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Further Information for Applicants to HHS Careers NIH Jobs

Evaluation Method

You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required; and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the knowledges, skills, and abilities associated with this position. To determine if you are qualified for the job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation may be made and compared against your responses to the vacancy questionnaire. If the announcement uses a scored assessment, you will receive a numeric rating based on your responses to the questionnaire. We base your rating on both your responses to the questionnaire and information stated in your application. Please make sure that your self-ratings are supported by information in your application. Will we verify your qualifications and self-ratings during the application and selection process through quality review, interview questions, work samples, demonstrations, reference checks, and other means. Inflated qualifications may result in the lowering of your assessment score or an ineligible rating.

If you have an existing online resume, make sure the resume content is reflective of the experience, education, and qualifications outlined in EACH vacancy announcement. If you need to edit or review your resume, you must do so BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of EACH vacancy announcement.

How to Apply

Applications (resume and vacancy questions) MUST be received online via USAJOBS before midnight ET on the closing date of this announcement. Visit USAJOBS or the NIH Jobs page to find and apply to vacant positions at the National Institutes of Health.

Submit a copy of your basic personal data and resume information. Respond to personal/eligibility questions. The answers to these questions can be revised at any time clicking Apply Online from the vacancy announcement. This will establish a profile for you in the system. Respond to position-specific questions. Resumes and answers to vacancy questions may be updated/amended until 11:59 pm ET on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

The HHS Careers system simplifies the Federal application process by replacing the former KSA job-element statements with on-line self-assessment questions. Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your basic and specialized qualifications for the position. Therefore, it is important to support your responses to the applicant assessment questions by providing examples of past and present experience in your resume.

There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application:

  1. Your resume
  2. Your responses to the core questions
  3. Your responses to the self-assessment questions
  4. Your supporting documents
  5. Any other requirements stated in the vacancy announcement

Please note that in some cases, we will use alternative rating methods to an assessment questionnaire to assign a rating to an applicant

To apply to subsequent NIH vacancies, you will only need to respond to position-specific questions, and, if necessary, update your personal questions, online resume, and supporting documents.

To apply to subsequent NIH vacancies, you will only need to respond to position-specific questions, and, if necessary, update your personal questions, online resume, and supporting documents.

Supporting Documentation

Additional documents listed in the vacancy announcement as mandatory for you to submit to receive consideration MUST be received before midnight ET on the closing date of the announcement to be considered. Please read the required documents section of each announcement before applying. Not submitting the required documentation may result in you not being considered, preference not being granted, or a lower rating in the evaluation process.

Do not submit any paperwork that has not been requested in the vacancy announcement.

Reasonable Accommodation

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the HR contact on the vacancy announcement before the closing date of this announcement. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

If applying online poses a hardship to you, the HR contact listed on this announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted online by the closing date. You must contact the HR contact on the vacancy announcement at least three business days before the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance.

Additional Details on Using the HHS Careers at NIH System

  • If you have never used the USAJOBS system, you will need to register as a new user. Registration will involve entering your resume into the system and responding to a series of core questions that will allow HR specialists to evaluate your background for basic employment eligibility.
  • Once you have completed the registration process you must locate and view the vacancy you wish to apply for, scroll down to the end of the vacancy announcement and click the “Apply Online” button. Submit your vacancy-specific resume and all required documents. ALL questions that follow must be answered. You must click the “Submit My Answers” button in the middle of the screen in order to successfully submit your application and be considered for a specific position. Upon completing the application process you will receive an electronic acknowledgement that you application has been successfully transmitted. Select the “I would like a copy of the questions and my responses sent to my e-mail account.” option to have your responses emailed to you.

    NOTE: We encourage you to select the “View Vacancy Questions” button so you may preview the vacancy questions prior to applying for this position.
  • If you need to update your application, ensure that you use the same USAJOBS account which you used to begin the application process for the vacancy you wish to be considered for.

You may not be considered for the position if any part of the application is incomplete. You must provide the required user information (including your resume in the designated section), as well as responses to all questions specific to the vacancy in order to receive consideration.

This page last reviewed on November 30, 2016

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