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Grade: 07
* 1.GS-7 - Choose one answer that best describes your education and experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service performing work related to the duties of the position described in the vacancy announcement
  2. I have successfully completed at least one full year of graduate level education (18 semester hours, 27 quarter hours or equivalent) in a degree program related to the work of this position as described in the vacancy announcement.
  3. I possess a combination of specialized experience and graduate education that together meet the requirements for this position.
  4. Superior Academic Achievement - I meet one of the requirements listed in the superior academic achievement description below.
  5. I do not meet any of the requirements as described.


Superior Academic Achievement Description:
I have successfully completed all of the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and I meet one of the following:
  1. In the upper 1/3 of my graduating class; OR
  2. A GPA of 3.0 or higher out of 4.0, as recorded on official transcript, or based on courses completed during final 2 years of curriculum; OR
  3. A GPA of 3.5 or higher out of 4.0, based on average of required courses completed in major or required courses in major completed during the final 2 years of curriculum; OR
  4. Member of a national scholastic honor society that meets the requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies.


Grade: 09
* 1.GS-9 - Choose one answer that best describes your education and experience.
  1. I have successfully completed a master's or equivalent graduate degree or at least two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field related to the work of this position as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service performing work related to the duties of the position described in the vacancy announcement.
  3. I possess a combination of specialized experience and graduate education beyond the first year of graduate study that together meet the requirements for this position.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.From the following list of interpersonal communication skills, please identify those that you have routinely and successfully applied at work. (Check all that apply)
  1. Facilitate the resolution of competing or conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation is needed in order to meet an objective
  2. Interact effectively in situations where frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events arise that cause major shifts in priorities, timetables, or work assignments
  3. Provide direction, guidance, or instruction to new staff
  4. Persuade others to adopt new methods, procedures, or techniques in order to improve operations
  5. Diffuse confrontational situations with people who are difficult, hostile, or distressed
  6. None of the above


* 2.Choose all of the following which you done as a routine part of your professional work experience.
  1. Established priorities and timelines among multiple projects
  2. Started up and managed projects through completion
  3. Established milestones and monitored project progress
  4. Met deadlines
  5. Made resource decisions for competing projects
  6. Assigned tasks and monitored performance
  7. Anticipated and resolved problems
  8. Maximized use of limited financial and personnel resources
  9. None of the above


* 3.From the following choices, select those that you have routinely and successfully applied at work:
  1. Control all correspondence
  2. Determine appropriate routing, including what needs supervisor's personal attention.
  3. Follow up to ensure timely actions.
  4. Review all outgoing correspondence for grammar, punctuation, syntax, and format.
  5. Draft non-technical correspondence.
  6. None of the above.


* 4.Which of the following most accurately describes your experience setting priorities, organizing, and responding to work requests?
  1. In my past work assignments, I have had oversight over several teams or groups with it being my responsibility to set all project objectives, goals and deadlines. I have developed both short and long range goals with milestones to assess progress. I have experience reporting on progress to higher-level management.
  2. In my past work assignments, I have planned a short-term project that involved setting objectives, goals and deadlines for others. I am proficient at modifying these plans as necessary to ensure deadlines are met. I have experience reporting on progress to my immediate supervisor.
  3. In my past work assignments, I have assessed my own work products and monitored progress against assigned goals. I have scheduled tasks so that needed information was gathered in the proper sequence. I have experience adjusting my own work to ensure that deadlines are met.
  4. I have had education or training that has required me to organize my work and set priorities in order to complete assignments on time, but have not been required to apply this ability in my professional job assignments.
  5. I do not have education or training related to setting priorities.


* 5.Choose all statements that relate to your experience in communicating in writing.
  1. I have prepared written presentations of factual data and information.
  2. I have prepared option papers or summary reports that include analysis and recommendations.
  3. I have produced written products which are given wide distribution within the agency or to limited scientific or subject-matter interest groups.
  4. I have written clear and effective correspondence, reports and other written materials for a specialized audience.
  5. I have written technical and non-technical reports and present data and information to audiences.
  6. None of the above.


* 6.Choose all examples that apply to your experience analyzing data and information when preparing written reports.
  1. I have analyzed data or statistics to ensure validity, reliability, and absence of bias in written documents that I prepared.
  2. I have been the primary author of briefings, articles, studies, or reports.
  3. I have reviewed reports for accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity or expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  4. I have composed explanations or justification decisions, conclusions, findings, or recommendations.
  5. I have analyzed trends and other information to: (a) identify issues, problems, challenges, opportunities, and options and (b) formulate strategies and recommendations that I incorporated into written reports that I prepared.
  6. None of the above.


* 7.During which methods of interaction have you expressed thoughts orally?
  1. Conferences
  2. Meetings
  3. One-on-One discussions
  4. Telephone inquiries
  5. Training
  6. Debates
  7. Negotiations
  8. Conflict resolution
  9. Interviews
  10. None of the above


* 8.I am familiar with or I have a working knowledge of the Freedom of Information/Privacy Act (FOIA/PA).
  1. True
  2. False


* 9.Which statement best describes your experience coordinating projects and programs, to include the use of information technology to organize work, track progress, and analyze results?
  1. I have no education, training, or experience in performing this task/competency.
  2. I have had education and training in performing this task/competency, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task/competency on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task/competency as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task/competency and/or I have trained others so they can perform this task/competency or others normally consult me as an expert for assistance in performing this task/competency.


* 10.I have used automated personnel/payroll systems for the following activities:
  1. Time and attendance
  2. Report generation
  3. Debt collection
  4. Error correction
  5. Leave administration
  6. Processing personnel actions
  7. Data integrity efforts
  8. Data analysis
  9. None of the above


* 11.Choose the statement(s) that describe your interpersonal communication skills.
  1. I have dealt with individuals who were difficult, hostile, or distressed.
  2. I have had successful working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, and high level management.
  3. I have identified and responded to critical events with diplomacy and action.
  4. I have negotiated with others to reach agreement, settlement, consensus, compliance, or a solution.
  5. None of the above






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