Foreign Commercial Service Officer (Entry Level)


Vacancy ID: 780174   Announcement Number: CK780174TW   USAJOBS Control Number: 330538700

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Vacancy Identification Number

The Vacancy Identification Number is: 780174


1. Title of Job

Foreign Commercial Service Officer (Entry Level)


2. Biographic Data

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3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

6. Citizenship

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7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

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04

11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

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14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

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16. Availability Date

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17. Service Computation Date

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18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties

Select/enter at least one occupational specialty. The specialty code for this position is:


001 Foreign Commercial Service Officer

21. Geographic Availability

Select/enter at least one geographic location in which you are interested and will accept employment. The location code for this position is:


99CM55001 Commerce - Foreign Service Commercial Officer Locations

22. Transition Assistance Plan

In this section indicate if you are a surplus or displaced Federal employee requesting special priority consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP).

Note: To receive consideration for CTAP or ICTAP, you must submit the necessary supporting documentation. Refer to the "Benefits/Other" section for additional information and instructions.


23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

In this section, you will be asked to prepare written statements that accurately describe your accomplishments related to four selected competency areas that Foreign Service Officers must have to be successful. The emphasis is on the quality of accomplishment and results you have achieved, rather than on the jobs you have held or tasks you have completed.

 

These accomplishments might have resulted from activities that you have done in any kind of setting: paid work, volunteer service, educational pursuits, hobbies, etc., but they should be characteristic of your capability in the given competency area. Accomplishments may focus on a specific incident or on sustained performance over a period of time. Do not hesitate to cite accomplishments in informal or unusual settings. You should describe each accomplishment in ways that illustrate the competency.  Describe a situation, action and outcome achieved as they relate to the competency described.

 

Your responses for each competency area should clearly reflect your individual level of accomplishment related to that competency. Applicants sometimes describe accomplishments that are praiseworthy in their own right but do not clearly reflect the requested competency. Accomplishments that are not closely representative of the requested competency, however, tend to receive less credit than accomplishments that better represent the competency of interest.   Please make sure your narrative reflects the competency requested.   It takes thought and effort to present information about your accomplishments fully and clearly. We are asking you to provide this information so that you can present your competence in each area.  

 

Specific Instructions for Describing Accomplishments:

 

In addition to finding evidence of the competencies themselves, evaluators will be examining your written communication skills: your ability to express ideas and information in written form clearly, succinctly, accurately, and in an organized manner, using correct English language conventions of spelling, punctuation, grammar, and sentence and paragraph structure. Examiners will look to see if you can tailor your written communication to the intended purpose and audience and convey nuances of meaning.

In their day-to-day work, Foreign Commercial Service Officers handle many and varied projects that require work to be organized and structured for effective performance and goal attainment. Officers must anticipate obstacles, and judge and establish realistic priorities in projects, goals, and workloads among multiple competing demands. They must formulate plans consistent with available human, financial, and physical resources. They must modify plans or adjust priorities given changing goals or conditions and available time.   They must plan strategically to optimize short and long-range outcomes and make realistic tradeoffs. Please describe your achievement demonstrating your organizing and planning skills.

Foreign Commercial Service Officers interact with people who have different perspectives on particular issues due to cultural, political, or individual differences. They must learn and clearly interpret relevant information about other societies, their values, beliefs, customs, and institutional processes, and relate such information to U.S. interests and objectives. They must respectfully and effectively interact and work with people of other cultures, including supervising subordinates in those cultures by building rapport, managing relationships, and accommodating differences. They must understand and apply the principles of fair treatment and equal opportunity to all employees, colleagues, and host country citizens. They must further the organization's diversity and equal opportunity goals and objectives.   Please describe your achievement demonstrating your cross-cultural skills.

Foreign Commercial Service Officers are sometimes faced with challenging engagements and problems on the job. They must anticipate or identify problems and their causes, and develop and analyze potential solutions or improvements using rational and logical processes. They must make decisions and judgments that consider relevant facts and information. They must consider potential risks and benefits, applicable rules, regulations, and procedures, ethical considerations, potential impact on other priorities, reputation of the organization, and short and long-term consequences or alternatives. Please describe your achievement demonstrating your problem solving and decision-making skills.

