You must include personal examples of the five ECQs:
- Leading Change
- Leading People
- Results Driven
- Business Acumen
- Building Coalitions
Each ECQ response should be one to two pages in length.
Before you apply, it’s essential to understand how the SES selection process works in order to be as prepared as possible.
Once you’ve submitted your application per the vacancy announcement guidelines, Human Resources (HR) specialists will review it to ensure you’ve included the necessary materials and followed all instructions. If you have, and your application outweighs competitors’ applications, it will be passed along for the next level of application review.
If your application passes the initial HR screening, it will be submitted to the hiring agency’s rating panel made up of senior executives with relevant functional, leadership and organizational backgrounds. Each panel member reviews the applications individually. They will evaluate your application based on the qualifications outlined in the vacancy announcement, ensuring that it meets all the ECQ and TQ/MTQ standards. They also set a rating schedule to determine the most qualified candidates.
After each member reviews the applications, the panel will meet to discuss each candidate and decide who should be interviewed.
If your application is in the top 10% of qualified candidates, you’ll be interviewed by the panel. During the interview, the panel will ask you a combination of standard, behavioral and situational questions focused on leadership to determine if you have the competencies for the position.
The panel will recommend the top interviewed candidates to the selecting authority, who chooses one candidate for certification with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
The hiring agency submits the final candidate’s application package to the OPM-administered Qualifications Review Board (QRB) that evaluates your ECQs. There are a few potential outcomes of this review:
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