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For the GS-07, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: * Applying a body of rules, regulations, policies, and practices to gather facts and draw conclusions; AND * Experience collaborating and professionally communicating with colleagues, customers, and management in order to strategically provide information.

* 1.Which of the following best describes your specialized experience/education for this position?
  1. I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level as described above.
  2. I have one year of graduate level education.
  3. I have superior academic achievement which is based on a bachelor’s degree that is demonstrated through class standing (upper 1/3 of class), grade point average (a GPA of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on 4 years education or courses completed during the final 2 years; or a GPA of 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on required courses in the major field); or election to membership in a national scholastic honor society.
  4. I have a combination of the education and specialized experience described that has equipped me with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the work.
  5. I have none of the above.


* 2.Make sure experience is clearly documented in your resume. Please give the dates/resume reference when you gained this experience/education so it may be found to ensure you receive proper credit.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 3.Select the resource(s) that you have utilized on a regular and recurring basis when researching human resource policies, procedures, practices and issues.
  1. Guide to Processing Personnel Actions (GPPA)
  2. Federal Position Classification Standards
  3. Title 5 United States Code
  4. Title 5 Code of Federal Regulations
  5. U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards
  6. The Office of Personnel Management's VetGuide
  7. Agency Merit Promotion Plan
  8. Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  9. None of the above


* 4.Choose the following choice(s) you have experience using the GPPA.
  1. Reviewing accession nature of action (NOA) and Legal Authority codes
  2. Designating the correct remarks for use on a SF-52
  3. Using the GPPA as a quick reference guide to hiring authorities such as TERM, TEMP, VRA, etc.
  4. Determining the NOA for a reassignment in the Competitive service
  5. Other
  6. None of the above / Not applicable


* 5.Choose the following choice(s) you have experience using the Title 5 Code of Federal Regulations.
  1. Researching Time-In-Grade (TIG)
  2. Researching probationary/trial period requirements
  3. Time After Competitive Appointment (TACA) requirements
  4. CTAP/ICTAP/RPL placement rights
  5. Other
  6. None of the above / Not applicable


* 6.Choose the following choice(s) you have experience using an Agency Merit Promotion plan for.
  1. Researching covered actions and exceptions to the MPP
  2. Reviewing how long a detail can be made for without internal competition
  3. Determining the number of competitive applicants to be referred on a selection certificate
  4. Defining how long the open period is for Job Opportunity Announcements
  5. Other
  6. None of the above / Not applicable


* 7.Please indicate which description best describes your highest level of experience relating to staffing and/or recruitment.
  1. As a part of my job, I have on a regular basis answered questions and provided information to job seekers and/or hiring managers about the federal hiring process.
  2. As a part of my job, I have on a regular basis answered questions and provided information to managers or employees about any federal human resources function.
  3. As a part of my job, I have on a regular basis provided technical information to non-technical personnel.
  4. I do not have any experience as described in the choices above.


* 8.From the following brief example, please select the choice that best reflects how you would manage the scenario: You come in to work expecting to work on "XYZ" project but you have received an email overnight that there is an issue with a selection that you have processed. Your supervisor has coincidently dropped off six SF-52s to review which have a deadline of close of business today. You also notice that the "little red light" on your phone is on and you have 22 missed calls (possibly from applicants or expected return calls from customers). How do you proceed with your day?
  1. I would go to my supervisor for advice on how to proceed.
  2. I would ask a Senior Specialist for assistance.
  3. I would study my options and take an A and B solution to my supervisor for guidance.

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate where in your resume this choice is reflected in your experience.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  4. I would just make it happen.

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate where in your resume this choice is reflected in your experience.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  5. I would ask a peer or Senior Specialist where to look for guidance.
  6. I would grab my keys or bus pass and go home then return the next day hoping everything worked itself out.
  7. I do not know how I would proceed with my day.


* 9.Human Resources (specifically staffing) is a professional setting that has multiple interruptions and daily workload priority shifts due to the nature of the work. From the list below, select the choice(s) that best describe(s) your experience with dealing with frequent interruptions and workload prioritization.
  1. I have successfully performed work in an environment where my work was frequently interrupted by visitors and/or telephone calls.
  2. I have successfully performed work in an environment where my work was occasionally interrupted by visitors and/or telephone calls.
  3. My manager/supervisor sets my schedule and priorities.
  4. I determine the order of my schedule based on the oldest task to the most recent.
  5. I have successfully performed work in an environment with little interruption.
  6. I have performed work in more than one subject matter at a time and was required to reprioritize accordingly. The work environment was occasionally interrupted by visitors and/or telephone calls.
  7. I have independently determined priority of work assignments in numerous subject matters with fluctuating workload requirements. Such work required adherence to detailed regulations. The work environment was frequently interrupted by visitors and/or telephone calls.
  8. I do not have any experience as described in the choices above.


* 10.Please select the choice(s) that describe(s) your experience in identifying problems, analyzing information, and generating and evaluating alternative solutions?
  1. I have solved routine problems such as determining if an applicant correctly submitted required documents to a vacancy announcement.
  2. I have gathered and analyzed information from multiple sources in resolving issues such as finding missing files out of a recruit action case file for an audit.
  3. I have grouped information from a variety of sources to develop an action plan to address a program issue such as pay disruptions or the status notifications of applicants.
  4. I have reconciled conflicting and/or incomplete information to develop solutions such as researching agency policy, emails from colleagues and supervisors, and using your memory bank in order to decide what the correct action to take would be or what outcome would be created.
  5. I have none of the above.


* 11.Please choose the following choice(s) that best describe(s) you:
  1. I find it difficult to collaborate with colleagues but not with customers.
  2. I have participated in HR workshops or conferences (for Federal and/or Private Sector).
  3. My best work prevails when I have sole responsibility with an assigned project.
  4. I have experience having phone and email communications to customers in a customer service oriented work environment.
  5. I find it more important that my coworkers are happy rather than my customers.
  6. I believe it is important to have colleague and/or customer buy in when going through change management
  7. I have been in a difficult work environment where my customer(s) would not buy in to my advice. However, I was able to be patient and obtain the customer(s')'s trust after an incident occurred which could have been avoided if my original advice was respected.
  8. My best work prevails when I am able to collaborate and have efficient AND effective conversations with my colleagues and/or customers.
  9. I respect and understand there are multiple thinking styles which can provide key insight to my colleagues and/or customers.
  10. None of the above choices describe me.






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