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You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes performing installation, configuration, and administration of WebSphere Application Servers on AIX/UNIX platform.

* 1.Select the choice that best describes your specialized experience.
  1. I have fifty-two (52) weeks of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level as described above.
  2. I do not have fifty-two (52) weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the definition as described above.


* 2.Which statement best describes your experience as a WebSphere administrator.
  1. I have not administered any WebSphere instance.
  2. I have administered servers that WebSphere ran on.
  3. I have limited experience administering WebSphere (1-2 years).
  4. I have extensive experience administering WebSphere (3+ years) on a single platform.
  5. I have extensive experience administering WebSphere (3+ years) on multiple platforms.


* 3.Choose the statement that best describes your experience with WebSphere.
  1. I have administered WebSphere in a production environment.
  2. I have installed, administered, troubleshot, and performed tuned Web sphere in multiple production environment.
  3. I have installed and administered WebSphere in production environment.
  4. I have installed, administered, and troubleshot WebSphere in multiple production environments.
  5. None of the above.


* 4.Choose one or more of the following skill sets that demonstrates your WebSphere administrative skills.
  1. WebSphere administrative console skills.
  2. J2EE knowledge as it relates to configuring WebSphere.
  3. Understanding of WebSphere security concepts.
  4. Skill in web application architecture and deployments.
  5. Understanding of operating systems and technical architecture.
  6. Skill in clustering and providing failover for WebSphere instances.
  7. Skill in troubleshooting and problem analysis.
  8. Skill in performance analysis and tuning.
  9. Skill in scripting administrative processes.
  10. None of the above.


* 5.Choose one or more of the following WebSphere administrative tasks that you have performed.
  1. Installed an application into a WebSphere environment.
  2. Deployed WebSphere portlets.
  3. Configured WebSphere portlet security.
  4. Configured key stores and certificates.
  5. Configured SOAP interfaces.
  6. Configured JDBC Providers and Data Sources.
  7. Managed WebSphere wikis and blogs.
  8. Monitored WebSphere performance.
  9. Configured WebSphere for load balancing/clustering.
  10. Deployed failover environment for WebSphere.
  11. Performed WebSphere scripting.
  12. Worked with customers to troubleshoot application issues.
  13. Managed WebSphere MQ.
  14. None of the above.


* 6.From the descriptions below, choose the response that most accurately describes your experience with documentation for Disaster Recovery in a WebSphere environment.
  1. I do not have the described experience.
  2. I have experience updating and maintaining the procedures necessary for the restoration and running of WebSphere at the disaster recovery location.
  3. I have experience developing, updating and maintaining the procedures necessary for the restoration and running of WebSphere at the disaster recovery location.


* 7.From the descriptions below, choose the response that most accurately describes your experience with participating on Disaster Recovery teams in a WebSphere environment.
  1. I do not have the described experience.
  2. I have served as a member of a WebSphere disaster recovery team.
  3. I have served as a supervisor/team lead on a WebSphere disaster recovery team.


* 8.Choose one or more of the following skill sets that demonstrates your IBM HTTP Server administrative skills.
  1. I have configured IBM HTTP Server to host a single web interface.
  2. I have configured IBM HTTP Server to host multiple web interfaces on a single instance.
  3. I have configured IBM HTTP Server to host multiple web interfaces on a multiple instance.
  4. I have implemented FIPS-compliant SSL web interface configurations.
  5. I have configured SiteMinder web agents to implement Single Sign-on.
  6. I have configured WebSphere Plugin to communicate with a single application server or cell.
  7. I have configured WebSphere Plugin to communicate with a multiple application servers in multiple cells.
  8. I have done performance analysis and tuning for IBM HTTP Server.
  9. I have done troubleshooting and problem analysis for IBM HTTP Server.
  10. I do not have the described experience.


