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Description: Under general
supervision, performs confidential clerical and administrative work of moderate
difficulty in the office of the Bureau of Internal Investigations. Oversees all
administrative functions related to the efficient operation of the office; performs all secretarial duties including typing, filing, preparing
agendas for meetings, directives, confidential reports and unit activities; arranges appointments and meetings, maintains files, and performs related duties as required.
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How does your experience
and training qualify you for this job?
Focus on the aspects of your experience and any formal or
on-the-job training that apply to this position. Tips on your
You've been asked to set
up and coordinate a meeting. What actions will you take?
Among other things, the time, place, agenda, and attendees.
Give us an example of
your ability to work with confidential information.
Information that may be considered as confidential include
personnel documents and investigations or financial reports?
What are the different
means by which documents may be
A couple are chronological and subject.
During lunch, you are
alone in the office. A distraught person comes in and wants to
talk to someone in charge. How will you handle this person?
A good place to start is to find out what the problem is.
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Let the person talk; listen; identify the problem, determine who might
be able to help the person; refer them to the proper person or take
the initiative to resolve the problem yourself; if this requires
getting back to the person get their telephone number or address as
required; get the problem resolved; and follow-up with the person.
Your boss is on
vacation. An employee from another section comes in and requests
a file from your boss' desk. What will your do?
Who is the person (supervisor or clerk?) and what information are
they requesting (confidential material)?
Do you have anything to
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