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Vacancy Questions Preview

Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: All Grades
* 1.ZA-3: Do you have at least one year of specialized experience which is equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level or the next lower pay band (ZA-2) in the Federal service? (See the "Qualifications" section of this announcement for the definition of specialized experience.)
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.Do you have helpdesk experience in a real time, operational environment?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Do you have experience evaluating the impact of changes or new implementations on an existing operational environment?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.Please indicate your experience related to support of a critical real-time IT operational environment.
  1. Administering computer systems including peripheral equipment.
  2. Administering network services.
  3. Maintaining a database management system.
  4. Integrating hardware and software components within a system environment.
  5. Resolving multiple system problems with software, hardware, and system management.
  6. Managing and maintaining a 24x7 operation center.
  7. None of the above.


* 5.Do you have experience using line monitors or circuit analyzers to diagnose circuit/network problems?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.Do you have experience switching to alternate configurations in the event of hardware failures?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 7.In which of the following areas of communication are you experienced? (Select all that apply)
  1. Conducting meetings.
  2. Documenting procedures or standards.
  3. Preparing and presenting training on software development topics.
  4. Writing requirements documents and design documents.
  5. Documenting programs and systems so that others can use and/or maintain them.
  6. Writing user guides and maintenance guides.
  7. Preparing oral presentations for management.
  8. None of the above.


* 8.What level of experience do you have providing training on software developed in house?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 9.What is the extent of your experience writing contingency plans, configuration instructions and standard operating procedures?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 10.What is your experience in independently configuring and performing system administration of UNIX-based systems?
  1. I require minimal supervisory oversight and I�m an expert in UNIX configuration and administration. I have installed UNIX-based operating systems, applied patches, formatted and partitioned disks, modified scripts, configured operating system modules, recompiled kernels, performed single mode recovery, tuned and optimized disk space, configured TCP/IP wrappers, written shell scripts and set application priorities, perform backup and system recovery.
  2. I have good capabilities and experience in UNIX-base configuration and administration requiring modest oversight. I have demonstrated my UNIX-base abilities to perform basic operating systems configurations, administer user accounts, set file permissions, write basic shell scripts, check log files, and perform backups.
  3. I have very limited capabilities in UNIX configuration and administration.
  4. None.


* 11.What is your level of experience with analyzing organizational IT requirements and system automation, advising management on new capabilities and advanced techniques in IT and developing recommended solutions, including hardware, software, and services?
  1. No experience.
  2. I have had experience in performing these tasks on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have had experience in performing these tasks as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have had extensive experience in performing these tasks as a regular part of the job and am normally consulted by other staff members to assist them in doing these tasks because of my expertise.