HR Specialist (Recruitment/Staffing)


Vacancy ID: 804158   Announcement Number: D005-13-RMG-804158   USAJOBS Control Number: 333217800

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Vacancy Identification Number

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1. Title of Job

HR Specialist (Recruitment/Staffing)


2. Biographic Data

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3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

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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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

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001 Competitive

21. Geographic Availability

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99MTRO012 Washington DC Metro Area, DC

22. Transition Assistance Plan

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Note: To receive consideration for CTAP or ICTAP, you must submit the necessary supporting documentation. Refer to the vacancy announcement 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:

1. Carefully read the following descriptions of experience and education. Select the one that best describes your qualifications for the HR Specialist (Recruitment/Staffing), GS-0201-11. Make sure your resume supports the response that you select.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-09 in the Federal service or equivalent. Specialized experience may include: providing technical assistance and advisory services to managers on various staffing and classification topics, including providing alternative solutions to organizational issues and handling conflicts; and conducting a job analysis, identifying assessment tool(s) to be used in evaluating applicants, establishing a crediting plan, preparing the vacancy announcement(s), evaluating applicant qualifications, and issuing a certificate of best-qualified applicants.
B. I have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M.,
C. I have a combination of education and experience as described that together qualify me for this position.
D. I do not meet any of the requirements listed above.

2. Carefully read the following descriptions of experience and education. Select the one that best describes your qualifications for the HR Specialist (Recruitment/Staffing), GS-0201-12. Make sure your resume supports the response that you select.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-11 in the Federal service or equivalent. Specialized experience may include: providing technical assistance and advisory services to managers on various staffing and classification topics, including providing alternative solutions to organizational issues and handling conflicts; and conducting a job analysis, identifying assessment tool(s) to be used in evaluating applicants, establishing a crediting plan, preparing the vacancy announcement(s), evaluating applicant qualifications, issuing a certificate of best-qualified applicants, ensuring that a selection meets all Federal recruitment and placement regulations, setting pay, and making a formal job offer. Experience must include knowledge of, and skill applying, a wide range of methods, principles, and practices commonly used in the Federal recruitment and placement process.
B. I do not meet any of the requirements listed above

3. I have experience in the following HR functions:

A. Recruitment/Staffing
B. Employee relations
C. Classification
D. Benefits
E. Pay setting
F. Performance management
G. Payroll

For each of the functions you selected above, please provide a short response indicating where on your resume the supporting documentation can be found.

4. On average, how many vacancies do you post per month?

A. None
B. 1 to 3
C. 4 to 6
D. 7 to 10
E. More than 10

5. Recruitment/Placement - Knowledge of HR concepts, principles, and practices related to identifying, attracting, and selecting individuals and placing them into positions to address changing organizational needs.

Select the one statement that most accurately reflects your training and experience with respect to staffing.

A. I have had no training or experience related to this activity, but am willing to learn.
B. I have posted a vacancy announcement on USA Staffing or similar online database (e.g. Quickhire, Monster) developed by other HR team members.
C. I have completed a job analysis, gathering the necessary information, to develop a vacancy announcement in USA Staffing or similar online database (e.g. Quickhire, Monster).
D. I have developed a vacancy announcement in USA Staffing or other online database (e.g. Quickhire, Monster) with information gathered by others.

6. Recruitment/Placement - Knowledge of HR concepts, principles, and practices related to identifying, attracting, and selecting individuals and placing them into positions to address changing organizational needs.

Select the one statement that most accurately reflects your training and experience with respect to recruitment.

A. I have had no training or experience related to this activity, but am willing to learn.
B. I have supported a team in the development of recruitment strategies that meet the needs of the hiring manager.
C. I have collaborated with hiring managers to develop recruitment strategies that attract potential candidates.
D. I have advised supervisors or managers about the most appropriate recruitment method to attract potential candidates.

7. Recruitment/Placement - Knowledge of HR concepts, principles, and practices related to identifying, attracting, and selecting individuals and placing them into positions to address changing organizational needs.

Select the one statement that most accurately reflects your training and experience with respect to rating candidates.

A. I have had no training or experience related to this activity, but am willing to learn.
B. I have assisted other HR team members in assessing the qualifications of candidates.
C. I have independently developed a crediting plan, using it to assess the qualification of candidates
D. I have utilized a crediting plan developed by others to assess the qualifications of candidates.


8. Recruitment/Placement - Knowledge of HR concepts, principles, and practices related to identifying, attracting, and selecting individuals and placing them into positions to address changing organizational needs.

