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Grade: 05

No questions specified.

Grade: All Grades

1 Conduct Policy Statement

I am a bona fide applicant pursuing a Foreign Service career and I understand, acknowledge and agree to the requirements outlined below.

That the Department of State reserves the right to cancel or withhold results and/or disqualify my application when, in its judgment, an irregularity occurs, including but not limited to candidate misconduct, plagiarism, and/or misrepresentation of material fact.

  • By selecting "Yes," I accept the terms.
  • By selecting "No," I do not accept the terms and I understand that my application will be terminated.
Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
Note to Question One: These provisions are consistent with and do not supersede, conflict with, or otherwise alter the employee obligations, rights, or liabilities created by existing statute or Executive Order relating to (1) classified information, (2) communications to Congress, (3) the reporting to an Inspector General of a violation of any law, rule, or regulation, or mismanagement, a gross waste of funds, an abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety, or (4) any other whistleblower protection. The definitions, requirements, obligations, rights, sanctions, and liabilities by controlling Executive Orders and statutory provisions are incorporated into this agreement and are controlling.
2 Are you willing to serve anywhere in the world, as well as at an unaccompanied post? (see below before answering) Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
Note: Worldwide availability is both an affirmed willingness to serve anywhere in the world and a matter of being medically qualified to do so. Both are essential requirements for appointment to the Foreign Service. Worldwide availability also means that, due to political instability and/or security concerns, in some cases family members cannot go to post (unaccompanied tours) or must leave post as security deteriorates (evacuations).
3 Are you at least 20 years old? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
Note: Applicants must be American citizens and at least 20 years old to apply and at least 21 years of age to be appointed.

Note: By law, all career candidates, except preference eligible veterans, must be appointed to the Foreign Service prior to the month in which they reach age 60. For more information about Veteran's Preference and how it is applied in the FS Selection Process, please visit: http://careers.state.gov/faqs/faqs-wiki/are-veterans-given-hiring-preference-
4 In the last two years, have you received written notification that you were found unsuitable for employment by a Department of State Suitability Review Panel or Final Review Panel?

