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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.


* 2.Please select the responses that describe the analytical techniques you have mastered.
  1. Determining and communicating trends and patterns
  2. Filling gaps in information and project events
  3. Developing alternative analyses
  4. Applying statistical and modeling techniques to complex issues
  5. Identifying anomalies
  6. Ascribing meaning to events or information from disparate sources
  7. Developing defensible judgments and conclusions based on accepted research and analytical methodologies
  8. Accurately describing events


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.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


* 3.Please select the response which best reflects your experience in applying logical thought processes to complete an analytical process or product.
  1. I have re-evaluated conclusions and hypotheses based on new information.
  2. I recognized "dead ends" and re-directed analytic efforts.
  3. I conceptualized the "next steps" required to move the processes/analyses forward.
  4. I identified the point at which enough data was collected and formed a sound analytical conclusion.
  5. None of the above


* 4.Please select the responses that best describe your ability to manage and resolve conflicts and disagreements in a positive and constructive manner.
  1. I have mediated conflicts for mutual problem solving
  2. I have helped parties with differing interests and viewpoints to maintain constructive work relationships.
  3. I have initiated and supported programs to manage conflict.
  4. I have worked to identify and mitigate potential conflicts before they become issues.
  5. I generally avoid conflicts
  6. I generally refer conflicts to higher level supervisor.
  7. None of the above


* 5.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


* 6.Please select the responses that describe your experience in managing personnel and organizational resources to accomplish the organization's mission.
  1. I have assessed current and future staffing needs based on organizational goals and budget realities.
  2. I have applied merit principles to develop, select, and manage a diverse workplace.
  3. I have developed recruitment strategies and plans to effectively recruit a high-performing and diverse workforce to meet the mission needs.
  4. I have identified approaches to improve productivity.
  5. I have established and measured the use of internal quality controls.
  6. I have implemented efficient cost-effective management information systems and other technological resources that meet the organization's needs.
  7. None of the above


* 7.Please select the response that describes your level of experience as it pertains to interpersonal communication skills.
  1. Explain technical issues to a variety of individuals from within and outside the agency or organization.
  2. Establish and maintain working relationships with representatives of other organizations.
  3. Provide advice and guidance or direction to staff on regulations and procedures.
  4. Clarify requirements, exchange routine information and obtain missing information.
  5. Negotiate issues among parties with differing interests to gain agreement on changes affecting the program or work product.
  6. Resolve conflicts by persuading others to accept new conditions, procedures or techniques.
  7. Interact in situations where shifts in priorities, work assignments, or deadlines occur frequently due to delays or unexpected events.
  8. None of the above


* 8.Please select the response that best describes your experience in performing analytical task(s).
  1. Analyzed data/information to develop practices, procedures, legislation, policies and or directives which included recommendations for alternative approaches.
  2. Analyzed data/information and recommended alternative approaches to existing practices, procedures, reports, policies and/or directives.
  3. Analyzed data/information to develop practices, procedures, reports, and policies and/or directives.
  4. Evaluated effectiveness of existing practices, procedures, policies and/or directives.
  5. Interpreted and applied existing guidelines to programmatic issues.
  6. None of the above


* 9.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


* 10.Please select the responses that best describe your experience in employee relations duties and responsibilities.
  1. I have experience advising managers about appropriate disciplinary or other corrective techniques that are responsive to a range of conduct and performance problems.
  2. I have experience administering day-to-day rules and procedures to employees to help them understand their rights and obligations.
  3. I have experience in maintaining and encouraging objectivity in situations that may be charged with emotions and involve assumptions.
  4. I have experience conducting formal and informal training on program matters.
  5. I have experience in resolving disputed facts, including those which require credibility determinations.
  6. I have experience interpreting facts, and events, and/or identify aggravating or mitigating factors relevant to the case and conduct extensive probing and analysis to identify obscure or underlying causes of misconduct or poor performance.
  7. None of the above


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


* 12.Please select the response which describes your experience in the area of supervision.
  1. I have been a second level supervisor to a multi-layered workforce of widely varying occupations and knowledge levels and have supervised first level supervisors.
  2. As senior expert or advisor, I have served as acting supervisor on occasion and assisted the supervisor in developing and leading others. Led, directed, and motivated team members to accomplish specific projects.
  3. I have been a first level supervisor to a large staff, including subordinates, designated team leaders and sub-work groups.
  4. I have been first level supervisor to a small staff, including subordinates, designated team leaders and sub-work groups.
  5. I have been a designated team leader to a fixed staff and assisted the first level supervisor in leading a staff.
  6. None of the above


* 13.Please select the responses that describe your experience in auditing property data.
  1. Inventory Data Accuracy
  2. Asset Valuation
  3. Financial/Data Reporting
  4. None of the above


* 14.Please select the responses that describe your experience with procurement methods.
  1. Micro purchases (less than $2,500)
  2. Simplified Acquisitions
  3. Federal Supply Schedule Buys
  4. Full and Open Competition
  5. Blanket Purchase Agreement/Standing Quote
  6. None of the above


* 15.Please select the responses that best describe your experience in equipment acquisition and budget formulation for a government agency.
  1. I have made recommendations for the purchase of equipment or budget formulation for a government agency.
  2. I have assisted in identifying specifications and vendors for equipment acquisition for a government agency.
  3. I have written and submitted budget proposals for a government agency.
  4. I have been responsible for all aspects of budget formulation and equipment purchase by a government agency.
  5. None of the above


* 16.From the following list of liaison contacts, select those that you have initiated and maintained contact with in a past or present job.
  1. Senior level internal staff
  2. Senior level external staff
  3. Federal agencies
  4. State governments
  5. Local governments
  6. Congressional Staffers
  7. Special interest groups
  8. General public
  9. None of the above


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


* 18.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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