Foreign Commercial Service Officers provide customer service with the goal of helping clients, including individual companies as well as partner organizations, achieve concrete results. They must possess the ability to anticipate and meet customer needs, goals, capabilities, and expectations in order to best help them. They must be able to analyze client potential and readiness to compete. They must be able to furnish appropriate opportunities and contact information to client firms. They need to be able to provide sound client-focused counseling and respond in a timely manner to customer queries and requests for assistance. They must be able to respond creatively to changing or urgent customer requirements and take into account client feedback for purposes of enhancing program and product quality. Please describe your achievement demonstrating your customer service skills.

1. I am aware that knowingly and willfully withholding information or making false statements on this application constitutes a violation of Law and will result in disqualification from the selection process. If the misrepresentation is discovered after hiring, I may be subject to inquiry and suitable administrative or disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the Department of Commerce. I agree to these conditions and I hereby certify that all statements made by me on this application are true and complete to the best of my knowledge.

A. I agree to these conditions and I hereby certify that all statements made by me on this application are true and complete to the best of my knowledge.
B. I do not agree to these conditions and therefore choose not to be considered for the Commerce Foreign Service position at this time.

In this section, you will respond to questions about experiences you have had related to the requirements for an entry level Foreign Commercial Service Officer. Answer all questions by choosing the answer that most closely represents your level of experience. Please note that the answer choices are not necessarily in order of increasing challenge or demand, so you must read through all answers carefully.

Respond to the following questions. Mark only one response for each question. Any experience claimed in response to the following questions MUST be supported by information in your written application (resume, transcripts, narrative responses). You may be asked to provide further evidence or documentation of your experience, and references will be checked.

ALL OF YOUR RESPONSES ARE SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION THROUGH BACKGROUND CHECKS, JOB INTERVIEWS, OR OTHER INFORMATION OBTAINED DURING THE APPLICATION PROCESS. ANY EXAGGERATION OF YOUR EXPERIENCE OR ANY ATTEMPT TO CONCEAL INFORMATION CAN RESULT IN YOU NOT BEING SELECTED, BEING REMOVED FROM A FEDERAL JOB, AND IN BARRING YOU FROM SEEKING FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT IN THE FUTURE.

1. From the descriptions below, choose the letter that best describes the highest level of specialized experience you have that demonstrates your ability to perform the work of a FS-1101-4, Foreign Commercial Service Officer. (Note: One year of specialized experience is based on a 40-hour work week. If you have worked less than 40 hours per week, you must prorate your experience).

A. I have three years of specialized experience. Specialized experience is described as experience performing duties such as: assisting with the production of market analyses that form the basis of international business-related decisions; assisting with the development or implementation of an international trade and marketing strategy for a U.S. product or service which includes identifying target foreign markets, analyzing the potential of these markets, developing a business plan to successfully establish business operations, and promoting the product or service domestically or internationally; assisting in the planning and implementation of trade promotion events such as trade fairs or trade missions; assisting in identification of market impediments or barriers to international sales and developing strategies to overcome them; actively participating in contacts with foreign governments or other organizations to influence the outcome of business activities between U.S. companies and foreign markets; contributing to the analysis of commercial issues requiring trade, economic, or business knowledge of one or more geographic or political regions.
B. I do not possess the experience as described above.

2. From the options below, please select the one response that best describes the education and experience you possess to fulfill the basic requirements of this position.

A. I have a Bachelor's degree. (Transcripts must be submitted to verify this requirement.)
B. I do not meet the education requirement.

3. Please select the response that best indicates your level of experience leading others in the workplace by motivating, inspiring or influencing them toward optimal performance for the purpose of his/her individual learning and development for either personal or professional reasons.

A. I do not yet have experience performing this task, but am interested to learn.
B. I have some experience and am generally familiar with the activities associated with the execution of this task.  I would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it well without supervision.
C. I have learned/been educated on techniques for effectively completing this task, but have not yet put them into action.
D. I am considered an expert in performing this task and/or I train others in performing it. I may have received official recognition for my work related to this task and I have clearly demonstrated my capability in executing the activities associated with the performance of this task.
E. I have considerable experience with the activities associated with this task and perform them regularly.  I perform this task independently and effectively.

