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Grade: 14
* 1.GS-14 Choose the answer that best describes your experience.
  1. I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience include: designing and evaluating consumer products; conducting human factors analyses; analyzing human factors data; developing consumer product safety standards.
  2. I do not possess the experience as described above.


* 2.If you are qualifying based on specialized experience, please describe the specific specialized experience that equips you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. (Your response must clearly support your reply to the previous basic qualifications question in order to receive credit. Your response must also be supported by information provided in your resume.)
Maximum length of 8000 characters.


Grade: 15
* 1.GS-15 Choose the answer that best describes your experience.
  1. I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience include: providing expert interpretation, consultation, and application to the design and evaluation of consumer products; developing, designing and conducting human factors analyses; providing consultation on product design; providing scientific guidance on international consumer product safety standards.
  2. I do not possess the experience as described above.


* 2.If you are qualifying based on specialized experience, please describe the specific specialized experience that equips you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. (Your response must clearly support your reply to the previous basic qualifications question in order to receive credit. Your response must also be supported by information provided in your resume.)
Maximum length of 8000 characters.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.How do you wish to be considered for this position? You may select more than one ONLY if you are eligible for more than one. (Check all that apply)
  1. MERIT PROMOTION - I am eligible for and would like to be considered under Merit Promotion Procedures. Only applicants with FEDERAL STATUS (current Career/Career Conditional employees; former Federal employees who achieved Career status in the competitive service; or former Federal employees who served on a Career-Conditional appointment without achieving career status in the competitive service and were separated less than 3 years ago).
  2. NON-COMPETITIVE AUTHORITY - I am eligible for and applying under a non-competitive appointing authority - Only applicants with FEDERAL STATUS who hold or has previously held a position in the competitive service with the same full performance grade level as this position. I listed my highest full performance level under the Personal Information questions.
  3. VEOA - I am applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA). I am preference eligible or have been separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.


* 2.Please self-certify your most recent performance appraisal level from a formal annual appraisal or by indicating your current performance is at least fully successful. Select one of the following:
  1. Fully Successful (Pass) or better on my most recent annual performance appraisal.
  2. Less than Fully Successful (Fail) on my most recent annual performance appraisal.
  3. My current performance is at least Fully Successful (Pass) or better. I did not receive a formal performance appraisal.
  4. My current performance is less than Fully Successful (Fail). I did not receive a formal performance appraisal.
  5. I am not a current Federal employee.


* 3.Has your work schedule been full-time, i.e., 35-40 hours per week, for every position listed on your resume?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.I understand that any correspondence necessary will be conducted via e-mail and sent to the e-mail address I provided in this application process. I must keep this e-mail address current.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.How did you find out about this vacancy announcement? (Must Answer)
  1. CPSC Website
  2. Email notice from CPSC Jobs Online
  3. Friend or Relative
  4. Job Fair
  5. Newspaper or magazine advertisement
  6. OPM Website - USAJobs
  7. Placement Office - State, Federal, College
  8. Commercial internet job site
  9. Other


* 6.In what areas of human factors have you worked full-time? (Check all that apply)
  1. Aerospace
  2. Communication technology
  3. Computer systems, the Internet or graphical user interfaces (GUI)
  4. Consumer products
  5. Forensics
  6. Medical devices
  7. Motor vehicles
  8. Workplace ergonomics
  9. None of the Above


* 7.Select all of the scenarios that describe your experience evaluating personnel.
  1. I have developed performance goals for staff.
  2. I have conducted written and interim performance appraisals for staff.
  3. I have developed and implemented performance improvement plans.
  4. I have taken adverse personnel actions.
  5. None of the scenarios apply to my experience.


* 8.Please select the statements that describe your oral communication experience.
  1. I have facilitated communications and activities between organizational entities.
  2. I have presented, defended or negotiated program specific mission, goals, needs or issues with senior management.
  3. I have served on panels, committees, or task forces on scientific or programmatic issues.
  4. I have made presentations at public meetings to convey scientific methods and findings.
  5. None of the above.


* 9.Select the responses that describe your writing experience:
  1. I have experience writing materials or reports explaining complex scientific concepts or technical information.
  2. I have experience writing correspondence or reports of a scientific nature which define the objective, present results, and summarize findings.
  3. I have experience as an author or co-author on a peer reviewed publication.
  4. None of the above describe my experience.


* 10.Evaluate your experience in the development of consumer product safety standards through an accredited standards development organization.
  1. I have no education, training, or experience in performing this task/competency.
  2. I have had education and training in performing this task/competency, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task/competency on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task/competency as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task/competency and/or I have trained others so they can perform this task/competency or others normally consult me as an expert for assistance in performing this task/competency.


* 11.Which scenario best describes the environment where you gained the majority of your applied engineering psychologist experience.
  1. I provided consulting and analytical support in an academic setting.
  2. I provided consulting and analytical support in a government position.
  3. I provided consulting and analytical support in a private sector position.
  4. None of the above.


* 12.From the following list, select the activities that best demonstrate your ability to provide scientific guidance on human factors.
  1. I have translated behavioral questions/objectives into quantitative statements that can be used to formulate plans.
  2. I have formulated and scheduled plans including identification of data sources, scientific methods, and assumptions to be tested.
  3. I have professional experience in communicating assignments, schedules, expectations, and mitigation strategies to team members.
  4. I have experience in distributing and balancing work loads across team members to ensure that competing demands are met.
  5. None of the scenarios apply to my experience.


