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Vacancy Questions Preview

Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: All Grades
You MUST submit a complete resume in order to be considered for this position. Please review the required documents section of the vacancy announcement for further information.

* 1.BEA AOC6 (for Grade-12 and above) Select which area of consideration applies to you:
  1. Current permanent competitive service Bureau of Economic Analysis employee.
  2. Status applicants (i.e. current and former government employees).
  3. Surplus and displaced Commerce employee (CTAP). Note: If you select that you wish to be considered as a surplus and displaced Commerce employee (CTAP), you MUST have received your written notice "Certificate of Expected Separation" or your formal "Reduction In Force Separation Notice".
  4. Displaced Federal employee (ICTAP). Note: If you select that you wish to be considered as a displaced Federal employee (ICTAP), you MUST have received your written notice "Certificate of Expected Separation" or your formal "Reduction In Force Separation Notice".
  5. Individual eligible for competitive appointment under Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): Veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service.
  6. Individual eligible for non-competitive appointment under a special appointing authority. Some examples of Special Appointing Authorities are 30% or more disabled veterans, Persons with disabilities, Interchange agreements, Peace Corps volunteers or Former overseas employees.

        BRANCHED: * 1.If so, please identify the special appointing authority.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  7. None of the above.


* 2.Have you completed a course of study leading to a degree that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.In addition to the basic education requirements do you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-14)? (See the "Qualifications" section of this announcement for the definition of specialized experience.)
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.Will you have one year of time-in-grade at the grade 14 level as of the closing date of this announcement?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.In the last 3 years, have you had one or more of the following Awards: On-the-Spot Award, Time Off Award or equivalent? Special Achievement Award, Special Act Award, Cash-in-a-Flash, performance award, or equivalent valued at $999 or less?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.If you answered yes, please give award type(s), amount(s), and year(s) awarded.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 6.Have you had one or more of the following Awards: Special Achievement Award, Special Act Award, performance award or equivalent valued at $1000 or greater (within the last 3 years)? BEA Award of Excellence or equivalent (within the last 3 years)? Department of Commerce Gold, Silver or Bronze Medal or equivalent honorary award (Lifetime)?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.If you answered yes, please give award type(s), amount(s), and year(s) awarded.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 7.Indicate your most recent performance rating (received within the last four years).
  1. My most recent performance rating is at least at the Fully Successful or equivalent level.
  2. My most recent performance rating is below the Fully Successful or equivalent level.
  3. I have not received a performance rating within the last four years.


* 8.Do you have experience reviewing the work of junior staff and providing critical feedback and guidance?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 9.Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous question; i.e. company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 10.From the following list of Leadership and Problem solving work behaviors, select those that you have performed on the job.
  1. Successfully lead a team
  2. Develop/coordinate project schedules
  3. Set priorities
  4. Plan work assignments
  5. Establish short and long term priorities
  6. Identify problems
  7. Monitor progress and accomplish objectives
  8. Develop definitive alternatives and reach alternative solutions
  9. None of the above


* 11.Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous question; i.e. company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 12.Please select the areas in which you have experience:
  1. Recruiting employees
  2. Hiring employees
  3. Supervising employees
  4. Mentoring/coaching employees
  5. None of the above


* 13.Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous question; i.e. company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 14.Do you have experience conducting research in regional economics?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 15.Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous question; i.e. company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 16.Indicate your experience collecting, manipulating, and/or analyzing large data sets.
  1. Professional on-the-job experience as a part of my regular job.
  2. Some professional on-the-job experience.
  3. Other experience, including training courses.
  4. No experience.


* 17.Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous question; i.e. company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 18.Indicate the programs you have working knowledge of:
  1. SAS/STAT
  2. SAS/IML or SAS/ETS
  3. SAS Macros
  4. Matlab
  5. Gauss/R
  6. Other programs


* 19.Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous question; i.e. company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 20.I have experience conducting research in:
  1. Linear regression models
  2. Hedonic regression analysis
  3. Spatial econometric models
  4. Multilateral price aggregation methods
  5. Other research methods


* 21.Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous question; i.e. company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 22.Please describe your experience with evaluating data quality and reviewing economic data for presence of outliers (or other usual characteristics).
  1. 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.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  5. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 23.Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous question; i.e. company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 24.Please select any of the following tasks you have completed as part of economic data analyses required by your regular job duties (check all that apply).
  1. Analyzing written reports
  2. Analyzing data tables
  3. Working with data in ACCESS or SQL databases
  4. Writing accurate reports
  5. Reviewing reports for abnormalities
  6. Reviewing data tables for accuracy
  7. Reviewing charts for accuracy
  8. Collecting data
  9. Manipulating data
  10. Researching economic topics
  11. Drafting documents
  12. Reviewing written documents
  13. Editing written documents
  14. Publishing written documents
  15. None of the above


* 25.Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous question; i.e. company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 26.Please describe your experience presenting or communicating complex economic concepts to staff of various levels within and/or outside the organization.
  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.


* 27.Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous question; i.e. company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 28.Please describe your level of experience writing papers that present and explain economic research results.
  1. I have advanced experience and I am considered an expert in writing papers that present and explain economic research results to a variety of audiences.
  2. I have experience writing papers that present and explain economic research results to a variety of audiences.
  3. I have limited experience in writing papers that present and explain economic research results to a variety of audiences.
  4. I do not have experience in writing paper that present and explain economic research results to a variety of audiences.


* 29.Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous question; i.e. company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptable.
Maximum length of 250 characters.