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Vacancy Questions Preview

Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: All Grades
* 1.ZA-3: In addition to meeting the Individual Occupational Requirements, do you have at least 1 year specialized experience equivalent to the ZA-2 (GS-9) level or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.What type of experience do you have in the area of counseling and discipline?
  1. I have formally counseled employees regarding behavior or performance issues, and have issued formal performance improvement plans, and/or have presented formal disciplinary letters.
  2. I have formally counseled employees regarding behavior or performance issues. I also have prepared formal performance improvement plans and/or have presented formal disciplinary letters.
  3. I have contributed to the development of performance improvement plans or formal disciplinary letters.
  4. I have informally counseled employees regarding performance and/or behavior.
  5. I do not have any experience in the area of counseling and discipline.


* 3.What types of supervisory/leadership functions have you performed?
  1. Leads task forces/project teams.
  2. Provides functional/technical expertise and guidance in all assignments in work unit.
  3. Evaluates performance of work unit to determine that it meets performance measures.
  4. Plans work for team or unit members.
  5. Sets short-term and long-term work priorities for team or section members.
  6. Develops performance standards and evaluates work performance of subordinates.
  7. Identifies developmental and training needs of employees.
  8. Provides or coordinates formal or informal instruction on processes and procedures.
  9. Serves as mentor to new or junior employees, providing guidance and orientation.
  10. None of the above.


* 4.Do you have experience resolving disputes and handling confrontational situations?
  1. I am considered the expert in performing this task. I am the person who is consulted by others to assist them in performing this task and/or I have supervised/lead others in performing this task.
  2. I have performed this task daily as a regular part of my job independently and normally without review by a senior employee or supervisor.
  3. I have performed this task on the job while monitored by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance.
  4. I have education or training in performing this task but have yet to perform it on the job.


* 5.Which of the following best describes your supervisory experience?
  1. I have performed the full range of supervisory duties as the supervisor/manager of an operational unit or organization to include: recruiting new employees, assessment and coordination of employee's training needs, scheduling of staff, leave administration, awards, compliance with EEO; conflict resolution, disciplinary actions and performance appraisals.
  2. I have some supervisory experience. Limited in duration or by scope of supervisory duties. I have performed at least two of the following: recruiting new employees, assessment and coordination of employee's training needs, scheduling of staff, leave administration, awards, compliance with EEO; conflict resolution, disciplinary actions and performance appraisals.
  3. I do not have supervisory experience, but I have served as a team lead (or equivalent) in an on going capacity for my team, program or organization. In this capacity I have provided leadership and guidance, review, or training to other team members.
  4. I do not have supervisory experience, but I have served as a work group leader, committee leader or team leader for a specific time-limited project or assignment.
  5. I do not have experience in this area as described above.


* 6.What is your level of experience with an automated accounting system?
  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 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 perform this task at expert level and am often consulted as an expert performing this task.


* 7.Do you have experience advising or instructing others on travel procedures?
  1. I have advised and instructed higher level management and/or supervisors on travel procedures.
  2. I have instructed employees on a one-on-one basis on travel procedures.
  3. I have no experience advising or instructing others on travel procedures.


* 8.Do you have direct experience with the statutory laws, rules, regulations and procedures regarding travel?
  1. I am considered an expert in performing this area. I have supervised performance of work in this area and am normally the person consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this work because of my expertise.
  2. I have performed this work as a regular part of my job. I have performed it independently and often without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have performed this work on the job. My work was monitor closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with prior procedures.
  4. I have some education, experience, or training performing work in this area.
  5. I have no had experience or education or training performing this work


* 9.Select the response below that best describes your experience related to understanding and communicating complex issues and concepts in order to solve problems.
  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.Do you have experience troubleshooting and developing alternative solutions to a problem?
  1. I am considered fully proficient in performing these tasks. I am normally the person consulted by others because of my expertise.
  2. I have performed these tasks as a regular part of a job. The work was performed independently and without supervision.
  3. I have performed these tasks on the job. My work was monitored by a supervisor.
  4. I do not have experience performing these tasks.