* 13.Select all of the following statements that describe your human factors program/project management experience.
  1. I negotiated with counterparts in my organization about human factors project requirements, schedules, processes and priorities.
  2. I advised superiors regarding the best course of action on human factors projects by providing implications regarding feasibility, risk, schedules, and resources.
  3. I have provided management with authoritative advice and assessments of the impact of actual or proposed management or Congressional actions to human factors projects.
  4. None of the choices describe my experience.


* 14.Evaluate your experience in applying human factors principles to the design or evaluation of consumer products.
  1. I have no education, training, or experience in performing this task/competency.
  2. I have had education and training in performing this task/competency, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task/competency on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task/competency as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task/competency and/or I have trained others so they can perform this task/competency or others normally consult me as an expert for assistance in performing this task/competency.


* 15.Evaluate your experience in the development of federal safety regulations.
  1. I have no education, training, or experience in performing this task/competency.
  2. I have had education and training in performing this task/competency, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task/competency on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task/competency as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task/competency and/or I have trained others so they can perform this task/competency or others normally consult me as an expert for assistance in performing this task/competency.


* 16.Please select the option that best describes your experience in critically reviewing scientific data, peer-reviewed literature, and injury and accident reports to determine hazards associated with consumer products, and ability to draw scientifically defensible conclusions as to relationship between product use and consumer behavior.
  1. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of my job, but not with respect to consumer product use.
  3. I have experience reviewing non-injury related data and peer-reviewed literature and drawing scientifically defensible conclusions.
  4. I have not performed this task, but have educational training related to performing this task.
  5. None of the above.


* 17.Please identify all of the statements that characterize your professional experience with determining the appropriate age range for consumer products.
  1. I have designed and implemented experimental studies.
  2. I have analyzed and interpreted psychological or behavioral data to determine risks of death, injury, or illness related to consumer products.
  3. I have analyzed and interpreted psychological or behavioral data and/or analyzed products to determine how human interactions influence risk of injuries and deaths (for example, choking, suffocation, head injury, to name a few) from use of such consumer products such high chairs, cribs, toys, or sporting equipment.
  4. None of the above.


* 18.Please identify all of the statements that characterize your professional experience with developing and evaluating warning labels for consumer products.
  1. I have designed and implemented experimental studies.
  2. I have analyzed and interpreted psychological or behavioral data to determine risks of death, injury, or illness related to consumer products.
  3. I have analyzed and interpreted psychological or behavioral data and/or analyzed products to determine how human interactions influence risk of injuries and deaths (for example, choking, suffocation, head injury, to name a few) from use of such consumer products such high chairs, cribs, toys, or sporting equipment.
  4. None of the above.


* 19.Please identify all of the statements that characterize your professional experience with peer-reviewed data and information.
  1. I have designed and implemented experimental studies.
  2. I have analyzed and interpreted psychological or behavioral data to determine risks of death, injury, or illness related to consumer products.
  3. I have analyzed and interpreted psychological or behavioral data and/or analyzed products to determine how human interactions influence risk of injuries and deaths (for example, choking, suffocation, head injury, to name a few) from use of such consumer products such high chairs, cribs, toys, or sporting equipment.
  4. None of the above.


* 20.Select the statement that best describes your experience in managing a human factors project.
  1. I have managed human factors projects that have impacted my immediate work area.
  2. I have managed human factors projects that have impacted my agency.
  3. I have managed human factors projects that have world-wide impact.
  4. None of the above reflects my experience managing human factors projects.


* 21.Choose the statement that best describes your experience with promoting CPSC staff recommendations to outside organizations or standards developers.
  1. I have acted as the main promoter/presenter to outside organizations or standards developers on behalf of CPSC on more than three (3) occasions
  2. I have been involved with promoting staff recommendations to outside organizations or standards developers on more than 3 occasions.
  3. I have been involved with promoting CPSC to outside organizations or standards developers on at least one (1) occasion.
  4. I do not have experience promoting CPSC staff recommendations to outside organizations or standards developers.


* 22.Select the statement that best describes your highest level of experience in utilizing team building techniques, such as coaching, consensus building, group facilitation, mentoring, and coordination, leading or managing a team, project group, or work/task group.
  1. I have no education, training, or experience in performing this task/competency.
  2. I have had education and training in performing this task/competency, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task/competency on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task/competency as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task/competency and/or I have trained others so they can perform this task/competency or others normally consult me as an expert for assistance in performing this task/competency.


* 23.Select the statement that best describes your experience developing specific quality and performance improvement plans, procedures and methodologies to improve the effectiveness of work methods and management controls.
  1. I have no education, training, or experience in performing this task/competency.
  2. I have had education and training in performing this task/competency, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task/competency on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task/competency as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task/competency and/or I have trained others so they can perform this task/competency or others normally consult me as an expert for assistance in performing this task/competency.


* 24.Did you get into CPSC Career Connection with:
  1. No Difficulty
  2. Some Difficulty
  3. Great Difficulty


* 25.Did you accomplish your input with:
  1. No Difficulty
  2. Some Difficulty
  3. Unable to Complete


* 26.Were the instructions for CPSC Career Connection easy to understand and follow?
  1. Yes
  2. No






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