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Vacancy Questions Preview

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* 1.Describe your experience in written communications of information to various audiences, including written briefings, position papers, and executive correspondence.
  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.


* 2.Do you have experience preparing analyses, reports, proposals and recommendations for administrative needs, both orally and in writing to management?
  1. I am highly-skilled at performing this task on the job. I have trained others in this activity and/or have been consulted for assistance.
  2. I have routinely and independently performed this task as a regular part of my job and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or a senior employee.
  4. I have not had education, training or experience performing this task.


* 3.Select the statement that best describes your experience in reviewing documents and correspondence for use by senior officials.
  1. I review a variety of documents written by program managers and staff officers that are used in briefings, speeches, testimony, talking points, and responses to queries from other agencies or congress. I review them to ensure the documents reflect the senior management philosophy and policy. If they are inadequate, I return them for modification or correction. I am the final review for the organization before the documents are given to senior management.
  2. As a program manager I review a variety of papers, briefings, speeches, testimony or talking points prepared by my staff for senior management. I review these documents to verify that the information used by senior management accurately reflects the status of my program.
  3. As a staff officer, I write a variety of documents for my program manager in response to senior management request. I coordinate input from staff members and consolidate the information into final format for review by my program manager and senior management. If necessary, I make revisions in the format or in the content to reflect management's philosophy and policy.
  4. I am assigned tasks to write talking points, briefing papers, and other documents by senior staff or my supervisor. My work is reviewed for accuracy, format and completeness.
  5. I have received training in this function, but have not yet performed on the job.
  6. I do not have the training or experience described above.


* 4.Do you have knowledge and/or experience implementing the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and/or other federal or state fisheries management regulations?
  1. I do not have knowledge or work experience with these laws.
  2. I have education or training related to implementing these laws but I have not yet implemented them on the job.
  3. I have some experience implementing the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and/or other federal or state fisheries management regulations.
  4. I have substantial experience implementing the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and/or other federal or state fisheries management regulations but I have not managed a program or major project implementing these laws.
  5. I have managed a program or major project in which I implemented the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and/or other federal or state fisheries management regulations.


* 5.Do you have experience responding in writing, in person or by telephone to inquiries, concerns or requests for information from senior staff, other agencies or the general public?
  1. I have extensive experience responding in writing, in person or by telephone to inquiries, concerns and requests for information from senior staff, other agencies or the general public. I am considered an expert in this area, and often assist others.
  2. I have experience responding in writing, in person or by telephone to inquiries, concerns or requests for information from senior staff, other agencies or the general public. I have performed this task as a regular part of my job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have limited experience responding in writing, in person or by telephone to inquiries, concerns or requests for information from senior staff, other agencies or the general public. Performance of this task is not a regular part of my job or often requires review and/or supervision from a senior employee or supervisor.
  4. I have no experience in this area.


* 6.Select the response below which best describes your experience in identifying and resolving complex technical and programmatic problems.
  1. I routinely identify technical and programmatic problems or obstacles which are impeding or negatively impacting my program or project's progress, schedule, cost, performance, etc. I independently implement corrective actions and/or I prepare recommendations to management for the strategies, techniques and resources needed to resolve the problem(s) efficiently and effectively. I am often consulted by others for creative problem-resolution ideas.
  2. On at least one occasion, I have identified a problem or obstacle impeding or negatively impacting my program or project's progress, schedule, cost, performance. I independently, or as part of a team, implemented corrective actions and/or prepared recommendations to management for the strategies, techniques and resources needed to resolve the problem(s) efficiently and effectively.
  3. On at least one occasion, I have assisted senior employees or a supervisor with developing and implementing corrective actions and/or problem resolution strategies, techniques or coordination of needed resources after a problem or obstacle was identified which was impeding or negatively impacting my program or project's progress, schedule cost or performance.
  4. I do not have experience in the area as described above.


* 7.Select the statement that best describes your experience in arranging meetings or conferences.
  1. Arranges meeting place, writes letters to the group concerning such matters as security requirements; arranges hotel accommodations, transportation to and from the hotel; makes social arrangements. Coordinates the preparation of background material, and arranges secretarial assistance during the conference.
  2. Arranges for conferences, including such matters as location, schedule, agenda and attendance list. Assembles background material for the supervisor and informs participants about the topics of discussion.
  3. Arranges for large meetings or conferences including selecting mutually satsfactory time, reserving meeting rooms, notifying participants, attending the meetings, and preparing reports.
  4. Makes arrangements for time, participants, and location of meetings in accordance with instructions from the supervisor.
  5. I do not have the experience described above.


* 8.Select the statement that best describes your experience in preparing procurement packages:
  1. I review packages to ensure the requestor has completed all required forms, clearance requests or waivers. I may have to assist in the preparation of statements of work . I provide training to others in preparing procurement documentation and the requirements of the documentation depending on the type of solicitations that will be completed.
  2. I prepare procurement packages to ensure the documentation is complete and they may or may not be reviewed by senior specialists.
  3. I assist senior technicians or specialists with completing procurement packages. These packages are subject to final review.
  4. I do not have the experience described above.


* 9.Which of the following training program planning and administration activities have you performed?
  1. Identified training program needs and objectives.
  2. Identified speakers and coordinated schedules.
  3. Coached, guided, and/or reviewed speaker presentations.
  4. Managed multiple projects, resources, and schedules.
  5. Measured program effectiveness and adapted program to meet participant needs.
  6. None of the above.


* 10.What is your level of experience using a database as a tool for planning, coordinating, monitoring, tracking and/or reporting on administrative and programmatic activities for an organization?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education, training or experience 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.