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I have heard I am sup­posed to an­swer all as­sess­ment ques­tions at a high level but I feel if I do that then HR will think I am in­flat­ing my ex­pe­ri­ence. What is the best way to han­dle the as­sess­ment ques­tions?

Most online ap­pli­ca­tions ask ap­pli­cants to rate their pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence by us­ing a se­ries of ques­tions. These pesky ques­tions — usu­ally be­tween 10 to 150 of them — are called the self as­sess­ment ques­tions. As a Fed­eral job seeker, you must an­swer the self as­sess­ment ques­tions lib­er­ally. The ap­pli­cant needs to re­ceive the high­est rat­ing in or­der to move for­ward in the rat­ing process. Re­view the an­swers to the ques­tion and se­lect the one that rep­re­sents the most se­nior ex­pe­ri­ence level — that is the one that is worth the most points. Give your­self credit! Do not be dis­hon­est — but boast, brag, mar­ket your­self, ra­tio­nal­ize, jus­tify — what­ever you want to call it. Then make sure your re­sume sup­ports your re­sponses. Re­mem­ber it is called a “self as­sess­ment ques­tion­naire” for a rea­son!

We hope this in­for­ma­tion has been use­ful and will help you crack the code to your Fed­eral job search. Have a ques­tion on how to land a job with the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment? Sub­mit your ques­tions to Corliss at job­shelp@wash­post.com. Corliss Jack­son is a free­lance writer who cov­ers top­ics about the Fed­eral Gov­erne­ment hir­ing process. Reach her at www.fed­er­aljo­bre­sults.com

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