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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.
You must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-7 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?
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If you are using education to qualify, you must provide transcripts to receive consideration. Transcripts
be received in the announcing office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
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.
Human Resource Specialists must lead groups in formal, organized training exercises that encourage group participation. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
I have given safety talks to inmates and encouraged them to follow safety procedures; and/or I have volunteered as a group leader in an organization such as the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts; and/or I have demonstrated new office procedures to co-workers.
I have given opening remarks and conducted activities to stimulate participation during a conference or training session; and/or I have supervised unit orderlies in a housing unit and motivated them to maintain a high sanitation level; and/or I have served as a program manager on a collateral basis for a Special Emphasis program such as Selective Placement or Federal Women's Program.
I have served as an instructor for mandatory, recurring training - firearms or self-defense training, etc.; and/or I have taught a course to employees during training such as proper security techniques or computer security; and/or I have had a lead role in a volunteer campaign such as the Combined Federal Campaign or Employee's Club.
None of the above.
Human Resource Specialists must have a comprehensive knowledge of personnel policies, regulations, guidelines, personnel trends, research and literature. They must interpret and apply guidelines and regulations in such areas as position classification, staffing, EEO, training, performance evaluations, incentive awards, labor management relations and disciplinary/adverse actions. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
I have requested and processed certificate of eligible candidates; and/or I have prepared and processed merit promotion certificates; and/or I have determined applicant qualifications for position; and/or I have audited promotion board files for adherence to HR policy; and/or I have researched and identified resources to answer personnel questions; and/or I have responded to questions on employee benefits; and/or I have determined proper pay setting for new employees.
I have completed and submitted VAIF form to request the announcement of vacant positions; and/or I have determined eligibility and suitability for employment; and/or I have maintained applicant supply files; and/or I have advised management and staff on technical personnel issues and concerns.
I have participated in EEO committee meetings and activities as an HR resource person or program manager; and/or I have prepared disciplinary actions; and/or I have provided technical advice and procedural information to management and/or staff; and/or I have applied competitive and excepted procedures for hiring applicants.
None of the above.
Human Resource Specialists must be able to interpret and apply a wide variety of OPM and agency regulations, and other instructional/regulatory materials. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
I have provided information to management on special hiring programs, or training requirements; and/or I have ensured that all pre-employment forms were filed and properly completed prior to enter on duty date; and/or I have answered technical questions regarding OPM and/or agency personnel/training regulations.
I have provided information to management on performance program, or training requirements; and/or I have gathered information for applicant objection package; and/or I have resolved employee issues regarding benefits; and/or I have provided technical assistance to personnel assistant; and/or I have answered technical questions regarding OPM and/or agency personnel and/or training regulations.
I have processed employee arbitrations, EEO, and/or MSPB complaints; and/or I have determined applicant eligibility for reinstatement or VRA appointment; and/or I have provided responses to grievances or unfair labor practices by researching policy; and/or I have ensured compliance with the performance appraisal system; and/or I have developed recruitment sources and methods; and/or I have determined appropriateness of reimbursements for training to employees.
None of the above.
Human Resource Specialists communicate with people of various backgrounds by writing in a clear and concise manner, while following established rules and guidelines. They must write a variety of correspondence and personnel documents. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
I have prepared a disciplinary letter using facts and reports supplied by others; and/or I have prepared a statement of work outlining training services to be provided by vendors; and/or I have prepared annual reports for executive staff/upper level management showing the completion of required training (annual training, ethics, computer security, etc.).
I have written a HR/training newsletter article; and/or I have written recruitment literature; and/or I have prepared Congressional correspondence.
I have written position descriptions; and/or I have prepared justifications for above the minimum and/or recruitment bonus requests; and/or I have prepared memoranda or letters for supervisors or Executive Staff signature; and/or I have prepared e-mail messages to provide personnel/training information and to solicit information from others.
I have prepared responses to unusual or unique personnel/training issues; and/or I have composed memorandum for supervisor's signature; and/or I have prepared meeting summary from meeting minutes; and/or I have prepared a draft newsletter article; and/or I have prepared training agenda to relay course information to instructors and participants; and/or I have created e-mail to explain new policy to employees.
None of the above.
Human Resource Specialists typically deal with institutional, regional and central office staff. They must demonstrate effective oral communication skills, expressing technical information clearly and concisely. Contacts require the ability to meet and deal in an impartial manner. They must be skilled in interpersonal communication to conduct training classes, orientations, and seminars. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
I have conducted pre-employment interviews; and/or I have provided guidance to management on position classification, labor-management relations, or leave policies; and/or I have answered questions on applicant qualifications for a position; and/or I have explained employee development policies and procedures to staff.
I have reviewed course evaluations and answered questions from instructors in accordance with policy; and/or I have spoken to employees about cross development courses; and/or I have given an oral presentation to management on the results of a survey; and/or at job fairs, I have spoken to potential applicants about career opportunities.
I have contacted agency headquarters for guidance on HR/training policies and procedures; and/or I have contacted applicants to schedule interviews; and/or I have briefed management on personnel selections; and/or I have conducted training sessions on new technology for co-workers.
I have responded to administrative/technical questions from upper level management; and/or I have provided technical information to employees regarding office procedures and how to complete forms such as the training authorization form, course evaluation form, etc.; and/or I have answered questions on promotion procedures; and/or I have updated management on the status of promotion actions.
I have counseled employees on career development; and/or I have provided staff training on a variety of human resource issues; and/or I have advised management in personnel areas such as insurance, benefits, leave, and staffing procedures; and/or I have consulted with OPM staff regarding an objection action.
I have responded to inquiries about available training and clarified eligibility requirements and application procedures; and/or I have taught a course for employees such as new employee orientation and/or instructor skills; and/or I have provided career development advice to new employees.
None of the above.
Grade: All Grades
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USAJOBS, the official job site of the US Federal Government
Internet job site
Contacted the BOP on my own
Military Separation Center
Federal Job Publication (i.e., Federal Jobs Digest, etc)
Washington DC Diversity
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