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Choose the statement that best describes your experience as it relates to this position.
I have at least 1 year of full-time specialized experience at or equivalent to Grade 11 in the Federal service which is in or directly related to the work of the position that provided the specific knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
I do NOT have at least 1 year of full-time specialized experience as described above.
Which of the following describes your experience persuading, advising or coordinating performers, media or others to take a particular course of action?
I have not had experience or training in persuading, advising, or coordinating performers, media or others to take a particular course of action.
I have completed formal education or training in persuading, advising, or coordinating performers, media or others to take a particular course of action, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
I have persuaded, advised, or coordinated performers, media or others to take a particular course of action, on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with established procedures.
I have persuaded, advised, or coordinated performers, media or others to take a particular course of action as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
I have persuaded, advised, or coordinated performers, media or others to take a particular course of action, as a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
Which of the following types of written communication have you created in a professional setting? (Check all that apply)
Professional e-mails, formal letters, and/or memos.
Documentation or instructions.
Reports or presentations.
Product or service evaluations.
None of the above.
Which of the following best describes your experience leading or managing others?
I have led or managed one or more interns
I have led or managed one full-time staff member.
I have led or managed two or three full-time staff members.
I have led or managed four or more full-time staff members.
I do not have experience leading or managing others.
Choose the responses that best describes your experience providing customer service to clients.
I have followed up on requests or complaints.
I have ensured that services or products reflect organizational goals and objectives.
I have responded to requests to resolve complaints from customers.
I have assessed needs, provided assistance, resolved problems, satisfied expectations, provided quality products and services.
I have not performed these job functions.
Which of the following best describes your experience in resource and project management?
I normally work on individual projects on a schedule determined by my supervisor, my work is usually completed on time, and I submit my work to my supervisor for his/her records.
I occasionally work on more than one project at a time and am responsible for allocating my time to meet deadlines. My work is completed on time, or I make arrangements in advance with my supervisor when additional time is needed. I also keep records of my work and submit them to my supervisor at project end for his/her records.
I frequently work on multiple projects at one time. My work is completed on time, or I make arrangements in advance with my supervisor when additional time is needed. I am also responsible (in whole or in part) for maintaining budgets and schedules and I keep complete project records.
I have not performed any of the above tasks.
Which of the following statements best describes your ability to communicate orally (check all that apply):
On behalf of my supervisor/manager, I have orally presented ideas and decisions to office staff so as to provide directions.
I have contacted other agency personnel in order to resolve, obtain, and provide information.
I have conducted briefings to upper management under challenging circumstances. (Communication involved answering difficult questions, debating an issue, and providing a point of view. Communication was clear and concise.)
I have prepared and exchanged information to management that was fairly demanding. (Communication involved interaction with the audience. Audience was responsive to information presented.)
I have prepared and exchanged information to management that was fairly demanding. (Communication involved interaction with the audience that was not responsive to information presented.)
I have prepared and exchanged information that was routine in nature. (Communication involved little or no interaction with the audience.)
I have communicated with a variety of individuals which may involve explanation of involved procedures.
I have communicated administrative information to internal audiences.
I have taught less experienced personnel on administrative operations.
I have limited public speaking skills.
I have not performed any of the tasks above.
Which of the following best describes your experience providing program or project management (check all that apply):
I have assisted in the development of long and short range plans in anticipation of changes in program needs.
I have coordinated work activities of a unit.
I have coordinated and facilitated the activities of a highly technical professional and support staff.
I have been responsible for human resources management responsibilities for recruiting and recommending selection of employees.
I have planned and directed all phases of a technical information project.
I have used experience in proposal preparation, development, and defense of program thrusts.
I have formulated objectives, priorities, milestones and reviewed project accomplishments.
I have reviewed and analyzed program objectives.
I have reviewed project proposals.
I have not had experience, education or training in performing this task.
Which of the following statements best describe your ability to establish, maintain and/or foster teamwork (check all that apply):
I have worked with others to achieve goals.
I have worked effectively with others to develop and implement operational changes and carry out duties.
I have fostered commitment and team spirit.
I have worked on teams to accomplish work-related activities.
I have collaborated with others to accomplish work-related activities.
I have expressed thoughts or opinions in a logical sequence as a member of a work team.
I have served on panels, committees, or task forces as a representative for the organization on technical or professional issues.
I have lead teams and participated as a team member at the local and higher levels.
I have worked effectively with others as part of a team.
I have not performed any of the tasks above.
Which of the following statements best describes your ability to communicate in writing (check all that apply):
I have written specifications on the technical contents of illustrations for authors/scientists.
I have had experience in writing complex reports, office-wide memoranda and in making recommendations to the supervisor for changes in content of draft reports written by others.
I have had experience writing drafts of office-wide reports. I have made recommendations to supervisors regarding changes in style of draft reports written by others.
I have had experience in writing simple reports or out-going correspondence.
I have prepared complex financial statements or reports.
I have developed operating instructions and/or formal instructions of directives.
I have developed technical manuals and/or training manuals.
I have developed written materials for briefings, meetings, or conferences.
I have prepared analytical summaries or justifications, investigative reports, and/or articles for periodicals, briefs, and proposals.
I have written clear and effective correspondence, reports and other written materials for a specialized audience or for wide distribution.
I have prepared correspondence within my organization using standard formats.
I have written technical or legal reports, or translated technical or complex material into language that was more easily understood.
I have prepared responses to my agency/organization and/or Congressional inquiries.
I have written college research/term papers.
I have written papers that provide the pros and cons of decisions to be made by upper management.
I have notified individuals or offices in writing of decisions, problems, or further actions needed.
I have trained others in written communication.
I have not performed any of the tasks above.
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