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* 1.Reminder: In addition to this questionnaire, you must also submit all information/documents applicable to you as described in the vacancy announcement under "Required Documents." Please read the vacancy announcement carefully. Also please follow the online instructions carefully for submitting documents and check your account to confirm the documents are received in the online hiring system prior to the closing date. If all the required information is not submitted, you will be found ineligible for this position.
  1. OK


* 2.I am providing, for this vacancy, a copy of my annual performance appraisal that has been signed and dated within the last 18 months and shows my final rating. I understand that I can either upload or fax this document through the system at the end of this process.
  1. Yes
  2. No

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please clearly explain below why you are unable to provide a performance appraisal (i.e., your current employer does not provide them, you have not received one, etc.) Failure to provide a performance appraisal or an explanation why one is not being provided will result in a determination of an incomplete application and ineligibility for consideration for this vacancy.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 3.Are you currently serving or have served in the last five years in a Political Appointment in the Federal Government?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please list the title, agency, and dates of this appointment. Please note you will be required to meet OPM Approval of your appointment if selected.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


Qualifying experience for the GS-13 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-12 level. Specialized experience includes providing analytical, advisory, and evaluative services on a variety of HR functional areas including HR policy development, staffing, classification, pay and leave, performance management and awards.

* 4.Will you have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level (as described above) within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please specify dates and places where this experience is documented in your resume.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 5.Do you have experience in Pay and Leave Administration?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.Which of the following Federal Human Resources subject areas do you have experience working with?
  1. Staffing/Recruitment Flexibilities
  2. Position Classification
  3. Desk Audits
  4. Re-Organizations/Re-Alignments
  5. Delegated Examining Operations
  6. Policy Development
  7. Pay and Leave
  8. None of the above


* 7.Choose the statement that best describes your knowledge of, and experience in, interpreting and applying federal personnel regulations.
  1. I am familiar with federal regulations dealing with personnel but have not applied these regulations as a regular part of my job experience.
  2. I interpret federal regulations dealing with personnel and have applied these regulations as part of my job experience on a regular basis.
  3. I interpret federal regulations dealing with personnel as a regular part of my job experience and have assisted/trained others on their interpretation.
  4. I have written personnel policies and procedures based on my interpretation of federal personnel regulations.
  5. None of the above.


* 8.Do you have experience in HR Staffing?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 9.In which area do you have demonstrated experience in analyzing and resolving problems?
  1. Using various qualitative and quantitative techniques and tools for the purpose of resolving problems/issues/concerns and for decision-making purposes for organizational programs.
  2. Providing recommendations, conclusions, or findings to senior management officials based on analytical work.
  3. Providing consultation and advisory services to senior management on a wide range of difficult and complex conduct and performance issues.
  4. Developing and assisting managers in implementing novel or innovative approaches to complex issues which are difficult to resolve or present sensitive problems.
  5. Using judgment, initiative and resourcefulness in situations where there are no clear-cut guidelines or precedent decisions and developing workable solutions.
  6. None of the above.


* 10.Choose all of the statements that best describe the technical advice you have provided to managers and supervisors regarding staffing, classification, pay and leave, and policy development.
  1. Developed and presented information for briefings, meetings, conferences, or training seminars.
  2. Developed local human resources policy.
  3. Composed detailed written documents for management.
  4. Advised management on appropriate procedures and practices.
  5. None of the above.


* 11.From the choices below, please identify those statements that reflect your experience in communicating information orally.
  1. I have given presentations to individuals both within and outside my organization.
  2. I have given presentations to senior management officials for purposes of obtaining decisions.
  3. I have presented decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations to senior management officials.
  4. I have provided briefings/updates to supervisors, coworkers, or others on a regular basis.
  5. I have taught a class on Human Resources issues.
  6. I have provided one-on-one instruction to others on Human Resources issues.
  7. I have served as an expert providing testimony on a human resources subject or issue.
  8. I have led informal discussions on the subject of human resources where I facilitated an open exchange of ideas and communications.
  9. None of the above.


* 12.Please select those responses that best describe your experience interacting with a variety of people to achieve effective solutions.
  1. I have served as spokesperson for an organization.
  2. I have facilitated communications and activities between organizational entities.
  3. I have presented, defended, and negotiated specific goals, needs, or problems with senior management.
  4. I have independently planned and conducted meetings.
  5. I have served on focus groups, committees, or project teams with regard to Human Resources issues.
  6. I provided guidance and advice to peers and other agency personnel on Human Resources issues.
  7. I have acted as technical representative to management, customer organizations, or 3rd party entities.
  8. None of the above.


* 13.Do you have experience in HR policy development?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 14.This position is responsible for producing a variety of written products for a Federal human resources office. Please indicate which of the following specific types of written products you have produced as a regular part of a job.
  1. Briefings or policy memos/guidance to present ideas and concepts in a clear, precise manner.
  2. Formal documents (i.e. policies and/or procedures) for high level agency officials and/or the public.
  3. Proposals to recommend changes in organizational programs.
  4. New policies and procedures for implementation within an organization.
  5. Updates on existing policies and procedures as a result of regulatory change.
  6. Responses to Departmental inquiries.
  7. Reports on Federal human resources research studies such as on drafted regulations or policies.
  8. Briefing and presentation materials for senior management on Federal human resources topics.
  9. Formal informational announcements via email or letters.
  10. Issue papers or summary reports on Human Resources issues, which includes analysis and recommendations.
  11. Correspondence that consolidates input from a number of different sources (including contradictory viewpoints).
  12. Laws, Executive Orders, or Government-wide regulations.
  13. Training materials.
  14. Newsletters and/or program brochures.
  15. None of the above.


* 15.Choose the statement that best describes your experience working in a team environment.
  1. I have worked alone and believe my ability to maintain a clear focus on the work at hand permitted me to achieve consistently excellent results.
  2. I have worked in small, close-knit groups having common interests and goals, contributed to the accomplishments of assigned tasks.
  3. I have worked in large, complex groups where my facilitation skills contributed directly to successful completion of assigned tasks.
  4. I have led small, close-knit groups, where I ensured that everyone in the group was doing his or her fair share of the work, thereby contributing to successful completion of assigned tasks.
  5. I have led large, complex groups where my management skills ensured that the work was coordinated sufficiently well to ensure successful and timely completion of assigned tasks.
  6. None of the above.


* 16.I have updated existing policies and procedures as a result of regulatory change.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 17.Have you provided recommendations, conclusions, or findings to senior management officials based on analytical work?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 18.I have drafted new policies and procedures for implementation within an organization?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 19.How did you learn about this position?
  1. Agency Internet Site recruitment.
  2. Private Employment Web Site.
  3. Other Internet Site.
  4. Poster.
  5. Newspaper.
  6. Magazine.
  7. TV/Radio.
  8. Student association.
  9. Private Employment Office.
  10. State Employment Office.
  11. Federal, state, or local Job Information Center.
  12. Agency Human Resources Department (bulletin board or other announcement).
  13. Agency or other Federal government on campus.
  14. Religious organization.
  15. School or college counselor or other official.
  16. Job Fair.
  17. Friend or relative working for this agency.
  18. State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency.
  19. Professional organization or publication.
  20. Other.






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