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1.GS-14 - Choose one answer that best describes your experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service performing work related to the duties of the position described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I do not meet the requirement as described above.


* 2.Which of the following have you done as a routine part of your professional work experience?
  1. Established priorities among multiple projects
  2. Established timelines for multiple projects
  3. Closed out projects
  4. Started up and manage projects through completion
  5. Established and monitor project progress
  6. Met deadlines
  7. Used project management software
  8. Made resource decisions for competing projects
  9. Assigned tasks and monitor performance
  10. Anticipated and resolve problems
  11. None of the above


* 3.Which statements describe your experience gathering and evaluating information or data?
  1. I have applied analytical and evaluation methods, theories, and techniques to provide recommendations on technical issues.
  2. I have tracked and monitored completion of office assignments and prepared reports that evaluated results and documented any trends.
  3. I have conducted analysis, reviews, and studies of operational and administrative programs and processes in order to provide recommended solutions and improvements for the efficiency of the office.
  4. None of the above.


* 4.Choose the statements that describe your experience performing analytical and evaluative activities.
  1. I have applied fact-finding and investigative techniques in resolving issues.
  2. I have evaluated comments received on proposed regulations and/or policies to determine whether changes are feasible, enforceable and acceptable in view of program goals.
  3. I have used qualitative and quantitative methods, and other statistical approaches and techniques to assess program effectiveness.
  4. I have assisted in conducting interviews to obtain information on organizational missions, functions, and procedures.
  5. I have worked with upper management to define, analyze, and resolve problems with regulations and policy.
  6. None of the Above.


* 5.Select activities from the following list that you have regularly performed and which demonstrate your skill in working with senior managers to implement new initiatives.
  1. Provide frequent briefings to higher-level authority on issues and recommend solutions to problems.
  2. Facilitate group meetings (for example, group feedback sessions, focus groups, and conference sessions).
  3. Develop and present technical briefings and/or training activities in topics to a variety of audiences.
  4. Work closely with managers to resolve problems, analyze alternatives, negotiate differences, or develop improvements.
  5. Explain or justify decisions, conclusions, findings, or recommendations.
  6. Provide information to supervisor, managers, employees and members of the general public involving clarification of procedures, decisions, problems, or further action needed.
  7. Conduct meetings to plan, coordinate, consult on work efforts, or resolve issues. This would include making presentations to influence individuals or groups who are resistant to agency positions or who have conflicting agendas.
  8. I have not performed any of the above tasks.


* 6.Select the description that best represents your highest level of experience interacting and achieving consensus with various groups and individuals.
  1. Experience that involves routinely working with external management officials to resolve unique or complex issues in a way that reflects a partnership or shared problem solving, such as sharing options and initiating ongoing contacts with managers to foster strong working relationships.
  2. Experience that involves routinely working with internal managers to resolve issues and problems, which arise on a daily basis. This involves briefing managers on new or revised regulations and discussing policy alternatives.
  3. Experience that involves routinely educating, advising, or participating in meetings with groups or individuals when contacted to address issues or problems. This includes developing rapport and establishing credibility to resolve issues that are mutually satisfactory to programs and all parties.
  4. Experience that involves explaining agency policy and regulations and providing background of the rationale for such policies, and using negotiating techniques to ensure full compliance.
  5. None of the above.


* 7.I have performed the following leadership functions:
  1. Setting standards, expectations, and deadlines.
  2. Planning work assignments to be assigned to employees.
  3. Establishing work schedules and worksite assignments.
  4. Assigning tasks and responsibilities to employees.
  5. Reviewing completed work for technical accuracy.
  6. Following up with employees to assure timelines in meeting milestones.
  7. Resolving conflicts, differences, or problems.
  8. Coaching and mentoring employees to achieve desired results.
  9. Reporting progress to senior management.
  10. Implementing work completed.
  11. Evaluating the effectiveness of completed assignments or projects.
  12. None of the above.


* 8.Select the statements that describe your experience leading or participating as a team member on specific projects.
  1. Communicate the organization's strategic plan, mission, vision, and values to work team members and integrate them into the team's strategies, goals, objectives, work plans products, and services.
  2. Communicate the assignment, project, problem to be solved, actions to be taken, milestones, program issues, and timeframes for completion to all team members.
  3. Coach the team and provide advice on appropriate work methods, practices and procedures, and identifying the parameters of a viable solution.
  4. Lead the team in identifying, distributing, balancing and adjusting workload and tasks as needed in accordance with established workflow, skill level and/or occupational specialization, and priorities.
  5. Participate in various team projects to analyze specific issues and to develop an approach to resolve specific agency problems or projects.
  6. Monitor and report on status and progress of work, checking on work in progress and reviewing completed work to see that the team meets the instruction on work priorities, methods, deadlines and quality.
  7. Coach, facilitate and/or negotiate in coordinating team initiatives and to build consensus.
  8. Amend or reject work that did not meet established standards.
  9. None of the above.


* 9.Choose the statements that best describe your experience with preparing written documents.
  1. I have prepared and presented issue papers and/or briefings to program personnel, and/or management officials at all levels within an organization.
  2. I have prepared written responses to public inquiries, and prepared Congressional and executive-level correspondence.
  3. I have drafted policy and procedural materials for dissemination to field or operating level components.
  4. I have prepared and presented issue papers and/or briefings to program personnel, and/or management officials at all levels within an organization on workforce management issues in a technical advisory capacity.
  5. I have prepared and presented briefings to diverse audiences.
  6. None of the above






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