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Grade: 07
* 1.[332] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-07 position.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience is well described in my application.
  2. I do not meet the one year specialized experience requirement as described in the vacancy announcement.


* 2.[3978] Do you have experience working in a Human Resources Office?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[3979] Select the human resource functional area(s) in which you have a general knowledge sufficient to answer customer requests and perform human resources tasks.
  1. Employee security
  2. Employee suitability
  3. Retirement
  4. Awards
  5. Senior Executive Service
  6. Staffing
  7. None of the above


* 4.[3511] Select the resource(s) that you have utilized on a regular and recurring basis when researching Human Resource policies, procedures, practices and issues.
  1. Guide to Processing Personnel Actions
  2. Qualifications Handbook
  3. Federal Personnel Manual
  4. Qualifications Standards
  5. Classification Standards
  6. Merit Systems Protection Board
  7. Federal Labor Relations Authority
  8. Equal Employment Opportunity Regulations
  9. Comptroller General
  10. Title 5 United States Code
  11. Code of Federal Regulations
  12. Office of Personnel Management website
  13. None of the above


* 5.[983] Select the statement(s) that describe your staffing and recruiting experience that you performed on a regular, recurring basis.
  1. I have no staffing experience.
  2. I have set pay on new hires and promotions.
  3. I have used automated systems to enter personnel actions.
  4. I have developed questions for automated recruitment systems.
  5. I received formal training or education in staffing and recruiting.
  6. I am familiar with special hiring authorities relating to non-competitive appointments.
  7. Consulted with managers regarding succession planning and staffing plans.
  8. I have conducted interviews and/or been an HR Representative on an interview panel.
  9. I have developed vacancy announcements for competitive and excepted service positions.
  10. None of the above


* 6.[3207] Select the human resources staffing duty(ies) you have performed.
  1. Investigated internal and external applicant inquiries regarding application status.
  2. Conducted reference checks.
  3. Answers inquiries from potential applicants concerning position qualifications, pay, and general program information.
  4. Assisted with making job offers.
  5. Composed offer letters.
  6. Provided appropriate pre-employment materials to selected candidates.
  7. Guided new hires through the completion appointment papers.
  8. None of the above.


* 7.[957] Select the response(s) that best describe your experience in employee benefits.
  1. Research, interpret, and apply basic laws, regulations, and policies on the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) programs.
  2. Gather and provide information on various basic employee benefit programs, such as health benefits open season, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, leave, etc.
  3. Determine retirement benefits, eligibility, voluntary contributions, refunds of contributions, service credit and whether the requirements for payments of a survivor annuity or lump sum are satisfied.
  4. Resolve injury compensation issues through coordinated efforts with supervisors, managers, medical professionals, and Office of Worker`s Compensation Programs (OWCP) representatives.
  5. Explain options to employees regarding military benefits, veteran`s preference, and prior Government service.
  6. None of the above.


* 8.[960] Select the statement that best describes your knowledge and experience in managing the Federal leave program.
  1. I have no experience with managing the Federal leave program.
  2. I have experience with leave programs outside of the Federal government.
  3. I answer general questions about the Federal Leave Program and provide employees with forms to request use of leave.
  4. I provide advice and assistance to employees and managers on a variety of leave programs including the Family and Medical Leave Act, annual and sick leave programs, and the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program.


* 9.[9519] Select the statement that best describes your experience with performance appraisal and awards program.
  1. I have served as a Human Resources Team Leader or Officer with responsibility for the performance appraisal and awards program for an organization comprised primarily of professional employees, including setting policy and procedures, establishing goals and measurements, providing expert level guidance and assistance on the program.
  2. I have served as a expert for the performance appraisal and awards program for an organization comprised primarily of professional employees, responsible for providing guidance, consultation, policy development and providing procedural interpretation to Human Resources servicing specialists.
  3. I have served as a senior or lead Human Resource specialist responsible for interpreting or applying a wide range of performance appraisal and awards concepts, policies, procedures and practices.
  4. I have served as a journey level Human Resources specialist responsible for interpreting or applying performance appraisal and awards concepts, policies, procedures and practices for positions in the competitive and excepted service.
  5. I have familiarity with performance appraisal and awards programs but no direct journey-level experience.
  6. None of the above.