For more information, see https://fam.state.gov/ (3 FAM 2215). Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
Note: Individuals who have been found unsuitable for employment by a Department of State Suitability or Final Review Panel within the previous two years are ineligible to apply (unless the individual was a candidate for a Special Agent position with the Diplomatic Security Service and the decision to deny eligibility was based on the candidate's inability to fulfill the unique duties of that position).
5 I am aware that this position has essential physical requirements (as described in the vacancy announcement) that I must meet with or without reasonable accommodation. Note: To learn more about reasonable accommodation, please visit: US Department of State Diversity & Inclusion Accessibility and Accommodations. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
6 From the following list, select those types of equipment with which you have working knowledge (i.e., applied on the job) applicable to a radio systems technology environment. (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • Two-way VHF/UHF digital handheld radios
  • Two-way VHF/UHF analog handheld radios
  • VHF/UHF Radio base stations
  • VHF/UHF Radio repeater systems
  • VHF/UHF Mobile Radios
  • Duplexers
  • Point-to-point microwave links
  • Radio-to-telephone bridging equipment for telephone patches
  • Radio over IP devices
  • VHF/UHF antenna systems
  • HF antenna systems
  • HF radios and amplifiers
  • None of the above
7 From the following list, select those types of software with which you have working knowledge (i.e. applied on the job) applicable to an information technology environment. (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • Microsoft Operating Systems
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Antivirus
  • Other
  • None of the above
8 Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience in repairing radio communications equipment? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience repairing radio communications equipment.
  • I have replaced faulty antennas, replaced faulty batteries, and reprogrammed faulty radios with a known good codeplug.
  • I have repaired or replaced a variety of repeater system modules, programmed handheld, mobile, and repeater systems, repaired/replaced repeater antenna systems to include lightning arrestor equipment, created radio codeplugs to accommodate changes in radio networks/channels, and repaired or replaced HF radio base stations.
9 From the following list, select those Radio Technician activities that you have routinely and successfully performed. (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have programmed handheld, mobile, and base station radios using a laptop.
  • I have created codeplugs used for programming radio equipment.
  • I have set up and programmed radio repeaters.
  • I have tested forward and reflected power using a RF wattmeter.
  • I have tested fiber optics and copper cabling to troubleshoot faults.
  • I have installed RF antenna systems and appropriate cabling.
  • I have installed, checked, and repaired the grounding system to radio repeater systems.
  • I have installed base stations, mobile radios, and handheld radios.
  • I have configured calling groups for radio users.
  • I have used a spectrum analyzer to troubleshoot RF issues.
  • I have performed keying/rekeying of encrypted radios.
  • I have maintained and administered radio voice recording systems.
  • I have tested radio equipment using a dummy load.
  • None of the above
10 From the following list select the equipment for which you have researched, assessed need, determined requirements, and have participated in purchasing. (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • Analog handheld/mobile radios
  • Digital handheld/mobile radios
  • Radio base stations
  • Vehicle radio mounting kits and antennas
  • Repeater equipment, antennas and cabling
  • Radio over IP devices
  • Battery backup systems for repeaters
  • Radio testing equipment
  • Power Stabilization Equipment
  • RF Cabling and Connectors
  • Lightning protection equipment
  • Other
  • None of the above
11 Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience as a radio technician? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had any education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or a senior employee.
  • I have routinely and independently performed this task as a regular part of the job, and usually without review by a supervisor or a senior employee.
  • I am highly skilled at performing this task on the job. I have trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.
12 Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience in troubleshooting in a radio technician environment? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had any education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or a senior employee.
  • I have routinely and independently performed this task as a regular part of the job, and usually without review by a supervisor or a senior employee.
  • I am highly skilled at performing this task on the job. I have trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.
13 From the following list, select those troubleshooting activities that you have routinely performed in an information technology environment. (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have used a spectrum analyzer to look for RFI problems.
  • I have terminated RJ45 and RJ11 connectors.
  • I have terminated BNC, N, RF, and TNC connectors.
  • I have terminated single mode and multimode fiber cable
  • I have reloaded Client software to correct for an application problem.
  • I have restored a radio repeater system using a backup.
  • I have used a RF wattmeter to measure forward and reflected transmit power .
  • I have verified proper grounding of radio systems .