4. Please select the item below that best describes your level of teamwork experience in the workplace.

A. I have often worked as and am recognized as a team leader. I skillfully distribute workload and leverage team member skills set and diversity. I interact well with other teams and understand the context of my teams. I skillfully direct subordinates, resolve team conflicts, and drive the team toward its goals.
B. I am experienced conducting work at the individual level and have not yet had occasion to work as a member of a team.
C. I am recognized for my teamwork skills and for my ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively by taking into account the perspectives, goals, and communication styles of others. I have occasionally led teams.
D. I have worked and been a productive member of a team. I understand my role and contribute to team success by sharing and integrating information and resources.
E. I have led and inspired many teams to significant success. I have participated on and/or led cross-functional teams. I instill pride in my teams and am recognized as a superior team leader while managing resources and organizational relationships to support the team and the organization.

5. Please select the item below that best describes your negotiation skills and experience:

A. I have a strong ability to facilitate agreements that involve sharing or exchanging resources to promote mutual goals and interests. I am able to offer alternative courses of action that satisfy my own requirements but will offer greater acceptability to others, by persuading them to change their point of view when necessary.
B. I am a highly skilled negotiator, brought in to resolve difficult, complicated and contentious issues and close deals at the highest organizational levels both internally and external to my organization. I am able to persuade others and/or resolve conflicts in favor of my organizational interests without losing their future support.
C. I am often involved in important organizational negotiations, called upon to build consensus among peers, subordinates, and senior management and leaders to move issues forward and improve organizational performance.
D. I rarely have a need to negotiate differing views or positions. I get along with most people.
E. I have experience presenting and defending a position with the ability to convince others to follow my suggested course of action.

6. Please select the response that best identifies your level of experience acting as a formal advocate on behalf of your organization to best advance the goals, positions and interests of the organization by using actions such as communicating important information with key industry personnel, governments, officials, and/or industry associations to find areas of common ground, assert and defend positions, and coordinate efforts.

A. I do not yet have experience performing this task, but am interested to learn.
B. I have some experience and am generally familiar with the activities associated with the execution of this task.  I would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it well without supervision.
C. I have learned/been educated on techniques for effectively completing this task, but have not yet put them into action.
D. I am considered an expert in performing this task and/or I train others in performing it. I may have received official recognition for my work related to this task and I have clearly demonstrated my capability in executing the activities associated with the performance of this task.
E. I have considerable experience with the activities associated with this task and perform them regularly. I perform this task independently and effectively.

7. Please select the response that best identifies your level of experience organizing and structuring work for effective performance and goal attainment; setting and balancing priorities; formulating plans consistent with available human, financial, and physical resources; and modifying plans or adjusting priorities given changing goals or conditions.

A. I do not yet have experience performing this task, but am interested to learn.
B. I have some experience and am generally familiar with the activities associated with the execution of this task.  I would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it well without supervision.
C. I have learned/been educated on techniques for effectively completing this task, but have not yet put them into action.
D. I am considered an expert in performing this task and/or I train others in performing it. I may have received official recognition for my work related to this task and I have clearly demonstrated my capability in executing the activities associated with the performance of this task.
E. I have considerable experience with the activities associated with this task and perform them regularly.  I perform this task independently and effectively.

8. Please select the response that best identifies your level of experience reporting work performance results to keep decision makers informed.

A. I do not yet have experience performing this task, but am interested to learn.
B. I am considered an expert in performing this task and/or I train others in performing it. I may have received official recognition for my work related to this task and I have clearly demonstrated my capability in executing the activities associated with the performance of this task.
C. I have learned/been educated on techniques for effectively completing this task, but have not yet put them into action.
D. I have some experience and am generally familiar with the activities associated with the execution of this task.  I would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it well without supervision.
E. I have considerable experience with the activities associated with this task and perform them regularly.  I perform this task independently and effectively.

9. Please select the response that best identifies your level of experience preparing, supervising, reviewing and approving reports summarizing operational activities.

