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Grade: 14
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.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Choose the statement(s) that best describe your experience developing, leading, directing, and/or motivating a diverse staff.
  1. I have provided broad guidance to people to prioritize work and then accomplish it in a timely, satisfactory manner.
  2. I have planned work to be accomplished by subordinates, set and adjusted priorities, and prepared schedules for the completion of work.
  3. I have assigned work to subordinates based on priorities, consideration of the difficulty of assignments, and the capabilities of employees.
  4. I have held responsibility as a team leader.
  5. I have been a project leader.
  6. I have developed performance standards and evaluated employees' work.
  7. I have prepared evaluation material for employees, products, and/or tasks.
  8. I have interviewed candidates for positions.
  9. I have worked with employees to identify their developmental and training needs based on organizational goals and budget realities.
  10. I have, as a senior staff member, served as acting supervisor on occasion, and assisted the supervisor in developing and leading others.
  11. I have developed performance improvement plans.
  12. None of the above.


* 2.Choose all the statements that describe your experience managing, directing or administrating an important program and/or significant program segment.
  1. I have issued technically authoritative interpretations and decisions regarding laws, regulations and program policies relating to the program.
  2. I have developed and recommended program policies, strategies and goals.
  3. I have set the short-range objectives for the accomplishment of the program work.
  4. I have set long-range plans for the program considering the possible changes in program direction and new and/or emerging laws.
  5. I have developed and approved program procedures and practices.
  6. I have promoted program(s) and provided expert advice to a variety of senior officials.
  7. I have not performed any of the above tasks.


* 3.From the following list, select all of the duties and/or experience you have performed on a regular and recurring basis to develop, lead, direct, and/or motivate a diverse staff.
  1. I have led a complex, multi-layered workforce of widely varying occupations and knowledge levels
  2. I have provided broad guidance to people to prioritize work and then accomplish it in a timely, satisfactory manner.
  3. I have assigned work to subordinates based on priorities, consideration of the difficulty of assignments, and the capabilities of employees.
  4. I have responsibility for first line supervision to employees.
  5. I have held responsibility as a team leader.
  6. I have been a project leader.
  7. I have no experience leading or directing others.


* 4.From the choices below, please identify those statements that describe your ability to develop or build effective teams or working groups.
  1. Led teams/working groups and motivated others towards goal accomplishment.
  2. Participated as a team member with some involvement in motivating others towards goal accomplishment.
  3. Consistently develop and sustain cooperative working relationships with others.
  4. Demonstrated the ability to deal effectively with pressure, while maintaining the team/work group's focus, intensity and persistence under adversity.
  5. None of the above.


* 5.Choose the statement(s) that best describe your experience with implementation of human resources automated systems.
  1. I have provided advice to database users on basic Human Resources data standards, policies and procedures.
  2. I have provided advice and recommendations on the feasibility of automated personnel systems.
  3. I have directed the implementation of an automated system, with responsibility for technical adequacy and content and for recommendation of appropriate business process changes.
  4. I have formulated guidelines and procedural instructions for implementation of new initiatives or systems.
  5. I have represented the organization on user groups, task forces related to automated personnel systems.
  6. I have served as coordinator and focal point for content development in implementation of automated personnel systems.
  7. I have not performed any of the above tasks.


* 6.Please indicate the types of interpersonal communication duties you have performed as a regular part of a job.
  1. Briefed management/customers on policy changes.
  2. Defended recommendations on controversial issues.
  3. Facilitated coordination of efforts between organizational entities.
  4. Acted as technical representative.
  5. Served on panels, committees, or task forces on technical, programmatic, and/or professional issues.
  6. Regularly consulted by others on technical, programmatic, and/or professional issues.
  7. None of the above.


* 7.Choose the statement that best describes your experience delivering briefings to senior managers.
  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.


* 8.Choose the statement(s) that best describe your communication / briefing skills that you use as a regular part of your job to support agency goals.
  1. I regularly communicate organizational strategies, goals, objectives, and priorities in oral presentations to various levels of management.
  2. I explain or justify decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations to managers and/or employees.
  3. I represent my agency in meetings with outside organizations or individuals.
  4. I brief managers on agency policy, goals and objectives.
  5. I have not performed any of the above tasks.


* 9.Describe your highest level of experience generating reports and analyzing data.
  1. I have generated "canned" reports where the report parameters are pre-defined and the process of running the report is well established and fully automated.
  2. I have created basic ad-hoc reports requiring few data elements drawn from a single database or application.
  3. I have created ad-hoc reports requiring merging data from multiple sources or databases. Also, I have reviewed reports for data quality and completeness.
  4. I have prepared complex ad-hoc reports by merging data stored in multiple tables or systems. I have analyzed reports to identify historical trends, identify quality control issues, develop projections, and offer recommendations based on the data analysis.
  5. 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.Have you provided Foreign Service recruitment policy and procedure guidance?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 12.Have you acted as a senior-level advisor in deploying Foreign Service Officers?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 13.I have a working knowledge of Federal human resources regulations and policies.
  1. True
  2. False


* 14.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience planning and implementing new or major HR automation initiatives?
  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.


* 15.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


* 16.I have created and administered new programs related to the following:
  1. Performance Management Systems
  2. Incentive Award Programs
  3. Relocation Incentive Programs
  4. Recruitment Incentive Programs
  5. Retention Allowance Programs
  6. Student Loan Repayment
  7. Pay Banding
  8. None of the above


* 17.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


* 18.Choose the statement that best describes your experience developing standard operating procedures regarding staffing.
  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.


* 19.Choose the statement that best describes your experience advising management on recruitment strategies and special programs.
  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.


* 20.Select activities from the following list that you have regularly performed and which demonstrate your skill in developing and enhancing working partnerships and help resolve HR issues.
  1. Provide frequent briefings to higher-level authority on issues and recommend solutions to problems.
  2. Facilitate group sessions (for example, group feedback sessions, focus groups, resume workshops).
  3. Prepare and present technical briefings and/or training activities in HR 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 HR 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.


* 21.Choose the statement that best describes experience resolving recruitment problems guidance related to relocation, retention, recruitment bonuses/incentives, and superior qualifications authority.
  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.






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