  • I have used vendor manuals to assist with troubleshooting.
  • I have installed and configured a laptop to be used as a console for troubleshooting.
  • I have used a volt-ohm meter for measuring voltage.
  • I have tested repeater battery backup systems to verify battery life.
  • I have performed a radio map study to verify radio coverage.
  • I have used a soldering iron to replace faulty RF connectors.
  • None of the above
14 From the following list, select those problem solving activities that you have routinely performed in an information technology environment. (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have followed a manual, documentation, or standard operating procedure for proper maintenance and installation of equipment.
  • I have accessed a vendor website for technical information, knowledge base, and/or FAQs for common technical problems.
  • I have sought input from a blog, online forum, colleagues, or supervisors in order to resolve a problem.
  • I have created an alternate fix for a problem until the proper equipment/part has been received to resolve the problem.
  • I have asked end users to describe a problem she/he is experiencing in order to understand or duplicate the problem.
  • I have researched and identified hardware specifications.
  • I have determined whether a problem involves the network or just one end user or network segment.
  • I have prioritized multiple problems based on the level of impact or severity.
  • None of the above
15 From the following list, select those items that describe your experience in installing radio systems equipment. (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have installed and configured vehicle mounted mobile radios.
  • I have installed cabling from an external antenna to a base station.
  • I have installed cabling from a repeater antenna to a repeater.
  • I have installed and programmed repeaters.
  • I have installed and programmed HF radios and HF antennas.
  • I have installed and configured radio to telephone bridge equipment.
  • I have configured AES encryption on radio equipment.
  • I have tested and verified the operational status of all repeater components.
  • Other
  • None of the above
16 Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience in installing, testing, troubleshooting and verifying in a radio technician’s environment? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had any education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or a senior employee.
  • I have routinely and independently performed this task as a regular part of the job, and usually without review by a supervisor or a senior employee.
  • I am highly skilled at performing this task on the job. I have trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.
17 Which of the following describes your highest level of experience in coordinating or overseeing the work of others? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience coordinating or overseeing the work of others.
  • I have experience as a team leader.
  • I have supervised others on specific projects.
18 From the following list, select those items that describe your maintenance experience in an information technology environment. (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have packed, crated, and coordinated the shipment of heavy equipment.
  • I have installed cable in a building infrastructure.
  • I have installed cable in external environments and on roofs.
  • I have performed common maintenance tasks such as cleaning and moving equipment.
  • I have worked in an environment that required me to be on-call after hours.
  • I have inventoried computer equipment and entered the inventory into a database.
  • I have installed equipment in cramped or dark spaces.
  • I have installed equipment which required me to climb a tower.
  • None of the above
19 Which of the following describes your highest level of experience in providing instruction to end users? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience providing instruction to end users.
  • I have delivered informal operational instruction (e.g., telephone, hand-held radios, software application, etc.) one-on-one to an end user.
  • I have delivered formal operational instruction (e.g., telephone, hand-held radios, software application, etc.) to end user groups.
  • I have given short presentations at briefings or meetings (e.g. staff meetings, small project work group meetings, meetings with fellow team members).
20 Select the one response which best describes your ability to communicate orally with various levels of employees and management. Answer to this question is required
  • I have fielded inquiries, relayed messages, or answered and redirected telephone calls.
  • I have questioned, interviewed, or conferred with others to obtain or verify information; and explained non-technical procedures to others.
  • I have discussed and explained technical material that may have been controversial or sensitive.
  • None of the above.
21 Select the one response that best describes your experience in communicating with diverse audiences. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had the opportunity to work in a diverse or multi-cultural environment.
  • I have occasionally worked with people of different cultural, political social, socio-economic, or ethnic backgrounds in my job.
  • I have worked with people of different cultural, political social, socio-economic, or ethnic backgrounds as regular part of my job.
22 Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience in decision-making? Answer to this question is required
  • I have assisted others in analyzing problems and developing solutions.
  • I have identified problems and applied standard procedures to solve them.
  • I have applied unconventional procedures to solve problems or determine a course of action.
  • I have developed a systematic approach to solving complex problems and selecting a course of action.