A. I do not yet have experience performing this task, but am interested to learn.
B. I have some experience and am generally familiar with the activities associated with the execution of this task.  I would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it well without supervision.
C. I have considerable experience with the activities associated with this task and perform them regularly.  I perform this task independently and effectively.
D. I am considered an expert in performing this task and/or I train others in performing it. I may have received official recognition for my work related to this task and I have clearly demonstrated my capability in executing the activities associated with the performance of this task.
E. I have learned/been educated on techniques for effectively completing this task, but have not yet put them into action.

10. Please select the response that best identifies your level of experience managing work projects by coordinating and leading efforts to achieve success, establishing and tracking milestones, and managing resources and organizational relationships to best support the project.

A. I do not yet have experience performing this task, but am interested to learn.
B. I have some experience and am generally familiar with the activities associated with the execution of this task.  I would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it well without supervision.
C. I have learned/been educated on techniques for effectively completing this task, but have not yet put them into action.
D. I am considered an expert in performing this task and/or I train others in performing it. I may have received official recognition for my work related to this task and I have clearly demonstrated my capability in executing the activities associated with the performance of this task.
E. I have considerable experience with the activities associated with this task and perform them regularly.  I perform this task independently and effectively.

11. Please select the response that best identifies your level of experience managing personnel problems by appropriately detecting and resolving behavior, conduct, and performance problems; mediating disputes; addressing performance issues and taking disciplinary action; and applying a range of people management skills and techniques tailored to office context and goals.

A. I do not yet have experience performing this task, but am interested to learn.
B. I have some experience and am generally familiar with the activities associated with the execution of this task.  I would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it well without supervision.
C. I have learned/been educated on techniques for effectively completing this task, but have not yet put them into action.
D. I am considered an expert in performing this task and/or I train others in performing it. I may have received official recognition for my work related to this task and I have clearly demonstrated my capability in executing the activities associated with the performance of this task.
E. I have considerable experience with the activities associated with this task and perform them regularly.  I perform this task independently and effectively.

12. Please select the response that best describes your level of experience supervising others through fostering a positive work environment, maintaining morale, encouraging creativity, providing feedback through performance appraisals, promoting employees based on performance and work requirements, and articulating employee career paths.

A. I have learned/been educated on techniques for effectively completing this task, but have not yet put them into action.
B. I have some experience and am generally familiar with the activities associated with the execution of this task.  I would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it well without supervision.
C. I do not yet have experience performing this task, but am interested to learn.
D. I am considered an expert in performing this task and/or I train others in performing it. I may have received official recognition for my work related to this task and I have clearly demonstrated my capability in executing the activities associated with the performance of this task.
E. I have considerable experience with the activities associated with this task and perform them regularly. I perform this task independently and effectively.

13. Please select the response that best describes your level of experience with work related networking; maintaining and leveraging professional and social contacts to gain information, facilitate future working relationships and gain cooperation.

A. I do not yet have experience performing this task, but am interested to learn.
B. I am considered an expert in performing this task and/or I train others in performing it. I may have received official recognition for my work related to this task and I have clearly demonstrated my capability in executing the activities associated with the performance of this task.
C. I have learned/been educated on techniques for effectively completing this task, but have not yet put them into action.
D. I have considerable experience with the activities associated with this task and perform them regularly.  I perform this task independently and effectively.
E. I have some experience and am generally familiar with the activities associated with the execution of this task.  I would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it well without supervision.

14. Please select the response that best describes your level of experience managing people and supporting a fair work environment by activities such as holding individuals accountable, and differentiating and rewarding strong from weak performance.

A. I do not yet have experience performing this task, but am interested to learn.
B. I have some experience and am generally familiar with the activities associated with the execution of this task.  I would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it well without supervision.
C. I have learned/been educated on techniques for effectively completing this task, but have not yet put them into action.
D. I am considered an expert in performing this task and/or I train others in performing it. I may have received official recognition for my work related to this task and I have clearly demonstrated my capability in executing the activities associated with the performance of this task.
E. I have considerable experience with the activities associated with this task and perform them regularly.  I perform this task independently and effectively.

