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Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: 09
* 1.Do you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 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.Select the option that best describes how you qualify for this GS-09 grade level position.
  1. I have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level or the next lowest pay band in the federal service related to the work of this position.
  2. I have a master's or equivalent graduate degree that provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of this position.
  3. I have 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree that provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of this position.
  4. I have a law degree such as an LL.B or J.D that provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of this position.
  5. I have a combination of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level related to the work of this position and graduate level education that provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. Only graduate education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be used to qualify applicants for positions at the grade GS-9.
  6. My education and/or experience is not described in any of the above options.


* 3.What type of experience do you have in project management?
  1. I was the leader of a team that successfully completed a project from cradle to grave.
  2. I was a leader of a team that was responsible for a portion of a project.
  3. I was a member of a team that was responsible for a portion of a project.
  4. I do not have this type of experience.


* 4.Select the most relevant type of interaction you have participated in to communicate technology-related topics of varying complexity.
  1. I have explained technical information in layman's terms in an informal one-on-one setting to end users.
  2. I have experience acting in a business analyst capacity gathering user requirements in one-on-one interviews and translating those requirements into automated business processes with a team of IT professionals.
  3. I have experience acting in a business analyst capacity gathering user requirements during large forum workshops for multiple business units, and translating those requirements into automated business processes with a team of IT professionals.
  4. I have experience answering end user questions over the phone, explaining detailed step-by-step processes to troubleshoot user errors.
  5. I have less experience than what is described above.


* 5.Do you have experience reviewing current applications or processes in order to recommend solutions to senior management?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.Which types of documents have you written? (Select all that apply.)
  1. Correspondence (emails, letters, memos)
  2. Technical reports
  3. Standard operating procedures
  4. Policy guidance
  5. Journal or newspaper articles
  6. Books or book chapters
  7. Academic / research papers
  8. None of the above


* 7.Which of the following do you have experience using?
  1. Microsoft Word
  2. Microsoft Excel
  3. Microsoft Access
  4. Microsoft PowerPoint
  5. Microsoft Outlook
  6. Microsoft SharePoint
  7. None of the above


* 8.Do you have experience using Acrobat PDF Writer?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 9.Do you have experience developing training materials to support information technology systems and software?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.Select the most relevant type of interaction you have participated in to communicate technology-related topics of varying complexity.
  1. I have experience gathering user requirements and delivering them to IT professionals.
  2. I have experience serving on a board or group responsible for formulating user requirement.
  3. I have experience using statements of user requirements to create IT applications.
  4. I have experience answering end user IT questions, explaining how to resolves IT questions.
  5. I have delivered formal training for IT users, including writing training material and delivering content.
  6. I have less experience than what is described above.


Grade: 11
* 1.Do you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 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.Select the option that best describes how you qualify for this GS-11 grade level position.
  1. I have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level or the next lowest pay band in the federal service related to the work of this position.
  2. I have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree that provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of this position.
  3. I have 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree that provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of this position.
  4. I have a LL.M. that provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of this position.
  5. I have a combination of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level related to the work of this position and graduate level education that provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. Only graduate education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be used to qualify applicants for positions at the grade GS-11.
  6. My education and/or experience is not described in any of the above options.


* 3.What type of experience do you have in project management?
  1. I was the leader of a team that successfully completed a project from cradle to grave.
  2. I was a leader of a team that was responsible for a portion of a project.
  3. I was a member of a team that was responsible for a portion of a project.
  4. I do not have this type of experience.


* 4.Select the work situations you have encountered.
  1. Working on multiple assignments concurrently with conflicting priorities.
  2. Working on high priority assignments with tight deadlines.
  3. Determining project priorities with minimal supervision.
  4. Working on projects that demanded strict accuracy.
  5. None of the above.


* 5.Select the most relevant type of interaction you have participated in to communicate technology-related topics of varying complexity.
  1. I have explained technical information in layman's terms in an informal one-on-one setting to end users.
  2. I have experience acting in a business analyst capacity gathering user requirements in one-on-one interviews and translating those requirements into automated business processes with a team of IT professionals.
  3. I have experience acting in a business analyst capacity gathering user requirements during large forum workshops for multiple business units, and translating those requirements into automated business processes with a team of IT professionals.
  4. I have experience answering end user questions over the phone, explaining detailed step-by-step processes to troubleshoot user errors.
  5. I have less experience than what is described above.