* 10.[8501] Select the type(s) of benefit programs in which you have counseled employees.
  1. 401K type plans
  2. Family Medical Leave Act
  3. Health Insurance
  4. Retirement
  5. Telework
  6. Life Insurance
  7. Workers Compensation
  8. Thrift Savings Plan
  9. None of the above


* 11.[10075] Select the statement(s) that best describe(s) your experience in employee benefits.
  1. I have counseled employees on retirement benefits.
  2. I have resolved injury compensation issues through coordinated efforts with employees, supervisors, and medical representatives.
  3. I have gathered information and explained technical data on various routine employee benefits, such as health insurance and life insurance.
  4. I have explained employee options regarding military service deposits, veteran's preference, and prior Government service.
  5. I have researched, interpreted and applied basic laws, regulations, and policies on thrift savings plan programs.
  6. I have made employee eligibility determinations for benefits programs.
  7. None of the above.


* 12.[10017] Select the type(s) of benefit programs in which you have counseled employees.
  1. FSA FEDS
  2. Dental/Vision
  3. Health Insurance
  4. Retirement
  5. Federal Long Term Care Insurance
  6. Life Insurance
  7. Workers Compensation
  8. Thrift Savings Plan
  9. None of the above


* 13.[951] Choose the statement(s) that describe your interpersonal communication skills experience that you have performed as a regular part of a human resources (HR) job.
  1. I have facilitated controversial/complex HR situations.
  2. I have made clear and convincing presentations to individuals and groups on HR program or issues.
  3. I have facilitated the resolution of controversial/complex HR problems.
  4. I have developed and enhanced alliances with internal and external groups and individuals.
  5. I have represented and spoke on behalf of my organizational unit and its work to individuals and groups within and outside the office.
  6. I have communicated with managers and other Human Resources professionals to provide guidance and assistance in resolving difficult human resources issues.
  7. I have ensured that reports, memoranda, and other documents reflect the position and work of the organization in a clear, convincing, and organized manner.
  8. I have communicated with senior executives, managers, and individuals from the Federal, public, and private sectors to influence, recommend, and/or gain acceptance of complex and sensitive HR policies and issues.
  9. None of the above.


* 14.[2835] Select the statement(s) that best describe(s) the written materials that you have routinely developed on Human Resources (HR) policies and procedures.
  1. I have prepared PowerPoint briefings for meetings or conferences.
  2. I have prepared formal responses to applicants, employees and/or managers to explain complex or sensitive HR policies and/or decisions.
  3. I have developed and issued organizational policy and procedural guidelines.
  4. I have prepared position papers that included analysis and recommendations for managers to consider.
  5. None of the above.


* 15.[3869] Select the statement that best describes the interpersonal communication skills you have utilized on a regular and recurring basis as part of a job.
  1. I have communicated with managers and other Human Resources (HR) professionals to provide policy and guidance in resolving difficult HR issues.
  2. I have communicated with a variety of customers, including senior managers, employees from other bureaus/offices and from other Federal agencies in resolving complex and far-reaching HR issues.
  3. I have communicated with senior executives, political officials, managers, and individuals from Federal, public, and private sectors to influence, recommend, and/or gain acceptance of highly sensitive and complex policies and issues.
  4. I have served as a spokesperson for a Federal Department in communicating with senior executives, political officials, managers, and individuals from Federal, public, and/or private sectors to influence, recommend, and/or gain acceptance of highly sensitive and complex policies and issues.
  5. None of the above


* 16.[3911] Select the response that best describes your experience providing human resource management advisory services to employees and management.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience in providing human resource management advisory services to employees and management.
  2. I have had education or training in providing human resource management advisory services to employees and management, but have not yet used it on the job.
  3. I have experience providing human resource management advisory services to employees and management as a regular part of a job and only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee, or senior consultant.
  4. I have experience providing human resource management advisory services to employees and management as a regular part of a job, even in unique or unusual situations. I do not require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee or senior consultant.
  5. Others regularly consult me for my expertise and assistance in providing human resource management advisory services to employees and management. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.


* 17.[9604] Select the statement that describes your interpersonal communication skills experience that you have performed as a regular part of a human resources (HR) job.
  1. I have made clear and convincing presentations to individuals and groups on HR program or issues.
  2. I have facilitated the resolution of controversial/complex HR problems.
  3. I have represented and spoken on behalf of my organizational unit and its work to individuals and groups within and outside the office.
  4. I have ensured that reports, memoranda, and other documents reflect the position and work of the organization in a clear, convincing, and organized manner.
  5. I have presented information and communicated in writing with senior executives, managers, and individuals from the Federal, public, and private sectors to influence, recommend, and/or gain acceptance of complex and sensitive HR policies and issues.
  6. None of the above.