15. Please select the item below that best describes your level of response to client needs:

A. I have a strong working knowledge of interpreting client feedback, improving client experience, finding requested/needed information and providing it to clients/customers in a timely manner.
B. I have had some client service experience and I also regularly interact with and am responsive to the needs and expectations of my co-workers, providing them with timely information and service as necessary so as to support them and their client service needs.
C. I am chosen to lead client service efforts because of my past capability in acquiring knowledge used to meet or exceed customers' needs, goals and expectations. I am experienced in providing sound, client-focused counseling and creative, service-based solutions to customer requirements in a timely manner. I provide counseling that has meaningful, positive impact to the clients' organization.
D. I have not had the occasion to provide clients services directly, but my work experience has had an indirect positive impact on customers.
E. I serve or have served in a position where I was routinely called upon to perform client service functions.  My timeliness and understanding of client-related issues has/had a direct and beneficial impact on my organization's client relationships.

16. Please select the response that best describes your level of experience establishing client service/product quality standards and regularly monitoring work products against those standards.

A. I do not yet have experience performing this task, but am interested to learn.
B. I have some experience and am generally familiar with the activities associated with the execution of this task.  I would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it well without supervision.
C. I have learned/been educated on techniques for effectively completing this task, but have not yet put them into action.
D. I am considered an expert in performing this task and/or I train others in performing it. I may have received official recognition for my work related to this task and I have clearly demonstrated my capability in executing the activities associated with the performance of this task.
E. I have considerable experience with the activities associated with this task and perform them regularly.  I perform this task independently and effectively.

17. Please select the response that best describes your level of experience responding to frequently changing situations, being adaptable to expedited demands, and thinking on your feet in order to meet or exceed client expectations.

A. I do not yet have experience performing this task, but am interested to learn.
B. I have some experience and am generally familiar with the activities associated with the execution of this task.  I would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it well without supervision.
C. I have learned/been educated on techniques for effectively completing this task, but have not yet put them into action.
D. I am considered an expert in performing this task and/or I train others in performing it. I may have received official recognition for my work related to this task and I have clearly demonstrated my capability in executing the activities associated with the performance of this task.
E. I have considerable experience with the activities associated with this task and perform them regularly.  I perform this task independently and effectively.

18. Please select the response that best describes your level of experience providing alternative, creative or unique responses to customer requirements to ensure the satisfaction of clients and their success.

A. I do not yet have experience performing this task, but am interested to learn.
B. I have some experience and am generally familiar with the activities associated with the execution of this task.  I would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it well without supervision.
C. I have learned/been educated on techniques for effectively completing this task, but have not yet put them into action.
D. I am considered an expert in performing this task and/or I train others in performing it. I may have received official recognition for my work related to this task and I have clearly demonstrated my capability in executing the activities associated with the performance of this task.
E. I have considerable experience with the activities associated with this task and perform them regularly.  I perform this task independently and effectively.

19. Please select the response that best describes your level of experience researching and identifying all aspects of industries or international markets which enable your organization or its clients to penetrate those markets for commercial purposes in order to establish partnerships or for selling and distribution of your organization's products and services.

A. I do not yet have experience performing this task, but am interested to learn.
B. I have considerable experience with the activities associated with this task and perform them regularly.  I perform this task independently and effectively.
C. I have learned/been educated on techniques for effectively completing this task, but have not yet put them into action.
D. I am considered an expert in performing this task and/or I train others in performing it. I may have received official recognition for my work related to this task and I have clearly demonstrated my capability in executing the activities associated with the performance of this task.
E. I have some experience and am generally familiar with the activities associated with the execution of this task.  I would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it well without supervision.

20. Please select the response that best describes your level of experience in planning events such as preparing, arranging, and coordinating all aspects of significant public events for purposes of celebration, promotion, awareness or other reasons by guiding activities such as directing work teams, arranging for logistics, planning a schedule of events, recruiting others, hosting, and locating sites.