Select the one statement that most accurately reflects your training and experience with respect to understanding policy.

A. I have had no training or experience related to this activity, but am willing to learn.
B. I have researched external guidelines including standards and laws to ensure that my organization complies.
C. I have reviewed guidelines within the organization including policy, guidelines, and memos to ensure that my organization complies.
D. I have reviewed and interpreted internal policy and external regulations to ensure that my organization complies.

9. Classification - Knowledge of classification concepts, principles, and practices related to structuring organizations and positions and determining the appropriate pay system, occupational grouping, title, and pay level of positions.

Select the one statement that most accurately reflects your training and experience with respect to position classification.

A. I have had no training or experience related to this activity, but am willing to learn.
B. I have worked with others to classify positions based on the classification standards and job information.
C. I have reviewed positions classified by others to ensure that they were appropriately classified.
D. I have utilized classification standards and relevant job information to independently determine the series and grade level of a position.

10. Employee Relations - Knowledge of laws, rules, regulations, case law, principles, and practices related to employee conduct, performance, and dispute resolution.

Select the one statement that most accurately reflects your training and experience with respect to employee relations.

A. I have had no training or experience related to this activity, but am willing to learn.
B. I have provided support to employees or managers in the interpretation of organizational policies or procedures.
C. I have advised managers on performance or conduct (e.g. performance improvement plan) related problems that arise with their employees.
D. I have provided managers with guidance and advice on management and motivational techniques to improve employee productivity or morale.


11. Performance Management - Knowledge of performance management concepts, principles, and practices related to planning, monitoring, rating, and rewarding employee performance.

Select the one statement that most accurately reflects your training and experience with respect to performance management.

A. I have had no training or experience related to this activity, but am willing to learn.
B. I have reviewed performance evaluations and award recommendations to ensure conformance to technical requirements for processing.
C. I have answered technical questions regarding the organization's performance or awards policy.
D. I have provided advice to managers concerning the performance evaluation process or award policy.

12. Benefits - Knowledge of HR concepts, principles, and practices related to retirement, insurance, injury compensation, and other employee benefits programs.

Select the one statement that most accurately reflects your training and experience with respect to benefits.

A. I have had no training or experience related to this activity, but am willing to learn.
B. I have provided guidance to employees on where to locate benefits information.
C. I have assisted employees with the completion of benefits forms to ensure the necessary information was completed.
D. I have counseled employees on benefits issues including retirement, benefit elections, military leave, or service completion dates.

13. Compensation - Knowledge of compensation concepts, principles, and practices, including pay and leave administration and compensation flexibilities.

A. I have had no training or experience related to this activity, but am willing to learn.
B. I have processed personnel actions using organizational policy and procedure.
C. I have routinely processed personnel actions for my organization in line with set policy and procedure.
D. I have reviewed the actions taken by others in my work group to ensure the correctness of their actions.

14. Customer Service - Works with clients and customers to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.

Select the one statement that most accurately reflects your training and experience with respect to providing customer service.

A. I have had no training or experience related to this activity, but am willing to learn.
B. I have identified the necessary resources to support a customer's needs.
C. I have answered questions to help customers understand my organization's systems or services.
D. I have provided information concerning my organization's systems or services to customers to support their needs.


15. Customer Service - Works with clients and customers to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.

Select the one statement that most accurately reflects your training and experience with respect to managing clients.

A. I have had no training or experience related to this activity, but am willing to learn.
B. I have built relationship with others within my organization through regular interaction.
C. I have acted as a departmental representative to other groups within my organization affected by policy and strategy.
D. I have maintained effective relationship with customers that are affected by HR policies or procedures.

16. Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

Select the one statement that most accurately reflects your training and experience with respect to problem solving.

A. I have had no training or experience related to this activity, but am willing to learn.
B. I have identified that a problem exists, but needed assistance in resolving the issue.
C. I have recognized that a problem exists and weighed each possible plan of action before determining how to proceed.
D. I have discovered a problem and considered the possible consequences of each action before determining how to progress.

17. Writing - Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience.

Select the one statement that most accurately reflects your training and experience with respect to writing.

A. I have had no training or experience related to this activity, but am willing to learn.
B. I send emails daily to others within my organization to share information or provide support to hiring managers.
C. I have drafted memorandums of understanding or formal agreements to clarify expectations between two groups.
D. I have independently drafted vacancy announcements or position descriptions ensuring that the document was error free.