* 9.Can you assess customer needs and provide customer service? (Select the answer that best describes you)
  1. I am able to develop and maintain relationships with a diverse clientele and provide expert technical information and guidance.
  2. I am able to assess customer needs or concerns to provide expert technical information and customized solutions to complex or sensitive IT problems.
  3. I am able to communicate with customers who have diverse technical needs and offer advice for IT problems.
  4. I am able to develop and maintain relationships with customers, provide expert technical information about IT products and services, determine customer satisfaction, and formulate ideas for improvements.
  5. None of the above.


10.Which of the following statement best describes your experience analyzing problems from available information and formulating recommendations?
  1. I have experience in leading teams in gathering, evaluating, and analyzing data to form sound conclusions and recommendations that are supported by facts gathered and that meet stated objectives.
  2. I have experience in gathering, evaluating, and analyzing data to form sound conclusions and recommendations that are supported by facts gathered and that meet stated objectives.
  3. I have experience in conducting research and analyzing data.
  4. I have experience performing routine research and analysis.
  5. I have no experience performing routine research and analysis.


* 11.Can you solve problems? (Select the answer that best describes you)
  1. I am able to research technical information from a variety of sources to provide precedent-setting solutions to unique problems.
  2. I am able to research technical information to identify solutions to moderately complex problems.
  3. I am able to anticipate highly technical problems, interpret data, and make decisions that influence important agency/organization IT policies and programs.
  4. I am able to evaluate highly technical materials from a variety of sources to interpret data and provide solutions that apply new developments, influence policy, increase functionality, or improve operations.
  5. None of the above.


* 12.Select the answer(s) that describes your experience identifying and analyzing problems, making logical decisions, and providing solutions.
  1. Identified and analyzed problems and distinguished between relevant and irrelevant information to make rational decisions.
  2. Used qualitative data and analytical tools in problem solving.
  3. Developed policies, regulations, procedures, and plans for meeting the organization's goals and objectives.
  4. Independently interpreted and applied statutes and regulations to resolve problems and issues.
  5. Prepared and presented analytical information to senior management officials within the organization. Analyses are used to explain or justify decision, conclusions, findings and recommendations.
  6. Developed comprehensive material for reports, briefings, or meetings of senior management officials on issues.
  7. None of the above.


* 13.Select the choice that most accurately illustrates your experience with written communications.
  1. I have composed written correspondence, reports, or summaries that were used by senior management to base business decisions.
  2. I have composed written correspondence, reports, or summaries that were used to establish procedures/guidelines or explain issues.
  3. I have composed non-routine, technical and non-technical, correspondence in draft form.
  4. I have composed routine correspondence in final form.
  5. I have not developed written correspondence or reports.


* 14.From the list below, which of the following describe your experience with interpersonal skills in written communications?
  1. Experience writing technical reports or procedures targeted towards peers familiar with the subject matter.
  2. Experience writing technical reports or procedures targeted towards peers who do not have technical knowledge of the subject matter.
  3. Experience writing technical reports targeted towards supervisors.
  4. Experience writing technical reports or recommendations targeted towards supervisors with the intent to persuade the decision making process.
  5. None of the above.


* 15.Which statement best describes your ability to communicate?
  1. I am able to communicate moderately technical ideas with individuals or groups and collaborate with senior personnel.
  2. I am able to clearly communicate and defend highly complex and controversial ideas and advise other IT experts within the agency or outside the agency.
  3. I am able to present recommendations and justifications to implement systems that meet current and future business requirements and enhance the existing architecture.
  4. I am able to communicate complex technical ideas and information with individuals or groups that encompass all levels of personnel and present recommendations regarding policy, programs, and innovations.
  5. None of the above.


* 16.Choose the statement that describes your oral communication ability.
  1. I have presented, formally and informally, recommendations and possible solutions to problems within the organization.
  2. I have responded to customer requests and inquiries.
  3. I have presentations and conducted training for internal and external customers.
  4. I have facilitated open discussions for groups of ten or more people.
  5. I have not performed any of the above.






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