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Vacancy Questions Preview

Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: All Grades
* 1.ZA-2 (GS-09 equivalent level): Do you have at least one year of specialized experience which is equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level or the next lower pay band (ZA-2) in the Federal service OR 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's OR equivalent graduate degree OR an equivalent combination of education and experience? (See the "Qualifications" section of this announcement for the definition of specialized experience.)
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.Do you have experience which demonstrates your knowledge of recruitment and outreach activities targeted to special population?
  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.Select the statement that best describes your experience in staffing.
  1. I provide the full range of staffing services for a large complex organization. I have frequently reviewed questionable staffing actions of other HR specialists and identified appropriate corrective actions. I serve on audit teams to review actions for systemic problems.
  2. I review the staffing actions of other HR specialists to ensure compliance with applicable requirements and to identify deficiencies or problems; and I have provided on-the job staffing training to HR employees.
  3. I provide staffing consulting and advisory services to assigned organizations and managers as a regular part of my job. I perform this work independently with little review from a senior specialist or my supervisor.
  4. I am assigned staffing tasks for assigned organizations and managers by my supervisor or a senior specialist. My work is reviewed for accuracy and compliance with regulations.
  5. I have received training in this function, but have not yet applied it on the job.
  6. I do not have the training or experience described above.


* 4.Identify the automated Human Resources system(s) you are proficient with (proficient means you understand and have utilized a major part of the system's functionality/capabilities):
  1. Avue
  2. QuickHire
  3. Resumix
  4. PeopleSoft
  5. Other commercial off the shelf human resources system
  6. None of the above


* 5.Identify the following staffing activities that you have independently performed on a regular and recurring basis:
  1. I have provided advice and assistance to customers on staffing and recruitment policies and procedures.
  2. I have assisted managers in writing job analysis and crediting plans.
  3. I have assisted managers to determine recruitment strategies.
  4. I have developed vacancy announcements.
  5. I have reviewed applications for minimum qualifications.
  6. None of the above


* 6.Select the statement that best describes your experience in applying personnel rules, regulations, procedures and policies in processing personnel/payroll actions.
  1. I have experience processing personnel actions in a Human Resources office where I acquired a working knowledge of Federal/State and/or Private Sector personnel regulations, policies and procedures.
  2. I have completed formal training in personnel laws, regulations, policies and procedures, but have not yet applied this training to HR work on the job.
  3. I do not have experience in performing this task.


* 7.Which of the following best reflects your experience reviewing human resources reports to pinpoint errors or problems and taking corrective action?
  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.Select the answer below which best describes your experience in recruitment and staffing.
  1. I have provided administrative support for staffing which has included placing job advertisements, creating job postings, conducting interviews, maintaining records of postings and responses, coordinating new employee relocation, conducting new hire orientation, and generating offer letters.
  2. I have had responsibilities for staffing non-exempt/hourly positions. I post positions, screen applications, and arrange interviews, pre-employment tests, offers and new hire paperwork. I receive regular supervision in the performance of my tasks.
  3. I have had responsibility for recruiting for professional and support positions. I have coordinated activities with hiring managers, selected appropriate places for job postings or advertisements, searched databases for candidates, conducted initial phone screens, supervised interview schedule development and negotiated salary offers with hiring managers and candidates. I report to a more senior staffing specialist or manager or HR generalist manager.
  4. I have managed a staffing function or project team. I have developed staffing reports, sourced and negotiated contracts with outside vendors, and managed an applicant tracking system (ATS) under the direction of more senior HR or staffing management.
  5. I have had responsibilities as the top staffing manager in my organization. Working with senior HR leadership, I have developed staffing strategies, hiring plans and candidate profiles to support the workforce needs of my organization. I have conducted or managed outsourced executive searches. I created staffing metrics and measured staffing activities against them. I researched labor availability and advised senior management; researched, wrote and implemented staffing policies and procedures.
  6. I have had training in this area but do not have experience.
  7. I do not have either training or the experience described above.


* 9.Select the statement below which best describes your recruiting experience.
  1. I have recruited primarily administrative and/or non-technical non exempt employees for a wide range of positions.
  2. I have recruited technical employees for a wide range of professional and non-exempt positions such as information technology, manufacturing, engineering, environmental science or similar fields.
  3. I have recruited primarily exempt professional employees in non-technical fields such as finance, accounting, human resources, marketing, or similar fields.
  4. I have primarily recruited technical professional in engineering, technology, manufacturing, or similar fields.
  5. I have primarily recruited managers and executives in a wide range of professions.
  6. I do not have recruiting experience as described above.