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Vacancy Questions Preview

Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: 12
* 1.GS-12: Do you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level or the next lowest pay band in the Federal service? (See the “Qualifications” section of this announcement for the definition of specialized experience.)
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.What experience do you have writing shell and/or Perl scripts in support of production processing?
  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.


* 3.Rate your skill level developing and maintaining applications using Fortran and/or C/C++.
  1. Expert - I have extensive experience programming in these languages and mentor or provide guidance to less experienced staff.
  2. Advanced - I have programmed in these languages for some time and work independently.
  3. Intermediate - I have training and some job experience under guidance of a supervisor.
  4. Novice - I have training but no job experience.
  5. None.


* 4.What is your experience in performing an analysis of user requirements, planning, and designing an application program or other information system solution to an organizational or user need?
  1. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have trained others in the performance of this task and am normally the person who is consulted by others to assist them in performing this task because of my level of expertise.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of my job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by my supervisor or other senior employees.
  3. I have performed this task as a regular part of my job. My work in this area has been closely monitored by my supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have had education/training in this area but have no experience performing this task.
  5. I have no training or experience in performing this task.


* 5.What is your level of experience effectively communicating complex, technical information in written, oral, and graphical form to a variety of audiences?
  1. I have extensive experience in this area.
  2. I have considerable experience in this area.
  3. I have limited experience in this area.
  4. I have no experience in this area.


* 6.Do you have experience managing and budgeting time in the face of changing priorities in order to effectively accomplish multiple tasks?
  1. I can establish my own priorities and am comfortable performing a number of tasks simultaneously and am able to meet deadlines consistently and with little or no additional supervision.
  2. I am able with some supervision to set my priorities and accomplish multiple tasks within established time frames.
  3. I have some experience working on several projects at once but rely on my supervisor to set priorities.
  4. I prefer to have clear priorities set by my supervisor and am more comfortable working on one project at a time.
  5. I have limited experience setting priorities or managing time.


* 7.What is your level of experience in the implementation of externally developed operational applications in a stable, real time computing environment?
  1. I have implemented externally developed software independently in a real time operational environment for more than 3 years.
  2. I have worked on a team that implemented externally developed software in a real time operational environment for more than 3 years.
  3. I have implemented externally developed software in a real time operational environment for more than 1 year.
  4. I have had software training/education on the implementation process.
  5. I have no experience in performing implementations.


* 8.Choose the response that best describes your experience in providing operational support to a production-level software system.
  1. I have independently supported a production-level system on a 24/7 basis.
  2. I have supported a production-level system with supervisory guidance.
  3. I have training in operations support, but no job experience.
  4. I have no experience.


* 9.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.


* 10.What experience do you have implementing IT security policies for an organization?
  1. I have implemented IT security policies for a government agency and a non-government entity.
  2. I have implemented IT security policies for a government agency.
  3. I have implemented IT security policies for a non-government entity.
  4. I have not implemented IT security policies.


* 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.


Grade: 13
* 1.GS-13: Do you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level or the next lowest pay band in the Federal service? (See the “Qualifications” section of this announcement for the definition of specialized experience.)
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.What experience do you have writing shell and/or Perl scripts in support of production processing?
  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.


* 3.Rate your skill level developing and maintaining applications using Fortran and/or C/C++.
  1. Expert - I have extensive experience programming in these languages and mentor or provide guidance to less experienced staff.
  2. Advanced - I have programmed in these languages for some time and work independently.
  3. Intermediate - I have training and some job experience under guidance of a supervisor.
  4. Novice - I have training but no job experience.
  5. None.


* 4.What is your experience in performing an analysis of user requirements, planning, and designing an application program or other information system solution to an organizational or user need?
  1. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have trained others in the performance of this task and am normally the person who is consulted by others to assist them in performing this task because of my level of expertise.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of my job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by my supervisor or other senior employees.
  3. I have performed this task as a regular part of my job. My work in this area has been closely monitored by my supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have had education/training in this area but have no experience performing this task.
  5. I have no training or experience in performing this task.


* 5.What is your level of experience effectively communicating complex, technical information in written, oral, and graphical form to a variety of audiences?
  1. I have extensive experience in this area.
  2. I have considerable experience in this area.
  3. I have limited experience in this area.
  4. I have no experience in this area.


* 6.Do you have experience managing and budgeting time in the face of changing priorities in order to effectively accomplish multiple tasks?
  1. I can establish my own priorities and am comfortable performing a number of tasks simultaneously and am able to meet deadlines consistently and with little or no additional supervision.
  2. I am able with some supervision to set my priorities and accomplish multiple tasks within established time frames.
  3. I have some experience working on several projects at once but rely on my supervisor to set priorities.
  4. I prefer to have clear priorities set by my supervisor and am more comfortable working on one project at a time.
  5. I have limited experience setting priorities or managing time.


* 7.What is your level of experience in the implementation of externally developed operational applications in a stable, real time computing environment?
  1. I have implemented externally developed software independently in a real time operational environment for more than 3 years.
  2. I have worked on a team that implemented externally developed software in a real time operational environment for more than 3 years.
  3. I have implemented externally developed software in a real time operational environment for more than 1 year.
  4. I have had software training/education on the implementation process.
  5. I have no experience in performing implementations.


* 8.Choose the response that best describes your experience in providing operational support to a production-level software system.
  1. I have independently supported a production-level system on a 24/7 basis.
  2. I have supported a production-level system with supervisory guidance.
  3. I have training in operations support, but no job experience.
  4. I have no experience.


* 9.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.


* 10.What experience do you have implementing IT security policies for an organization?
  1. I have implemented IT security policies for a government agency and a non-government entity.
  2. I have implemented IT security policies for a government agency.
  3. I have implemented IT security policies for a non-government entity.
  4. I have not implemented IT security policies.


* 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.