and be able to input, manipulate and retrieve data. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have input time and attendance information into an electronic time and attendance system; and/or I have generated standard time and attendance reports; and/or I have understood recurring error reports and taken corrective action.
  2. I have corrected improperly documented overtime entries; and/or I have generated special or one-of-a-kind time and attendance reports; and/or I have understood unusual error reports and taken corrective action.
  3. I have input data into Quattro Pro or an equivalent database; and/or I have sorted data within a database; and/or I have generated routine reports from a database.
  4. None of the above.


5.To accurately process time and attendance reports, Time and Leave Clerks must have knowledge of rules and regulations pertaining to time and attendance. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have posted computed and balanced hours of work using correct codes for leave and overtime; and/or I have responded to routine questions concerning time and attendance; and/or I have completed training in completing time and attendance records.
  2. I have solved complex problems with time and attendance records; and/or I have applied regulations to a full range of time and attendance issues; and/or I have verified indebtedness due to overpayment of pay.
  3. I have applied regulations covering overtime, night differential and Sunday pay; and/or I have required assistance when resolving complex problems with time and attendance records; and/or I have prepared time and attendance information for worker compensation cases.
  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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