23 Which of the following best describes your ability to make decisions independently? Answer to this question is required
  • My jobs have required that I refer complex issues to a supervisor.
  • I have on occasion resolved unusual problems or unprecedented situations.
  • I independently analyzed problems or situations and considered the impact, rules, regulations, and management preferences before providing solutions.
The following questions pertain to your educational background.
24 Highest Education Level Completed Answer to this question is required
  • No Formal Education (01)
  • Elementary School Completed (02)
  • Some High School (03)
  • High School Graduate (04)
  • Terminal Occup Prog-No Cert (05)
  • Terminal Occup Prog-Cert (06)
  • Some College - less than 1 Yr (07)
  • One Year College (08)
  • Two Years College (09)
  • Associate Degree (10)
  • Three Years College (11)
  • Four Years College (12)
  • Bachelor Degree (13)
  • Post Bachelors (14)
  • First Professional (15)
  • Post-First Professional (16)
  • Masters Degree (17)
  • Post Masters (18)
  • Sixth Year Degree (19)
  • Post Sixth Year (20)
  • Doctorate Degree (21)
  • Post Doctorate (22)
Undergraduate Study
Please select from the lists provided. If you do not see your school or major on our list, please select "Other" from the list. You may then type the name of your school or major after the auto-populated text.
25 Maximum length of 100 characters.
26 Maximum length of 100 characters.
27 Maximum length of 100 characters.
28 Please indicate your undergraduate Grade Point Average on a 4.0 scale (for example, 3.4).
29 Date you received your undergraduate degree.
Graduate Study
30 Maximum length of 100 characters.
31 Maximum length of 100 characters.
32 Maximum length of 100 characters.
33 Please indicate your graduate Grade Point Average on a 4.0 scale (for example, 3.4).
34 Date you received your graduate degree.
Foreign Language Proficiency
35 Do you speak a foreign language? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
36 Maximum length of 100 characters.
37 Please indicate your first foreign language speaking proficiency.  Please click here for proficiency definitions.
  • 0 - No practical proficiency
  • 1 - Elementary proficiency
  • 2 - Limited working proficiency
  • 3 - Minimum professional proficiency
  • 4 - Full professional proficiency
  • 5 - Native or bilingual proficiency
38 Please indicate your first foreign language reading proficiency.  Please click here for proficiency definitions.
  • 0 - No practical proficiency
  • 1 - Elementary proficiency
  • 2 - Limited working proficiency
  • 3 - Minimum professional proficiency
  • 4 - Full professional proficiency
  • 5 - Native or bilingual proficiency
39 Maximum length of 100 characters.
40 Please indicate your second foreign language speaking proficiency.  Please click here for proficiency definitions.
  • 0 - No practical proficiency
  • 1 - Elementary proficiency
  • 2 - Limited working proficiency
  • 3 - Minimum professional proficiency
  • 4 - Full professional proficiency
  • 5 - Native or bilingual proficiency
41 Please indicate your second foreign language reading proficiency.  Please click here for proficiency definitions.
  • 0 - No practical proficiency
  • 1 - Elementary proficiency
  • 2 - Limited working proficiency
  • 3 - Minimum professional proficiency
  • 4 - Full professional proficiency
  • 5 - Native or bilingual proficiency
42 Please indicate what type of overseas experience you possess:
  • Student
  • Dependent
  • Peace Corps
  • Military
  • Government
  • Other
43 Please indicate length of overseas experience: Maximum length of 50 characters.
44 How Did You First Learn About This Opportunity? Answer to this question is required
  • Article/interview with Secretary of State or other Department spokesperson
  • careers.state.gov
    44.1 careers.state.gov - Choose one:
    • Desktop
    • Mobile Device
  • Diplomat in Residence
    44.1 Diplomat in Residence - Choose one region:
    • Central (KS, MO, NE, OK, SD)
    • Central South (AR, MS, LA)
    • DC Metro (DC, DE, MD, WV, and northern Virginia)
    • Midwest (IA, IL, MN, ND, WI)
    • Mid-Atlantic (NC, SC, and southern Virginia)
    • New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)
    • New York Metro (NJ, NY, PA)
    • North Central (IN, KY, OH, MI)
    • Northwest (AK, OR, WA, and northern California)
    • Rocky Mountains (CO, ID, MT, UT, WY)
    • South (TN, northern Alabama, and northern Georgia)
    • South Florida and PR
    • Southeast (southern Alabama, southern Georgia, and north Florida)
    • Southern California (HI, NV, and southern California)
    • Southwest (AZ, NM, and greater El Paso)
    • Texas (all TX with the exception of greater El Paso)
  • Direct email from DOSCareers@state.gov
  • Direct email from careers@state.gov
  • Disability career fair or organization
  • DOSCareers mobile app
  • Fellowship/scholarship program manager
  • Friend or relative
  • High school guidance counselor
  • Military/Veteran career fair or organization
  • Other (please specify)
    44.1 Other (please specify): Maximum length of 100 characters.
  • Other Department/Foreign Service employee
  • Other website
    44.1 Other website - Choose one:
    • Administrative Jobs
    • AMightyRiver
    • Advance for Lab Professionals
    • African American Career World
    • Asian American Media
    • AsianLife
    • Asian Hires
    • Beyond
    • Black America Web
    • Black Ivy League Online
    • Black Planet
    • Boren/NSEP
    • Buildings.com
    • CareerBuilder
    • Careers and the disABLED
    • ClearanceJobs
    • CollegeRecruiter
    • CoreNet
    • Daily Muse
    • Development Exchange
    • DICE
    • Diversity Careers in Engineering & IT
    • DiversityMBA
    • Engineering News Record
    • Essence
    • FacilitiesNet
    • FMJournal
    • FMLink
    • Glassdoor
    • GoAbroad
    • GoldSea
    • Google
