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Vacancy Questions Preview

Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: All Grades
* 1.ZA-4: In addition to meeting the Individual Occupational Requirements, do you have at least 1 year specialized experience equivalent to the ZA-3 (GS-12) level?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.Identify the following audit and/or accounting tasks for which you have had responsibility.
  1. I have established the audit and/or accounting objectives, scope, methodology, milestones, and resource requirements.
  2. I have completed audit and/or accounting work with technical adequacy and in conformance with professional standards.
  3. I have ensured audit and/or accounting milestones were timely met for the functions assigned to me.
  4. I have resolved conflicts, differences, or problems in gathering audit and/or accounting information.
  5. I have assisted other project team members in the audit and/or accounting process.
  6. I have presented segments of audit and/or accounting opening conferences, status briefings, and closing conferences with senior management.
  7. I have drafted findings and recommendations.
  8. I have summarized the results of ongoing/completed audit work for the purposes of communicating in a format other than a traditional audit report.
  9. None of the above


* 3.Do you have experience using auditing standards, accounting principles, theories, methods, and techniques?
  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.


* 4.Select from the following functions, those that you are proficient in:
  1. Accounting principles and standards
  2. Accounting operations
  3. Financial systems functional requirements
  4. Budgeting concepts
  5. Costs accounting
  6. Financial reporting requirements
  7. Financial internal control process
  8. None of the above


* 5.Do you have experience in preparing or auditing (including monitoring independent public accounting firms) annual financial statements under Federal Financial Accounting Standards, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, Generally Accepted Auditing Standards, or Government Auditing Standards?
  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.Identify the highest level of experience you have researching and applying laws, regulations, and/or procedures to conduct audit tests.
  1. I have experience researching applicable laws, regulations and procedures from a variety of sources. My experience includes assimilating, summarizing and applying the results to audit tests.
  2. I have experience assisting others, e.g., a higher grade auditor, with researching applicable laws, regulations and procedures from a variety of sources. My experience includes assimilating and summarizing data.
  3. I have experience participating in group assignments or projects at the college level which involved assisting others (professors, classmates, etc.) with researching laws; regulations; and procedures, and assimilating and summarizing data.
  4. I have completed at least one college level course addressing research methods and applications.
  5. I do not have experience with any of the above.


* 7.Identify ALL of the auditing functions you have performed on a regular and recurring basis.
  1. I have assisted in planning, coordinating, and conducting audits for portions of an agency's/company's operations.
  2. I have independently developed findings during financial/compliance audits and monitored the implementation of corrective actions to resolve deficiencies.
  3. I have consolidated findings identified during audits and provided guidance regarding current accounting/financial management techniques and improvements to internal control systems.
  4. I have applied accounting/financial management techniques and methods to resolve financial problems.
  5. I have not done any of the above tasks.


* 8.Select the response that best describes your experience independently setting priorities among multiple projects and executing timely decisions in order to meet established deadlines.
  1. I have performed these tasks as a regular part of my job. I have performed them independently and normally without review by a supervisor.
  2. I have some experience performing these tasks on the job. My work on these tasks was monitored by supervisor to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  3. I do not have any experience performing these tasks.


* 9.Which of the following best describes your highest level of education or experience in preparing an audit/project plan, including identify the scope, objectives, and methods for conducting a financial and/or performance audit?
  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.Select the statement that best describes your experience preparing analyses, reports, proposals and recommendations for administrative needs 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.


* 11.Do you have experience dealing with questions, issues, problems and conflicts in a courteous, prompt and professional manner over the phone and in person?
  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.