Skip Navigation

Vacancy Questions Preview

Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: 15
* 1.GS-15 Choose the answer that best describes your experience.
  1. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal service as an IT Specialist. Examples of specialized experience include: supervisory oversight and guidance to an IT service area; managing IT projects, systems, and services to meet current and future business requirements; experience implementing and managing IT lifecycle services, including planning, budget, deployment, and ongoing maintenance, applied to the efficient and effective management of administrative systems in an organization; developing and interpreting policies and procedures for delivery of services; providing technical advice to management on critical IT issues; applying new developments to previously unsolvable problems; and developing solutions to integration/interoperability issues.
  2. I do not possess the experience described above.


* 2.Identify the position(s) in your resume in which you performed the above activity/activities; and/or gained the relevant experience.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 3.Selective Factor: I have experience managing the life cycle (conception to retirement) development of a software application to include oversight of project managers and/or software developers.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.Please select each answer below that describes your experience managing complex IT projects.
  1. I have firsthand experience using principles, methods, or tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating, and managing projects and resources. My experience includes monitoring and inspecting costs, work, and contractor performance.
  2. I routinely apply Federal laws, regulations, and practices governing the procurement of contracts.
  3. I use automated tools, such as MS project, to assist in project management.
  4. I have personally managed an IT project from definition of project scope, requirements, and deliverables through implementation.
  5. None of the above.


* 5.From the following list, select the responses that describe your previous management or work experience.
  1. Served as a team leader of a task force or workgroup.
  2. Supervised a diverse group of employees.
  3. Facilitated collaboration, coordination, and communication between team, staff members, and others.
  4. Directed and coordinated the work of subordinate staff members.
  5. Established and implemented work methods, practices, and procedures for subordinate staff.
  6. Directed day-to-day operations of a workgroup.
  7. Planned and adjusted a program`s work operations to meet changing requirements.
  8. Dealt effectively with individuals or groups representing widely divergent backgrounds.
  9. Developed and implemented performance objectives and standards for staff directly linked to agency and organizational mission and objectives.
  10. Determined training and mentoring needs of staff and provided for those needs.
  11. Developed and implemented recruitment strategies to ensure that the organization has a highly qualified and diverse workforce.
  12. None of the above.


* 6.As a first line supervisor or higher, indicate whether you have effectively performed the following duties related to human resource management. Be prepared to provide specific examples of your experience if you are called for an interview.
  1. Set work priorities and adjusted workflow among staff to accomplish work objectives.
  2. Prepared meaningful, measurable performance objectives, and standards for staff.
  3. Prepared annual performance appraisals and conducted appraisal sessions with staff.
  4. Made selections for key subordinate positions.
  5. Determined office and individual training/development needs and determined means to address those needs.
  6. Coached and provided guidance to employees on individual and career development.
  7. Rewarded employees for work accomplishments.
  8. Counseled and/or took action against employees concerning performance or conduct concerns.
  9. None of the above.


* 7.Please choose the answer that best describes your contract management experience.
  1. I have not performed this job function.
  2. I have performed directly related job functions.
  3. I have occasionally performed this specific job function, as well as directly related job functions.
  4. I have routinely performed this job function and I have been successful in using it to meet a variety of program objectives.
  5. I am highly skilled at performing this job function. I have performed it routinely, have used it to meet a variety of program objectives, solve problems and produce improvements in the work units or programs that I have managed. I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this job function.


* 8.Choose the answer(s) that best describes your experience providing advice and input to senior managers on difficult issues and possible actions and solutions.
  1. I have met with a variety of individuals internal and external to an organization to resolve complex IT issues.
  2. I have instructed, advised, or participated in meetings with groups or individuals on a variety of complex IT issues.
  3. I have played a key role in resolving major precedent-setting issues related to Information Technology.
  4. I keep abreast of new and changing initiatives, regulations, laws, and emerging technology to better serve as a consultant and advisor to top management.
  5. I have routinely worked with management officials to resolve unique or complex IT issues in a way that reflects a partnership with management.
  6. None of the above.


* 9.Choose the leadership competency you believe is your strongest.
  1. Communicating and building coalitions.
  2. Evaluating and resolving operational problems.
  3. Assessing goals and objectives of others and identifying what they know and how they learn.
  4. Developing standardized operating procedures.
  5. Coaching and training staff members.
  6. Resolving performance issues.
  7. Motivating individuals to work at their highest levels.
  8. None of the above.






This is a Federal job application system. Providing false information, creating fake IDs, or failing to answer all questions truthfully and completely may be grounds for not hiring, for disbarment from Federal employment, or for dismissal after the applicant begins work. Falsifying a Federal job application, attempting to violate the privacy of others, or attempting to compromise the operation of this system may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (US Code, Title 18, section 1001).