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Grade: 11
Please answer the following questions.

* 1.Please select the response that best describes your education or experience as it relates to this position.
  1. I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS 9 as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I have three full years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree that has equipped me to perform the duties of this position.
  3. I do not have the education or experience described above.


Grade: 12
Please answer the following questions.

* 1.Please select the response that best describes your experience as it relates to this position.
  1. I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS 11 as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I do not have the experience described above.


Grade: All Grades
Please read the definitions for Performance Improvement Plan and Letter of Requirement before addressing the question below. A Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) is a 90-day written developmental plan for an employee whose performance on one or more critical elements is rated "Unacceptable". A Letter of Requirement (LOR) is issued when a supervisor identifies leave abuse and/or when frequent absences negatively impact operations of an office.

* 1.Are you a current civilian federal employee, on a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) or a Letter of Requirement (LOR)?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.Have you supervised personnel?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Please select the response which best describes your experience in dealing with employee performance and conduct issues, and employee grievances and complaints.
  1. Heard and resolved complaints from employees; referred group grievances and more serious unresolved complaints to a higher level manager.
  2. Heard and resolved grievances or serious employee complaints.
  3. Counseled employees on behavior, and effected minor disciplinary measures such as warning and reprimands, recommending other action in more serious cases.
  4. Proposed and/or approved serious disciplinary actions (e.g., suspensions).
  5. Developed performance standards to track and evaluate the progress and quality of the work of employees demonstrating performance problems.
  6. Initiated and effected performance-based corrective actions.
  7. I have not dealt directly with employee performance and conduct issues, or grievances and complaints.


* 4.Please select the responses that describes your experience in motivating others.
  1. Identified individual/team/working group motivational needs.
  2. Enabled others to acquire the tools, training and support they needed to succeed.
  3. Created an environment that encouraged others to meet goals and/or mission requirements.
  4. Helped others to envision the value of their day to day contributions to meeting mission demands.
  5. None of the above


* 5.Do you have the experience and ability to motivate, train and work effectively with diverse subordinates?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.Please select the response that describes your supervisory or management experience.
  1. A senior project manager with recurring responsibility for planning, developing and implementing programs involving organizational scope and impact. This would include developing short and long-term action plans and milestones, identifying and managing fiscal resources and managing work teams and advisory groups in the design of systems and programs.
  2. A mid-level manager exercising full second level supervisory authority to: establish a series of annual, multi-year or similar types of long-range work plans and schedules for the organizational component; work through subordinate unit supervisors and others; implement goals and objectives for assigned programs; plan for short and long term staffing and resource needs.
  3. A first level supervisor, with full authority to plan work done by subordinates; set and adjust short term performance of subordinates; interview candidates for positions; hear and resolve complaints from employees; effect minor disciplinary measures; identify staff development and training needs; relate organizational policies to staff; and develop improved work production quality.
  4. A team leader with full responsibility for planning and assigning work to be accomplished; setting and adjust short term priorities, providing technical review of work, coaching and counseling employees, providing input for performance evaluations and recognition of employees, documenting conduct and disciplinary issues; and managing productivity and quality of work.
  5. None of the above


* 7.Please select the responses that you perform or have performed as a supervisor.
  1. Approving leave requests.
  2. Assigning work.
  3. Disciplining employees.
  4. Evaluating employee performance.
  5. Evaluating training needs.
  6. Providing on-the-job training
  7. Recruiting, interviewing and/or selecting.
  8. Rewarding employees.
  9. None of the above


* 8.Please select the responses that you perform or have performed as a supervisor.
  1. Ensures the productivity of work groups by soliciting input from members, listening to their suggestions, and implementing as many of those suggestions as feasible; motivates work group members to perform to their fullest.
  2. Effectively assign work projects or initiatives; skillfully match work requirements and staff capabilities; and carefully consider current and future workload.
  3. Effectively monitor multiple efforts to ensure the integration, coordination, and completion of work within time lines and guidelines; and monitors work to ensure adherence to an organization's standards.
  4. Motivates, recognizes, and rewards individuals and work groups by using a variety of methods; identifies and deals with performance problems and disciplinary actions fairly and in a timely manner; effectively understands and applies an organization's performance management system.
  5. Knows what skills, knowledge, and talents are needed to fill key positions; actively engages in succession planning to ensure that people who can fill those needs will be available.
  6. Recruits diverse individuals who have the skills to effectively contribute to an organization's mission, strategy, and goals; creates a positive, rewarding environment that enhances staff retention.
  7. None of the above


