ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS CAN MAKE OR BREAK YOUR FEDERAL APPLICATION
WHAT ARE FEDERAL ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS?
ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS A/K/A KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES STATEMENTS (KSAs)
The most common type of Assessment Questions are KSAs. These questions must be answered in a narrative statement, explaining in detail some specific experience, knowledge, or capability with examples from you career. Assessment Questions can also be called job-specific questions. Self-assessment questions are found in increasing numbers of government agencies’ applications. They will be new to some federal job seekers, but don’t be put off.
WHAT CAN ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS ENTAIL?
Assessment Questions are really “pre-interview questions” to determine job eligibility. Your resume, as well as your responses to the core and self-assessment questions, are integral in determining your basic and specialized qualifications for the position.
Self-assessment questions can ask for responses that include: “Yes/No,” “True/False,” and “Check All That Apply.” They can also require you to rate your skill level on a scale of 1 through 5 (5 usually being the highest). All questions relate to the duties and specialized experience required for the job.
To be considered well qualified for the job, you should rate yourself at the highest level. If you can’t score yourself a 4 or 5, think carefully about whether you should apply for the job, as HR specialists will be interested in top candidates only. This can be the first and most important screening factor in earning a “Best Qualified” rating.
FEDERAL ASSESSMENT QUESTION RESPONSES MUST BE BACKED UP IN YOUR FEDERAL RESUME
As you read the self-assessment questions, you’ll find many are followed by a secondary question: “If you selected 5, please give an example.” Be ready to write an impressive story demonstrating your skill level in this area. Your answer should provide details about the situation or project, the challenge, your response, and the results. Be sure that a statement reflecting and addressing your response is integrated within the body of your federal resume under the appropriate experience timeline.