A. I do not yet have experience performing this task, but am interested to learn.
B. I have some experience and am generally familiar with the activities associated with the execution of this task.  I would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it well without supervision.
C. I have learned/been educated on techniques for effectively completing this task, but have not yet put them into action.
D. I am considered an expert in performing this task and/or I train others in performing it. I may have received official recognition for my work related to this task and I have clearly demonstrated my capability in executing the activities associated with the performance of this task.
E. I have considerable experience with the activities associated with this task and perform them regularly.  I perform this task independently and effectively.

21. Please indicate your level of experience encouraging and recruiting interested international buyers, vendors, and partners to your organization through mailings, e-mailings, internet-based means, other social media, multiplier agencies, post network, and personal contacts.

A. I do not yet have experience performing this task, but am interested to learn.
B. I have some experience and am generally familiar with the activities associated with the execution of this task.  I would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it well without supervision.
C. I have learned/been educated on techniques for effectively completing this task, but have not yet put them into action.
D. I am considered an expert in performing this task and/or I train others in performing it. I may have received official recognition for my work related to this task and I have clearly demonstrated my capability in executing the activities associated with the performance of this task.
E. I have considerable experience with the activities associated with this task and perform them regularly.  I perform this task independently and effectively.

22. Please select the response below that best describes your level of experience with regard to work-related decision-making and problem solving.

A. I consistently make solid decisions and resolve problems at work as they arise.
B. I routinely make significant decisions and work to solve important problems that have major team, divisional, or departmental impacts by weighing potential risks and benefits. I am known for sound reasoning and take into consideration many different inputs and perspectives.
C. In addition to my own decision-making, I work with others in my immediate sphere to solve significant issues upon consideration of a variety of inputs and circumstances. I am relied upon by my colleagues to make good decisions and solve problems.
D. I anticipate and identify routine problems and their causes in my daily work. I develop solutions and make accurate judgments in my areas of responsibility.
E. I routinely make difficult and complicated high-level decisions based on sound reasoning that impact major organizational programs and the strategic direction of the organization. I take into consideration short and long-term consequences and alternatives for the organization as a whole. I counsel and guide others to do the same.

23. Please select the response that best describes your level of experience reaching out to, and assessing new potential clients (businesses, organizations) to evaluate their capabilities, fit, and readiness to enter into a strategic relationship with your organization for mutual benefit.

A. I do not yet have experience performing this task, but am interested to learn.
B. I have some experience and am generally familiar with the activities associated with the execution of this task.  I would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it well without supervision.
C. I have learned/been educated on techniques for effectively completing this task, but have not yet put them into action.
D. I am considered an expert in performing this task and/or I train others in performing it. I may have received official recognition for my work related to this task and I have clearly demonstrated my capability in executing the activities associated with the performance of this task.
E. I have considerable experience with the activities associated with this task and perform them regularly.  I perform this task independently and effectively.

24. Please select the response that best describes your level of experience reviewing information on potential business partners (e.g., contacts, agents, distributors, etc.) provided by banks and other knowledgeable business and credit reference services and sources in accordance with local law, and evaluating data supplied by the potential partner to assess the firm's standing in the local business community, creditworthiness, and overall reliability and suitability.

A. I do not yet have experience performing this task, but am interested to learn.
B. I have some experience and am generally familiar with the activities associated with the execution of this task.  I would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it well without supervision.
C. I have learned/been educated on techniques for effectively completing this task, but have not yet put them into action.
D. I am considered an expert in performing this task and/or I train others in performing it. I may have received official recognition for my work related to this task and I have clearly demonstrated my capability in executing the activities associated with the performance of this task.
E. I have considerable experience with the activities associated with this task and perform them regularly.  I perform this task independently and effectively.

25. Please select the response that best describes your level of experience identifying and soliciting cooperation and support from partner trade and industry organizations to encourage their participation in promoting, recruiting for, and attending overseas trade events.

A. I do not yet have experience performing this task, but am interested to learn.
B. I have some experience and am generally familiar with the activities associated with the execution of this task.  I would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it well without supervision.
C. I have learned/been educated on techniques for effectively completing this task, but have not yet put them into action.
D. I am considered an expert in performing this task and/or I train others in performing it. I may have received official recognition for my work related to this task and I have clearly demonstrated my capability in executing the activities associated with the performance of this task.
E. I have considerable experience with the activities associated with this task and perform them regularly.  I perform this task independently and effectively.

