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Vacancy Questions Preview

Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: All Grades
* 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.Describe your experience using Ensemble model data and understanding the value of ensemble forecasting as it relates to confidence, uncertainty, and probabilistic forecasts.
  1. I am highly skilled in evaluating and interpreting Ensemble model data and either use the guidance in my current position or have used the data in previous positions to make operational forecasts.
  2. I am familiar with the Ensemble model data, but have never used the data to make an operational forecast.
  3. I have no familiarity with the guidance.


* 3.Which of the following best describes your experience in forecasting turbulence and icing?
  1. I have operational experience in analyzing or interpreting hydrometeorological data to forecast turbulence and icing, and provide guidance and supervision to others in this task.
  2. I have operational experience in analyzing or interpreting hydrometeorological data to forecast turbulence and icing.
  3. I have received certified training in analyzing or interpreting hydrometeorological data to forecast turbulence and icing though I do not have operational experience in this task.
  4. I have no training in analyzing or interpreting hydrometeorological data to forecast turbulence and icing.


* 4.Have you been involved in program management or policy development in a weather program with the National Weather Service, military, or private sector?
  1. I have led or directly assisted national program management or policy development.
  2. I have led or directly assisted regional (more than one office or unit) program management or policy development.
  3. I have led or directly assisted local (field office) program management or policy development.
  4. I have neither led nor directly assisted weather program management or policy development at any level.


* 5.What is your level of experience with customer service improvement programs? (A customer driven service improvement program is one that is developed by specific customer input; has a tangible presence through the web, product(s) or outreach; and has been implemented by the office or work unit).
  1. I have managed a customer service improvement program.
  2. I have been a member of a team responsible for improving customer service.
  3. I have no experience in customer service improvement programs.


* 6.Select the statement that best describes your experience working with customers to assess needs, provide assistance, resolve problems and satisfy expectations and committed to providing quality products and services.
  1. I develop and maintain relationships with customers with diverse needs, providing technical and/or complex information about products and services.
  2. I maintain relationships with customers with diverse needs while providing moderately technical and/or complex information about products and services.
  3. I have had brief contact with customers with limited needs providing routine information about products and services.
  4. None of the above


* 7.What experience do you have interacting and collaborating with aviation customers?
  1. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have not had experience in performing this task.


* 8.How familiar are you with the advanced scientific principles of applied meteorology in support of operations?
  1. I am familiar with the principles, processes, and techniques of advanced meteorology, and have demonstrated I am able to apply this knowledge in operations. I have published peer reviewed papers on applied meteorology in nationally recognized science journals.
  2. I am familiar with the principles, processes, and techniques of advanced meteorology, and have demonstrated I am able to apply this knowledge in operations. I have published workshop papers on applied meteorology that have been reviewed by the office management.
  3. I am familiar with the principles, processes, and techniques of advanced meteorology, and have demonstrated I am able to apply this knowledge in operations. I have authored local office procedure notes under the guidance of local management.
  4. I am familiar with the principles, processes, and techniques of advanced meteorology, and have demonstrated I am able to apply this knowledge in operations.
  5. I am not familiar with the principles, processes, and techniques of operational meteorology.


* 9.Describe your experience having on the spot, critical leadership decision making responsibility in a high pressure, fast paced environment.
  1. I have ample experience in this area, which I have obtained in my current position or in previous positions.
  2. I have limited experience in this area, but am comfortable in this type of environment.
  3. I have no experience in this area, but am comfortable in this type of environment.
  4. I am not comfortable in this environment.


* 10.Please indicate which of the following leadership responsibilities you have had experience performing.
  1. I have established program direction(s).
  2. I have set priorities and made tactical decisions related to program development.
  3. I have led multi-disciplinary teams.
  4. I have built partnerships within the agency as well as with other stakeholders.
  5. I have promoted cooperation, flexibility and teamwork among employees.
  6. I have enforced compliance with policies and procedures.
  7. I have reviewed, monitored, and evaluated organization performance.
  8. I have experience in long range technology forecasting.
  9. My experience does not match the choices provided.