* 6.Do you have experience reviewing current applications or processes in order to recommend solutions to senior management?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 7.From the following list of interpersonal communication skills, please identify those that reflect your strongest capabilities.
  1. Facilitate the resolution of competing or conflicting interests among co-workers whose cooperation is essential to the success of a project.
  2. Negotiate with and influence others in order to gain their commitment to pursue new initiatives or technologies.
  3. Interact and perform effectively in situations where frequent changes, delays or unexpected events arise that cause major shifts in priorities, timetables or work assignments.
  4. Work in inter-disciplinary teams charged with carrying out a technical project.
  5. Use consensus building techniques to persuade representatives of outside groups that hold opposing views or positions to reach agreement on important issues.
  6. Persuade team members to adopt new methods, procedures or techniques in order to accomplish work.
  7. Share critical information with project members.
  8. None of the above.


* 8.Do you have experience preparing detailed business process mapping of "as is" and "to be" states?
  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.


* 9.Which types of documents have you written? (Select all that apply.)
  1. Correspondence (emails, letters, memos)
  2. Technical reports
  3. Standard operating procedures
  4. Policy guidance
  5. Journal or newspaper articles
  6. Books or book chapters
  7. Academic / research papers
  8. None of the above


* 10.Choose the answer that best describes your experience at effectively communicating complex issues and concepts, both orally and in writing, to diverse audiences in a manner consistent with organizational policies and objectives.
  1. I have communicated formally or informally non-complex / non-technical information to peers and/or superiors.
  2. I have communicated complex technical information on a regular basis to peers, employees and superiors.
  3. None of the above.


* 11.Which of the following do you have experience using?
  1. Microsoft Word
  2. Microsoft Excel
  3. Microsoft Access
  4. Microsoft PowerPoint
  5. Microsoft Outlook
  6. Microsoft SharePoint
  7. None of the above


* 12.Do you have experience using Acrobat PDF Writer?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 13.Select the software you have experience using.
  1. Microsoft SharePoint Foundation
  2. Microsoft Search Server Express
  3. Microsoft SharePoint Standard
  4. Microsoft SharePoint Enterprise
  5. Microsoft SharePoint Designer
  6. InfoPath Designer
  7. InfoPath Filler
  8. None of the above


* 14.Select your skill level using Microsoft Excel.
  1. As an expert-level user I am able to use Excel at the full feature and functionality level. I am proficient with advanced formulas, functions, and data analysis tools; I can manipulate data for analysis, presentation, and collaboration; I can manipulate Excel options to customize the work environment to meet varying needs and enhance productivity.
  2. As a core-level user I am able to navigate Excel at the feature and functionality level. I know how to use at least 80% of the features and capabilities of Microsoft Office Excel which includes skills like: creating and formatting cells and worksheets, manipulating views, applying conditional logic in formula development, creating charts based on worksheet data, creating PivotTables and PivotCharts, developing reports and trending.
  3. As a basic-level user I am able to navigate through worksheets, including tasks such as: using hot keys, importing data to Excel, modifying cell formats, applying cell styles, and data entry.
  4. My experience with Excel is less than what is described above.


* 15.Select the most relevant type of interaction you have participated in to communicate technology-related topics of varying complexity.
  1. I have experience gathering user requirements and delivering them to IT professionals.
  2. I have experience serving on a board or group responsible for formulating user requirement.
  3. I have experience using statements of user requirements to create IT applications.
  4. I have experience answering end user IT questions, explaining how to resolves IT questions.
  5. I have delivered formal training for IT users, including writing training material and delivering content.
  6. I have less experience than what is described above.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.I have thoroughly reviewed the 'How to Apply/Required Documents' & 'Qualifications' sections of this Vacancy Announcement to determine which supplemental documents to submit. This may include: Transcripts to verify undergraduate/graduate education; SF-50 if I am a current/former Federal employee; DD214 if I am a veteran (and SF-15/VA Letter if applicable), etc. I understand that failure to fax in required documents by the vacancy announcement's closing date may result in loss of consideration.
  1. Yes
  2. No


Applicants may check the status of their application by accessing the Department of Commerce (QuickHire), Applicant Site at http://www.usajobs.opm.gov