26. Please select the response that best describes your level of experience identifying potential trade partners for U.S. businesses by contacting qualified and interested representatives (e.g., foreign government and business organizations, local distributors, etc.) on behalf of U.S. firms and arranging appointments for U.S. business interests with prospective overseas public and private sector business contacts.

A. I have learned/been educated on techniques for effectively completing this task, but have not yet put them into action.
B. I am considered an expert in performing this task and/or I train others in performing it. I may have received official recognition for my work related to this task and I have clearly demonstrated my capability in executing the activities associated with the performance of this task.
C. I do not yet have experience performing this task, but am interested to learn.
D. I have some experience and am generally familiar with the activities associated with the execution of this task.  I would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it well without supervision.
E. I have considerable experience with the activities associated with this task and perform them regularly.  I perform this task independently and effectively.

27. Please select the response that best describes your level of experience handling and supporting organizational visitors to ensure they receive a positive experience while you best present your organization's skills and strengths through activities such as developing programs, arranging for transportation and lodging, setting up networking events, accompanying visitors on tours and appointments, arranging for services, and generally assisting the visitors.

A. I have some experience and am generally familiar with the activities associated with the execution of this task.  I would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it well without supervision.
B. I do not yet have experience performing this task, but am interested to learn.
C. I have learned/been educated on techniques for effectively completing this task, but have not yet put them into action.
D. I have considerable experience with the activities associated with this task and perform them regularly.  I perform this task independently and effectively.
E. I am considered an expert in performing this task and/or I train others in performing it. I may have received official recognition for my work related to this task and I have clearly demonstrated my capability in executing the activities associated with the performance of this task.

28. Please select the item below that best describes your level of work-related cross-cultural experience.

A. I have deep insight into, experience with, and respect for other cultures and use that information to advance the goals and objectives of my organization. I am recognized and sought out for my expertise in being able to leverage cultural diversity and understanding how to live with and work with people from all over the world.
B. I am constantly learning about other cultures through reading and working with people from other parts of the world. I have limited cross-cultural experience, yet respect the diversity of different understandings and perspectives.
C. I have an excellent grasp and appreciation for other cultures through routine exposure and by working with people from around the world. I correctly interpret others' actions and perspectives. I effectively supervise employees from other cultures and understand how to apply principles of fair treatment and equal opportunity.
D. I have a good understanding of other societies, values, beliefs and customs. I have worked with many people who come from different cultures and I respectfully and effectively interact by building rapport, leveraging the differences among us and correctly balancing the perspectives of all.
E. I do not have personal experience with another culture different from my own, but have an interest to experience life in other societies.

29. Please select the item below that best describes your writing and editing skill and experience using the English language.

A. I have had some instruction and/or experience writing English with skill, but am interested and willing to learn in order to do it well.
B. I regularly write in English. My writing is understandable, clear, succinct and accurate. It requires only minor editing for grammatical correctness.
C. I am an excellent writer using correct English language conventions for both writing and editing in English. I either write, or am final approval authority for, major organizational documents: memos, letters, advertisements, and other organizational communications. My writing conveys nuances of meaning in order to interact effectively with individuals at all levels of business. I improve the writing of others through editing and coaching.
D. I write well using the English language. My content is clear, succinct, accurate and organized. I have a complete grasp of English language conventions, spelling, punctuation, grammar, and sentence and paragraph structure. I routinely tailor my writing to a specific intended purpose and audience. I often write important original documents and am relied upon to edit important organizational documents. I routinely edit the writing of my peers.
E. I have adequate working knowledge and experience writing in English and am able to convey important concepts and ideas, but typically have others edit my work for final drafts.

30. Please indicate which of the following types of written documents you have experience preparing (Please select all that apply.):

A. Briefing papers for senior organization officials
B. Official organization correspondence
C. Press releases
D. Decision memos
E. Speeches
F. Market analysis reports
G. None of the above

31. Please indicate which of the following types of written documents you have experience preparing (Please select all that apply.):

A. Financial/budget reports
B. Legislative briefs
C. Strategic plans
D. Marketing/promotional materials
E. Official organization websites/ blog posts
F. PowerPoint presentations
G. None of the above

32. Please select the item below that best describes your public speaking skill and experience using the English language.

