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Grade: 09

1 Review the statements below and select the one response that best describes your education, or combination of education and experience, as it pertains to the mandatory basic educational requirement for Auditor positions. Answer to this question is required
  • I have successfully completed a full four-year course of study at an accredited college or university leading to an undergraduate or higher degree with a major in accounting.
  • I have successfully completed a full four-year course of study at an accredited college or university leading to an undergraduate, or higher degree, in a field of study related to accounting such as business administration, finance/banking, or public administration. My undergraduate education included, or was supplemented, by at least 24 semester hours in accounting. The 24 semester hours may include up to 6 hours in business law.
  • I have a combination of college level education and accounting/auditing experience which is equivalent to at least four years. My education includes at least 24 semester hours of accounting or auditing courses. The 24 semester hours may include up to 6 hours in business law.
  • I have a combination of college level education and accounting/auditing experience which is equivalent to at least four years. I have a combination of college level education and experience which includes completion of an undergraduate degree with at least 15 semester hours in accounting or auditing subjects, and at least one year of journey level professional accounting or auditing experience.
  • I have a combination of college level education and accounting/auditing experience which is equivalent to at least four years. I also possess one of the following professional certifications which was obtained through a written examination: Certified Internal Auditor or Certified Public Accountant.
  • I have some experience, training, or education in accounting/auditing, but I do not possess the amounts specified in any of the above options.
  • None of the above.
2 Please choose the answer that best describes your experience and/or education. Answer to this question is required
  • I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level. Specialized experience is experience assisting in conducting complicated audits; performing work consisting of systematic evaluations; conducting activities relating to the detection of fraud and waste; and/or assisting in conducting performance and/or contract audits.
  • I possess a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree OR have completed two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.
  • I possess a combination of graduate level education and appropriate experience that together meet the qualification requirements of this position.
  • I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.

