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Grade: 13
* 1.GS-13 - Choose one answer that best describes your experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 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.Please select the type(s) of employee and labor relations issue(s) you have experience with.
  1. Conduct
  2. Adverse actions
  3. Appeals
  4. Grievances
  5. Performance Management
  6. Developing performance standards
  7. Absences and Leave
  8. None of the above


* 3.Please identify your highest level of experience applying labor management relations laws, regulations, collective bargaining agreements, principles and practices.
  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.


* 4.Choose the statement that best describes your experience conducting internal fact-finding and investigating allegations related to workplace and human resource issues.
  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.


* 5.From the following list, select all of the incidents with which you have had experience reporting.
  1. Unfair Labor Practices
  2. Arbitration
  3. Unit petitions
  4. Significant grievances
  5. Local supplemental and mid-term negotiations.
  6. None of the above.


* 6.Which of the following best describes your experience with third party representation?
  1. I have prepared and represented management cases before arbitrators, Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), OWCP, Unemployment Hearings, Courts and the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA).
  2. I have dealt with Federal employee labor unions and management through negotiations, grievance handling, unfair labor practices, mediation and alternate dispute resolution.
  3. I have served as an agency representative in third-party proceedings.
  4. None of the above


* 7.I have used my knowledge of position management principles and developed recommendations and strategies to improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of program operations by assessing:
  1. Organizational structures
  2. Skills / competency mix
  3. Reporting relationships
  4. Management of human capital needs
  5. None of the above


* 8.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


* 9.Choose the activities that describe your interpersonal communication skills experience that you have performed as a regular part of a human resources (HR) job.
  1. I have facilitated controversial/complex HR situations.
  2. I have made clear and convincing presentations to individuals and groups on HR program or issues.
  3. I have facilitated the resolution of controversial/complex HR problems.
  4. I have developed and enhanced alliances with internal and external groups and individuals.
  5. I have represented and spoke on behalf of my organizational unit and its work to individuals and groups within and outside the office.
  6. I have communicated with managers and other Human Resources professionals to provide guidance and assistance in resolving difficult human resources issues.
  7. I have ensured that reports, memoranda, and other documents reflect the position and work of the organization in a clear, convincing, and organized manner.
  8. I have communicated with senior executives, managers, and individuals from the Federal, public, and private sectors to influence, recommend, and/or gain acceptance of complex and sensitive HR policies and issues.
  9. None of the above.


* 10.Select the statement(s) that best describe(s) your experience identifying and analyzing HR problems, making logical decisions, and providing solutions.
  1. Identified and analyzed HR problems; distinguished between relevant and irrelevant information to make rational decisions.
  2. Used qualitative data and analytical tools in problem solving
  3. Developed HR policies, regulations, procedures, and plans for meeting the organization's goals and objectives.
  4. Independently interpreted and applied statutes and regulations to resolve HR 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 HR issues.
  7. None of the above.


* 11.Choose the statement that best describes your experience working in a team environment.
  1. I primarily worked alone.
  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.


* 12.Please indicate which of the following written products you have produced as a regular part of your job in a human resources environment.
  1. I have written issue papers or position papers, including analyses and recommendations, on significant and complex HR issues.
  2. I have written policy guidance on HR issues.
  3. I have written the agency's responses or requests to OPM, or other third-parties (for example, testimony or responses to litigation), on complex HR topics.
  4. I have written presentation or briefing materials, including "talking points" for senior officials, on complex HR topics.
  5. I have written HR policies and agency-wide guidelines on staffing issues.
  6. I have reviewed written material, and suggested improvements for technical accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity of expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  7. My written products have been recognized as high-quality, e.g., through performance appraisal and/or awards.
  8. None of the above.


* 13.Which of the following choices BEST reflects your highest level of negotiating experience?
  1. I have no experience, education or training in negotiating issues.
  2. I have completed formal education or training that would facilitiate me in performing this task, but I have not yet applied this knowledge in a work environment.
  3. I have defended my positions and negotiated specific issues under the direction of my supervisor OR a senior colleague.
  4. I routinely and independently defend my positions and negotiate an array of issues under the direction of my supervisor OR a senior colleague.
  5. I defend my positions and negotiate issues as a central or major part of my work. I perform this task routinely and usually independently. I consult with the supervisor OR a senior colleague in negotiating more complex issues.


* 14.Select the answer(s) that best describes your experience in Title 5 Employee & Labor Relations. Select only those areas which you have substantial experience applying title 5 HR rules an regulations.
  1. Labor Relations
  2. Agency head Review
  3. Negotiability appeals
  4. National consultation
  5. FLRA procedures
  6. Arbitration cases-LR and or ER cases
  7. Disciplinary cases
  8. Adverse actions
  9. Mixed cases
  10. Merit Systems Protection Board proceedings
  11. None of the above






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