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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 experience developing reports, briefing or formally presenting recommendations and technical or other complex information to both senior managers and customers?
  1. I have extensive experience developing reports and briefing senior managers and customers on technical and other complex information.
  2. I have limited experience developing reports and briefing senior managers and customers on technical and other complex information.
  3. I have no experience developing reports and briefing senior managers and customers on technical and other complex information.


* 3.Identify the following tasks that you perform as a regular part of your job that are indicative of responsiveness to user needs.
  1. Identify and assess customer needs and requirements.
  2. Develop policies and procedures to enhance organizational efficiency and effectiveness.
  3. Refine requirements (e.g. statements of work, statements of objectives, performance work statements) by collaborating with customers.
  4. Analyze and provide business solutions to customers about acquisition process to facilitate innovation and smart business deals.
  5. Develop performance based contracts with performance and contract metrics linked to strategic plan.
  6. None of the above.


* 4.I have performed the following program analysis and evaluation functions:
  1. Extracted relevant pieces of information from documents and other sources
  2. Used data analysis software packages and interpreted data
  3. Used a variety of methods to collect information
  4. Analyzed information to uncover patterns or trends
  5. Presented statistical data in easily understandable terms
  6. Analyzed information to determine validity of program data
  7. Evaluated program performance data and recommended changes to improve operations
  8. Provided written or oral recommendations to higher level officials to improve program operations
  9. None of the above


* 5.Do you have experience preparing analyses, reports, proposals and recommendations for administrative needs, both orally and in writing to senior management?
  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.


* 6.Do you have experience with the following list of interpersonal communication skills? Choices:
  1. Facilitate the resolution of competing or conflicting interests among co-workers whose cooperation is essential to the success of a project.
  2. Negotiate with and influence others in order to gain their commitment to pursue new initiatives or technologies.
  3. Interact and perform effectively in situations where frequent changes, delays or unexpected events arise that cause major shifts in priorities, timetables or work assignments.
  4. Provide direction, guidance or instruction to members of interdisciplinary teams charged with carrying out a technical project.
  5. Administer consequences, hold others accountable and enforce program policies and standards in the workplace.
  6. Use consensus building techniques to persuade representatives of outside groups that hold opposing views or positions to reach agreement on important issues.
  7. Effectively persuade employees to adopt new methods, procedures or techniques in order to accomplish their work.
  8. None of the above


* 7.Do you have experience working on a grant program processing actions, collecting and summarizing information, and carrying out other routine administrative assignments?
  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.


* 8.Do you have experience in using Grants Management Database systems?
  1. I am considered an expert in performing this task and am often consulted by others.
  2. I have performed this task independently and normally without review by my supervisor or a senior employee.
  3. My work on this task has been closely monitored by a supervisor.
  4. I have had some education or training performing this task.
  5. I have not had education, training, or experience performing this task.


* 9.Do you have experience in awarding, administering, and managing a variety of grants and financial assistance programs?
  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.