* 9.Please select the responses that describe your experience organizing and planning organizational changes.
  1. Approved multi-year, long-range work plans developed by the supervisors or managers of subordinate organizational units and subsequently managed the overall work.
  2. Approved the allocation and distribution of funds in the organization's budget.
  3. Managed organizational changes that impact the structure and content of the program or organization segments.
  4. Managed the development of policy changes in response to changes in levels of funding or other legislated/program changes.
  5. Oversaw the planning, direction, and timely execution of a program, several program segments, or comparable staff functions.
  6. Oversaw the revision of long-range plans, goals and objectives for the work directed.
  7. None of the above


* 10.From the list of interpersonal communications skills, identify those that reflect your strongest capabilities.
  1. Administer consequences, hold others accountable and enforce program policies and standards in the workplace.
  2. Coordinate efforts to adjust work activities in situations where frequent changes, delays or unexpected events arise that cause major shifts in priorities, timetables or work assignments.
  3. Facilitate the resolution of competing or conflicting interests among co-workers whose cooperation is essential to the success of a project.
  4. Negotiate with and influence others in order to gain their commitment to pursue new or existing initiatives or technologies.
  5. Persuade others to adopt new or existing methods, procedures or techniques in order to accomplish their work.
  6. Provide direction, guidance or instruction to members of inter-disciplinary teams charged with carrying out a technical project.
  7. Use a consensus-building technique to persuade representatives of groups that hold opposing views or positions, to reach agreement on important issues.
  8. None of the above


* 11.Please select the response that best describes your ability to communicate effectively in writing.
  1. Under the guidance and/or assistance of others, I have produced written communications within a work area requiring some original composition of a routine nature. Written material consisted mostly of communicating basic ideas, procedures or regulations.
  2. Working independently, I have produced written communications within a work area requiring original composition of a routine nature. Written material consists of small or routine reports, responses to inquiries, as well as communicating basic ideas, procedures or regulations.
  3. I have demonstrated experience in writing communications, reports or documents that provide instructions, request information and /or set out factual data. Material was prepared without benefit of a standardized format and was normally disseminated outside the work area assigned.
  4. I have experience in copying information from one document to another, preparing correspondence from model letters and paragraphs, and format letters or other documents.
  5. None of the above


* 12.Please select the responses that identify the types of original written products you have prepared.
  1. College term papers
  2. Thesis
  3. Dissertation
  4. Research grant proposals
  5. Policy documents
  6. Procedures and guidelines
  7. Teaching/instructional aids
  8. Complaint forms
  9. Journal/newspaper articles
  10. Intelligence reports
  11. Form letters
  12. Standardized reports
  13. Position papers
  14. Legal briefs
  15. Investigative reports
  16. Electronic communications
  17. Briefings for Congressional hearings
  18. Budget support, justification, impact and analysis
  19. Briefing Papers
  20. Scholastic publications in peer-reviewed technical journals
  21. None of the above


* 13.From the following list of problem-solving and decision-making skills, please identify those that you have routinely and successfully applied in a work setting.
  1. Obtained facts, information, or data relevant to a particular problem or issue through observation of events or situation, discussion with others, research, or retrieval from written or electronic sources.
  2. Made decision by considering relevant facts and information, potential risks and benefits, and short and long-term consequences or alternatives.
  3. Anticipated or identified problems and their causes; developed and analyzed potential solutions or improvements using rational and logical processes or innovative and creative approaches.
  4. Considered broad range of internal and external factors when solving problems and making decisions.
  5. Sought input from others.
  6. Drew accurate conclusions from investigative and other quantitative information.
  7. Generated new ideas; recognized the need for new or modified approaches; brought perspective and approaches together in creative ways.
  8. None of the above