A. I have some experience with public speaking. I participate in group discussions and informal presentations and am able to express my ideas clearly.
B. I can speak English, and routinely talk to others, but have not had any training in public speaking, nor experience making formal presentations.
C. I am a skilled public speaker. I am proficient in orally expressing my ideas in English and routinely do so. I regularly find myself in public speaking circumstances and am able to clearly articulate myself in group settings. My speaking is clear and understandable and keeps the interest of my audience.
D. I have expertise in the public speaking arena and guide others in public speaking instruction. I am engaging and persuasive and relied upon to represent my organization. I prepare and deliver formal speeches and presentations both internal and external to my organization. I speak to large audiences and important groups.
E. I am a very strong public speaker with experience speaking to small groups and large audiences. I have prepared and delivered briefings, formal speeches, informal remarks and presentations. I am often asked to present or brief on important topics. I tailor my speeches to fit the audience.

33. Please indicate which of the following types of presentation experience you have (Please select all that apply.):

A. Deliver presentations to small groups within my organization
B. Discuss ideas/recommend solutions in small client meeting
C. Lead team/staff meeting
D. Facilitate roundtable discussion
E. Present to large groups outside my organization
F. Conference panel member
G. None of the above

34. Please indicate which of the following types of presentation experience you have (Please select all that apply.):

A. Keynote speaker
B. Participant in debate
C. Subject of a professional interview on radio/TV
D. Lead a video or web-based meeting
E. Feature in a training or organization video
F. None of the above

35. Please select the response that best describes your level of experience reaching out to and managing clients external to your organization to assess and improve their competitive posture with activities such as keeping them apprised of market trends and conditions, competitiveness, industry regulations, implications of national and local legislation, negotiations and giving them feedback on products and services.

A. I do not yet have experience performing this task, but am interested to learn.
B. I have some experience and am generally familiar with the activities associated with the execution of this task.  I would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it well without supervision.
C. I have learned/been educated on techniques for effectively completing this task, but have not yet put them into action.
D. I am considered an expert in performing this task and/or I train others in performing it. I may have received official recognition for my work related to this task and I have clearly demonstrated my capability in executing the activities associated with the performance of this task.
E. I have considerable experience with the activities associated with this task and perform them regularly.  I perform this task independently and effectively.

36. Please select the response that best describes your level of experience using computers and the Internet (e.g., common office programs, spreadsheets, databases, folders and documents, websites, search engines, etc.) in order to prepare work products, perform analysis, and deliver services.

A. I do not yet have experience performing this task, but am interested to learn.
B. I have some experience and am generally familiar with the activities associated with the execution of this task.  I would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it well without supervision.
C. I have learned/been educated on techniques for effectively completing this task, but have not yet put them into action.
D. I am considered an expert in performing this task and/or I train others in performing it. I may have received official recognition for my work related to this task and I have clearly demonstrated my capability in executing the activities associated with the performance of this task.
E. I have considerable experience with the activities associated with this task and perform them regularly.  I perform this task independently and effectively.

37. Please select the response that best describes your level of experience advising organizations on export/business opportunities related to trade events, and how to participate effectively in the events to maximize results.

A. I do not yet have experience performing this task, but am interested to learn.
B. I have some experience and am generally familiar with the activities associated with the execution of this task.  I would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it well without supervision.
C. I have learned/been educated on techniques for effectively completing this task, but have not yet put them into action.
D. I am considered an expert in performing this task and/or I train others in performing it. I may have received official recognition for my work related to this task and I have clearly demonstrated my capability in executing the activities associated with the performance of this task.
E. I have considerable experience with the activities associated with this task and perform them regularly.  I perform this task independently and effectively.

38. Knowing that making false statements on this application is a violation of Law and will result in disqualification from the selection process, have you answered each and every item in this entire questionnaire with integrity and in your best effort to accurately represent your actual knowledge, skills and abilities as they relate to this job for which you are applying?

A. Yes
B. No