Grade: All Grades

1 Persuade others to take a particular course of action or to accept findings, recommendations or changes. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had 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, but with close review and assistance from either a supervisor or a senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job and only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor or a senior employee.
  • Others regularly consult me for my expertise and assistance in performing this task or I have trained or instructed others so that they can perform this task.
2 I have researched directives, laws, and/or regulations, etc. which apply to the following types of organizations to assist me in conducting audits: Answer to this question is required
  • Federal agencies/programs
  • State agencies/programs
  • County/local agencies/programs
  • Private sector companies
  • None of the above.
3 Please identify which of the following tasks you have independently performed in professional positions that you have held: Answer to this question is required
  • Gathered and developed pre-audit data and information about the subject client, program or organization, in order to establish the scope, coverage and topics of inquiry to be pursued.
  • Used prescribed formulas, schedules, tables, or procedures to calculate or determine the scope and extent of data to be reviewed.
  • Performed data queries and extracted or downloaded information from automated accounting systems.
  • Developed work plans which included objectives, coverage, procedures, and timetables.
  • Analyzed financial data to determine levels or degrees of risk indicated with respect to the subject’s compliance with legal or regulatory requirements.
  • Analyzed program data, including management control processes, to determine levels or degrees of risk indicated with respect to the subject’s compliance with legal or regulatory requirements
  • Prepared detail and summary statements to support findings and opinions
  • None of the above
4 From the following list of interpersonal communication skills, please identify those that you have routinely and successfully applied at work. Answer to this question is required
  • Facilitate the resolution of competing or conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation is needed in order to meet a program objective
  • Interact effectively in situations where frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events, arise that cause major shifts in priorities, timetables, or work assignments
  • Provide direction, guidance, or instruction to support staff or new professional staff
  • Administer consequences, hold others accountable to meet program requirements, policies, and/or standards
  • Persuade others to adopt new methods, procedures, or techniques in order to improve operations.
  • Diffused confrontational contacts with people who are difficult, hostile, or distressed.
  • None of the above.
5 I have independently developed, documented, and defended audit findings which have resulted in: Answer to this question is required
  • Adjustments or corrections to financial transactions.
  • Improvements in internal or management control systems/processes
  • Increased efficiency or effectiveness of federal programs, practices, or operations
  • Adoption of automated control techniques in finance or accounting systems.
  • Adoption of manual control techniques in processing transactions.
  • Formal investigations of wrong doing by individuals and firms.
  • Formal sanctions against individuals and/or firms.
  • None of the above.
6 Please select from the following choices, the response(s) which best describe the communication functions have you performed as an auditor: Answer to this question is required
  • Conducted entrance and exit conferences with senior management officials to explain the purpose of an audit/audit procedures and to respond to questions
  • Discussed audit issues with responsible management to solicit their viewpoint and to answer their questions during the audit process
  • Conducted exit conferences with senior management officials that explain the audit conclusions, findings, and recommendations
  • Presented information to supervisor and peers explaining and justifying controversial audit conclusions
  • Persuaded program managers and other decision-making officials, with widely differing goals and interests, to follow recommended courses of action
  • None of the above
7 As a result of audits you have conducted, have you recommended improvements to correct and/or improve management and/or financial controls? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
8 Which of the following best describes your experience conducting audit surveys to identify existing or potential problems concerning an organization`s policies, procedures, operations, management/financial controls, etc.? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not performed this function.
  • I have received education and training in conducting audit surveys for these purposes, but I have not performed this function on the job.
  • I have routinely and independently conducted audit surveys to identify existing or potential problems concerning an organization`s policies, procedures, operations, management/financial controls, etc.
  • I am highly skilled at conducting audit surveys to identify existing or potential problems concerning an organization`s policies, procedures, operations, management/financial controls, etc. Surveys I have conducted have resulted in changes or improvements to an organization`s policies, procedures, operations, and/or management/financial controls.
9 Which of the following reflects the course of action you most frequently take when, during the course of an audit, you discover conditions that do not comply with legal or regulatory requirements? Answer to this question is required
  • Call them to the attention of the audit supervisor and obtain additional instructions before continuing with the audit.
  • Brief the audit supervisor or manager and make recommendations concerning adjusting the scope or coverage of the audit.
  • Independently and informally expand the scope of the audit to sample additional transactions or conditions to determine if a pattern of systemic problems exist.
  • Independently investigate the causes of the condition and determine appropriate corrective action(s).
  • None of the above.
10 Select the responses that reflect your audit experience: Answer to this question is required
  • Plan audits
  • Develop audit objectives
  • Identify and assess risks
  • Identify key control activities
  • Develop test plans to evaluate control activities
  • Design and manage a work program
  • Allocate resources to achieve audit goals, while remaining within budget
  • None of the above
11 I have developed and written reports for the following types of audits/reviews I have conducted: Answer to this question is required
  • Management control audits
  • Financial audits
  • Performance reviews
  • IT audits
  • Risk assessment reviews
  • Program audits
  • Compliance reviews
  • None of the above.
12 I have made substantive oral presentations to defend a position, support or persuade adoption of projects, or similar types of oral presentations where persuasion to a particular point of view was required to the following audiences: Answer to this question is required
  • Team members and/or peers
  • Supervisors and/or managers in your organization
  • High-level officials in Government or private organizations
  • Audiences outside your organization, including conferences, public meetings, or focus groups
  • None of the above
13 Select from the following, the choice(s) that best reflect your presentation/communications skills: Answer to this question is required
  • Effectively communicate technical information to internal or external audiences.
  • Persuade others to accept findings, recommendations, changes, alternative viewpoints, or to take a particular course of action.
  • Interview employees or managers to acquire specific programmatic and/or technical information.
  • Conduct training sessions with varied audiences with different levels of comprehension.
  • Effectively communicate organizational strategies, goals, objectives, or priorities on a regular basis.
  • None of the above.
14 Which statement best describes your experience analyzing data or information? Answer to this question is required
  • I have summarized data and information and forwarded it for review.
  • I have analyzed and selectively summarized data and information to determine next steps.
  • I have independently researched, analyzed and summarized data and information as well as researched records, databases and other resources to resolve issues and problems.
  • I have had formal education and/or training which demonstrates some possession in data/information analysis.
  • I have not had any experience analyzing data or information.
15 Select all of the written products below that you have experience writing. Answer to this question is required
  • Audit findings
  • Financial audit reports
  • Operational audit reports
  • Administrative reports to management
  • Interview statements
  • None of the above
16 Select the choice that best exemplifies your experience effectively conveying information and ideas, both orally and in writing, in a professional manner. Answer to this question is required
  • I have extensive experience and have routinely performed this task independently.
  • I can perform this task satisfactorily and have demonstrated experience.
  • I have had exposure to this task but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it at a satisfactory level.
  • I have taken documented course(s) that were directly related and prepared me for this task but no work experience.
  • I do not have experience in performing this task.
17 From the choices below, select only those written communication tasks that you have performed in your job(s): Answer to this question is required
  • Plan, develop, and compose communications to advise management on matters pertaining to the corporate communications program, events, activities, and policies.
  • Write informational articles or narrative reports for dissemination to the public.
  • Write talking points for senior managers to use when speaking to customers.
  • Write clear narrative, informational reports to reflect program or project activities.
  • Write articles for publication in news media, magazines, or other similar publications.
  • None of the above.
18 Indicate your experience in maintaining and promoting effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers, and other agency's administrative staff. Select all that apply. Answer to this question is required
  • I have established effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers, and other agencies administrative staff.
  • I have led efforts to promote establishing effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers, and other agencies administrative staff.
  • I have worked on teams to promote establishing effective working relationships with managers, supervisor, co-workers, and other agencies administrative staff.
  • I have developed programs to promote establishing effective working relationships with managers, supervisor, co-workers, and other agencies administrative staff.
  • I have not performed any of the above tasks.