* 14.Have you explained agency rules and regulations to employees to help them understand their rights and obligations (grievances, filing formal complaints, etc)?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 15.Do you possess working knowledge that demonstrates your experience in employee relations (e.g., advising supervisors/managers on performance problems, leave abuse, conduct issues, developing adverse action letters for removal or demotion, etc)?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 16.Have you complied with Privacy Act regulations and other privacy policies when dealing with personal information to maintain confidentiality?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 17.Please select the human resources management related duties have you performed.
  1. Supported and explained management programs to subordinates.
  2. Prepared or recommended performance ratings, training, disciplinary actions, changes in performance standards and assessment of applicants who have applied for vacancies.
  3. Provided advice and counsel to workers on how to improve their performance and explained new work techniques.
  4. Investigated grievances and complaints.
  5. Ensured safety and housekeeping practices were observed.
  6. Maintained work reports and records to assist in planning work operations and determining leave schedules.
  7. None of the above


* 18.Choose the response that best describes your experience interpreting and applying laws, executive orders, regulations, and policies, and procedures governing recruitment, placement, and related programs in order to provide guidance and assistance to employees and/or managers in the following areas:
  1. Reduction-in-Force procedures
  2. Grade and/or pay retention
  3. Pay setting regulations
  4. Grievance procedures
  5. Reasonable Accommodations
  6. Adverse Actions
  7. Merit Selection Procedures
  8. Pay incentives
  9. Veterans Preference
  10. Leave Matters
  11. Federal Employee Benefits
  12. Retirement Law
  13. Premium Pay Regulations
  14. SES Pay Regulations
  15. Creditable Service
  16. None of the above


* 19.Please provide the city and state where you were born.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 20.How did you hear about this position?
  1. Faith Based Initiatives
  2. Television
  3. Radio
  4. Internet
  5. Career Fairs
  6. Bill board
  7. Newspaper
  8. Magazine
  9. FBI Recruiter
  10. Employee Referral
  11. EdVenture Program

        BRANCHED: 1.Which EdVenture Program?
    1. State University of New York at Albany
    2. Georgia State University
    3. Mercer University
    4. Delaware State University
    5. Fayetteville State University
    6. Chicago State University
    7. College of Charleston
    8. Cleveland State University
    9. University of Texas - El Paso
    10. Hawaii Pacific University
    11. Texas Southern University
    12. Florida A&M University
    13. Mississippi State University
    14. California State University
    15. Arkansas State University
    16. Kentucky State University
    17. University of Miami
    18. Tuskegee University
    19. Saint Peter's College
    20. Virginia Wesleyan College
    21. Concordia University
    22. Virginia Union University
    23. University of Texas - San Antonio
    24. Texas State University - San Marcos
    25. Cal State University - Sacramento
    26. San Diego State University
    27. San Jose State University
    28. University of Texas - Pan American
    29. University of California - Berkley
    30. Alabama A & M - Huntsville
    31. George Washington University
    32. Johns Hopkins
    33. Mississippi State University
    34. Prairie View A&M University
    35. University of Arkansas
    36. University of Southern California
    37. Savannah State
    38. Ohio University
    39. Central State University
    40. Arkansas Baptist College
    41. Wilberforce University
    42. Morehouse College
    43. Xavier University of Louisiana
    44. Alabama State University
    45. University of Albany
    46. University of Illinois, Chicago
    47. Clark Atlanta University
    48. California State University, East Bay
    49. Morgan State University
    50. Jackson State University
    51. Virginia Commonwealth University
    52. California State University, Fullerton
    53. University of Michigan, Dearborn
    54. Naval Postgraduate School
    55. New York University
    56. North Carolina A&T State University
  12. Other

        BRANCHED: 1.Please specify where you heard about this position.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  13. I am currently an FBI Employee.
  14. District of Columbia Department of Employment Services






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