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Grade: 13

1 GS-13: Choose the one answer that best describes your experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position. Before answering this question, see the qualifications section on this announcement. Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service.
  • My experience does not match the choice above.
2 In writing a paper, report or article, have you used any of the following for source material? Answer to this question is required
  • Transcripts of a speech
  • Data presented in an excel spread sheet
  • Data in government databases
  • Articles in academic journals
  • Emails
  • Maps
  • Books (fiction, nonfiction or poetry)
  • Your own notes from an interview
  • Notes taken by another interviewer
  • Translations of foreign newspapers
  • Material from organizations` web sites
  • None of the above
3 Which of the following types of documents have you written? Answer to this question is required
  • Academic reports
  • Government or official reports
  • Newspaper, magazine, or journal articles
  • Press releases
  • Technical documents
  • Speeches
  • Books
  • Publications
  • Policy guidance
  • Opinion papers / decision memos
  • None of the above
4 Which BEST describes your experience planning work schedules? Answer to this question is required
  • My supervisor plans my work schedule.
  • I set my work schedule with oversight from my supervisor.
  • I set my work schedule independently.
  • None of the above.
5 Which of the following BEST reflects your experience in delivering quality work products that satisfy team and/or organizational priorities and deadlines? Answer to this question is required
  • I normally work on individual projects that are generally completed independently and within the assigned deadlines and milestones.
  • I work on multiple tasks within a common time period. I am skilled at adjusting my use of time to meet changes in priorities and demands of unexpected work.
  • In addition to managing multiple tasks within a common time period, I negotiate deadlines, changes, and adjustments in priorities with senior management on my own behalf as well as that of my work group. I have assisted others to determine how to best use their time and how to re-prioritize their work when situations warrant.
  • None of the above.
6 I have performed the following activities to plan and organize work to meet goals and objectives: Answer to this question is required
  • Prioritized multiple assignments or tasks.
  • Estimated work hours and resources required to complete the tasks assigned.
  • Divided large / extended tasks into smaller components.
  • Developed and documented project plans and checklists to track assignments or tasks.
  • None of the above.
7 Which of the following BEST reflects your highest level of experience drawing conclusions based on an analysis of information? Answer to this question is required
  • I have identified the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems under close supervision.
  • I have participated on a team that was responsible for identifying the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • I have independently identified the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • I have led others charged with identifying the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • I have no experience identifying the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
8 From the following list, select those situations that represent your experience solving problems: Answer to this question is required
  • Resolved problems under close supervision.
  • Resolved problems independently.
  • Worked closely with individuals and groups to identify issues, analyze alternatives, and negotiate differences.
  • Combined pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions.
  • Facilitated the resolution of conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation was needed in order to meet objectives.
  • Prepared analytical documents that identified policy issues and offered multiple options for resolution.
  • Applied general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Reviewed and recommended improvements in program policies, procedures or legislation.
  • Served on teams assigned the task of brainstorming alternative solutions to problems and evaluating the effectiveness of those alternatives.
  • None of the above.
9 From the following list of interpersonal communication skills, please identify those that you have routinely and successfully applied: Answer to this question is required
  • Facilitated the amicable resolution of competing or conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation was needed to meet an objective.
  • Interacted effectively in situations where frequent change, delay, or unexpected events arose that caused major shifts in priorities, timetables, or work assignments.
  • Provided direction, guidance, or instruction to staff.
  • Persuaded and/or inspired others to adopt new methods, procedures, or techniques to improve operations.
  • Diffused confrontational situations with people who were difficult, hostile, or distressed.
  • Developed productive working relationships with subordinates, colleagues, and supervisors to achieve goals.
  • Worked cooperatively with others as a team to achieve a goal.
  • None of the above.
10 From the following list of administrative tasks, choose all that you have performed: Answer to this question is required
  • Taken reliable notes while participating in or attending interviews, meetings, speeches, news conferences or lectures.
  • Transcribed interviews, meetings, speeches, news conferences or lectures by shorthand.
  • Transcribed interviews, meetings, speeches, news conferences or lectures from a recording.
  • Maintained information files.
  • None of the above.
11 From the following list of computer and electronic tasks, choose all that you have performed: Answer to this question is required
  • Operated word-processing software to write, edit and revise.
  • Operated spreadsheet or database software to analyze information.
  • Used E-mail to coordinate multiple projects with persons or organizations.
  • Used E-mail to coordinate work and maintain contact with supervisors while traveling on business or working off-site.
  • Used the Internet to research factual, accurate and relevant information from a variety of government and non-government sources.
  • Recorded interviews, speeches, news conferences or lectures.
  • Used a laptop computer to transmit written material from a remote location.
  • Used a camera as part of an information-gathering or documentation process.
  • Updated or maintained a Web site.
  • None of the above
12 Which of the following types of computer programs / applications do you use as a regular part of your job? Answer to this question is required
  • Word processing
  • Presentation software
  • Spreadsheets
  • Databases
  • E-mail applications
  • Internet browsers
  • Desktop publishing
  • Image or video editing
  • None of the above
13 Select all the oral communication activities you have performed on a regular or recurring basis: Answer to this question is required
  • Met with government or business officials, client or customers to discuss policy or strategy.
  • Interviewed government or business officials, client or customers.
  • Represented a work group or organization at meetings.
  • Responded to telephone requests from colleagues, managers, or clients both inside and outside of the organization.
  • Served as primary liaison with other organizations or other agencies.
  • Responded to public inquires.
  • None of the above.
14 In which of the following settings have you worked or had experience as a writer? Answer to this question is required
  • Daily Newsroom
  • Weekly publication
  • Monthly publication
  • Wire service
  • Public affairs / media relations
  • School newspaper
  • Corporate communications
  • U.S. Embassies
  • Government agencies
  • None of the above
15 Which of the following BEST describes your level of experience providing customer service? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no training or experience in performing customer service.
  • I have training, but no experience in performing customer service.
  • I have identified customer needs and preferences, provided customer service, and adhered to quality standards, following specific instructions.
  • I have identified customer needs and preferences, provided customer service, adhered to quality standards in complex or ill-defined situations, or in situations requiring analysis and interpretation of general guidelines and applying them to new situations.
  • I have identified customer needs and preferences, provided customer service, and adhered to quality standards in situations that were complex or that involved difficult interpersonal relations requiring conflict resolution, persuasion or convincing others to achieve my goals.
16 Choose the statement which BEST describes your highest level of experience managing people in writing and editing material for publication. Answer to this question is required
  • I have training but no work experience in managing writers and editors.
  • I have assisted others in managing writers and editors.
  • I have supervised other writers and editors while preparing material for publication.
  • I have trained others to write and edit material for publication.
  • I have supervised other writers and editors while preparing material for publication while also coordinating with other editors, developing strategic communications plans, allocating resources and making short-term, mid-term and long-term decisions for written communications projects.
  • None of the above
17 Which BEST describes your approach to implementing ideas or solving problems? Answer to this question is required
  • I find innovative ways to implement ideas within the scope of existing constraints.
  • I review policies and procedures, but deviate from them to create better options.
  • I find ways to resolve problems regardless of policy and procedures.
  • I vary from policy and procedures when I feel it is necessary.
  • I follow policies and procedures to deliver results.
  • None of the above.
18 How did you learn about this opportunity? Answer to this question is required
  • USAJOBS.gov
  • Careers.state.gov
  • Newspaper, Magazine, Journal
  • Professional Affinity Group
  • Personal Network
  • Job Board
  • Social Media (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)
  • Other
19 If "Other" was selected, please elaborate (Maximum of 20 characters). Maximum length of 20 characters. Answer to this question is required

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