    • GovJobs
    • Government Jobs
    • HBCUConnect
    • HealtheCareers
    • HireDisability
    • HireDiversity
    • Hispanic Career World
    • Hispanic College Fund
    • Idealist
    • Indeed
    • Indian Country Today
    • Language Jobs
    • LatPro
    • Latino Fox News
    • MedPage Today
    • Military.com
    • MeetUp
    • Monster
    • NACE
    • National Society of High School Scholars
    • Native Peoples
    • National Black MBA
    • NSBE
    • Psych.org
    • PsychiatryOnline
    • RecruitMilitary.com
    • RPCV.org
    • Saludos
    • Scholarships.com
    • SimplyHired
    • Society of Women Engineers
    • TAOnline
    • TeachAbroad
    • Univision
    • USAToday
    • Winds of Change
  • Professional career fair
  • Professional organization (please specify)
    44.1 Professional organization - Choose one:
    • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
    • American Association of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
    • American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
    • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
    • American Medical Association (AMA)
    • American Psychiatric Association (APA)
    • American Society of Clinical Lab Science (ASCLS)
    • American Society of Construction Engineers (ASCE)
    • American Society of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP)
    • ASIS International
    • Association of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (AEEE)
    • Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)
    • Association of Executive and Administrative Professionals (AEAP)
    • Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE)
    • Association for Women in Science (AWIS)
    • Association of International Educators
    • Black Data Processing Association (BDPA)
    • Clinical Lab Management Association (CLMA)
    • Congressional Black Caucus (CBC)
    • Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC)
    • Equal Justice Works
    • Forte Foundation
    • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
    • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    • International Facilities Management Association (IFMA)
    • Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
    • National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)
    • National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA)
    • National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)
    • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
    • PeaceCorps
    • SACNAS
    • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
    • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • Social media
    44.1 Social media - Choose one:
    • Facebook
    • Facebook Live Event
    • LinkedIn
    • Twitter
    • Other
  • Teacher/professor or other faculty
  • U.S. Department of State recruiter
  • University/college career fair
  • University/college career services
  • USAJobs.gov
Accomplishments Questionnaire and Statement of Interest
These required questions provide an opportunity to describe examples and accomplishments from your education, life, and/or work experience that demonstrate your qualifications for becoming an FSS. Examples can be drawn from any part of your professional or personal experience. The information you give may be used in your oral assessment should you be invited and is an important factor in the competitive evaluation of applicants. Each response is limited to 300 words or fewer (maximum length 2,000 characters) for each item. You should compose your replies carefully, as one of the skills necessary to succeed as an FSS is the ability to write clearly and concisely. Answers to the all of the items in the Accomplishments Questionnaire and Statement of Interest are required and must be completed in the online application.
Accomplishments Questionnaire
45 Practical Problem Solving: Using your technical knowledge of networks and voice communications, describe what you consider to be the best example of a situation where you had to find an innovative solution to a practical problem. Indicate who was affected by the problem and in what way, and the nature of the difficulties faced. Maximum length of 2000 characters. Answer to this question is required
46 Organizing Your Own Work: Give an example of a situation that shows your ability to think logically, analyze problems, communicate with others, and apply sound judgment, particularly where you had to meet tight deadlines or work long hours. Indicate the complexity of the task you were organizing and the consequences if you had failed to meet your deadline. Maximum length of 2000 characters. Answer to this question is required
47 Handling Conflicting Priorities: Give one example which best illustrates a situation where you had to handle several different tasks at once and where it was important to ensure the quality of your work performance was maintained at a high standard. Indicate any resources you had to organize, and the pressure you were under to change, the order of priority. Maximum length of 2000 characters. Answer to this question is required
48 Withstanding the Rigors of Overseas Life: What experiences have you had which might suggest you could handle the difficulties of overseas life? List any experience of living, working or traveling abroad and any evidence of aptitude for foreign languages. Maximum length of 2000 characters. Answer to this question is required
Statement of Interest
49 Required narrative Statement of Interest, which discusses your:

  • Motivation for joining the Foreign Service,
  • Comments about your work experience, include special skills (e.g. computer), current licenses, honors, awards, special accomplishments, and/or training (with date completed) relating to this position,
  • Experience living or working in a multicultural environment, overseas or in U.S.
Maximum length of 2000 characters. Answer to this question is required