* 18.[15673] Select the statement(s) that best describe(s) your communication skills in the human resources area.
  1. I have represented and spoken on behalf of my organizations unit and its work to those within and outside the office.
  2. I have made clear and convincing presentations to individuals and groups.
  3. I have worked in groups and teams.
  4. I have conducted briefings and other meetings.
  5. I have gained cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.
  6. I have facilitated controversial/complex situations.
  7. None of the above.


* 19.[5292] Select the automated Human Resources system(s) in which you are proficient. (Proficient means you understand and utilize a major part of the system`s functionality/capabilities.)
  1. Avue
  2. Hiring Management (formerly Quickhire)
  3. QuickClassification
  4. Resumix
  5. PeopleSoft
  6. Office of Personnel Management`s HR Manager
  7. Office of Personnel Management`s USAJobs
  8. Office of Personnel Management`s USA Staffing
  9. SWIFT
  10. Other commercial off the shelf automated Human Resources System
  11. None of the above


* 20.[5398] Select the statement that best describes your experience providing advice to users and computer personnel on HR system functionality.
  1. I have no education, experience, or training advising users and computer personnel on HR system functionality.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in advising users and computer personnel on HR system functionality, but have not yet performed this task on a job.
  3. I have advised users and computer personnel on HR system functionality on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct guidelines and procedures.
  4. I have advised users and computer personnel on HR system functionality as a regular and recurring part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  5. In addition to number 4, advising users and computer personnel on HR system functionality has been a major part of my job and I have trained others in the performance of this task OR others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


Grade: All Grades
[16869] Please note that ALL candidates must submit a resume online and complete the entire application (Resume, Core Questions, Vacancy Questions) process.

Ensure that your resume thoroughly supports your responses to the job specific questions and that it contains the names, titles, and phone numbers of your most current and previous supervisors so that we may contact them.

Please also be sure that your preference regarding contacting your current supervisors is shown in the User Information area.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete all questions.

High self-assessment in the application questions that is not supported by information in your resume may prevent you from being found best qualified, in which case your application will not be referred to the selecting official.



* 1.[31608] I understand the resume I have submitted for this position will be thoroughly reviewed to determine whether my experience and/or educational background is sufficient to meet basic and/or specialized experience requirements as outlined in this announcement. I also understand that if the information provided in my resume is not sufficient to support my responses to the vacancy announcement questions, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package.

  1. Yes
  2. No


[31648] When you are finished with the question phase of this announcement, you will be shown a list of documents that may include documents that do not apply to you. Review the list and the required documents section of the vacancy to determine which, IF ANY, are required for your application to be considered a complete application. Please do not submit documents that are not requested.
  • If you are not a veteran, the DD-214 and the SF-15 do not apply to you.
  • If you are not applying to an engineering position, the P.E. license or EIT exam does not apply to you.
  • If you are not requesting consideration under a special appointing authority, the special appointing authority documents do not apply to you.
If any of the requested documentation pertains to you, you have the option to fax using the fax coversheets provided, upload to this system or you may transfer the documentation from your USAJOBS account. Please note documents are NOT automatically transferred from USAJobs. Contact the office no later than the closing date, if you require assistance.

* 2.[620] My most recent work performance evaluation was satisfactory or better (includes pass in pass/fail systems).
  1. True
  2. False


* 3.[3057] By responding to this question, you acknowledge that you have reviewed the Required Documents section of this announcement to determine which documents, if any, you need to provide in support of this application.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[31609] I understand that if I do not submit all REQUIRED documents by the closing date, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.[586] How did you initially hear about this position?
  1. Email notification
  2. Agency website
  3. USAJobs (OPM) website
  4. Newspaper advertisement
  5. Magazine advertisement
  6. Commercial employment site (i.e. Careerbuilder, Monster)
  7. Placement office (Federal, State, College or University)
  8. Friend or relative
  9. Job Fair
  10. Minority professional network
  11. Other

        BRANCHED: * 1.[5063] Please indicate how you heard about this position.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 6.[588] Have you ever held a government travel card?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.[577] Do you certify that you have not previously had your travel card suspended or cancelled?
    1. Yes
    2. No
  2. No


For all positions requiring travel, potential applicants must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment.

For those employees who enter on board and find that they are unable to obtain a card based on their credit history or who do not retain their card during employment may be subject to removal from the Federal service.

Applicants (who have Federal employment experience) will be required to certify in writing that they have not previously had their travel card suspended or cancelled. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.