Do I meet the minimum qualifications for Human Resources Officers?

To be considered as a candidate for the Human Resources Officer position, you must meet the minimum education and experience qualification requirements listed below.

Education Specialized Experience Check Your Level
BA/BS in Business Administration, Human Resources or another related major Three (3) years of specialized experience in Human Resources across one (1) or more of the eight (8) areas listed below
—– OR —–
Unrelated major, less than BA/BS, or no college 6 years of specialized experience in Human Resources across at least 4 of the 8 areas below
—– OR —–
None of the above


  1. In addition to education and experience requirements, candidates must be able to pass a computer-based skills test.
  2. Professional work experience in human resource management, public administration, or general management support in medium or large organizations is required. This experience includes:
    1. Experience in program planning and policy development in human resources
    2. Experience in recruitment and hiring of professional and/or support staff personnel
    3. Experience in position classification or job evaluation
    4. Experience in wage and benefits surveys and analysis
    5. Experience in the administration of wages or employee benefits programs such as health benefits, life insurance, and retirement systems
    6. Experience in labor relations and equal employment opportunity issues in government or business
    7. Experience in employee career development and training
    8. Experience in employee evaluations and performance management

Further, to be considered for the Human Resources Officer position, you must be willing to move around the world.

Question Verification
Are you willing to be mobile and available anywhere around the world, including moving one’s home base, uprooting children from school, etc., every 2-3 years, and having to re-establish friendships or professional contacts at new locations?
Furthermore, are you willing to spend time, often brief (e.g., few days) but occasionally prolonged (e.g., month or more) away from your family because of job responsibilities?

Factors Influencing Your Competitiveness

There are a wide variety of factors influencing who is offered a position as a Human Resources Officer. These include how well a candidate performs on the oral assessment, the number of vacancies, the number of eligible hires already in line, and the number of people who accept job offers. Even though there are no guarantees that anyone will be offered a position, there are certain evaluation factors used to distinguish between candidates.

Below is a list of some of the factors used to evaluate candidates. By rating yourself honestly, you can get an idea of how competitive you might be. When you are finished, click the “Submit” button to view an analysis of your competitiveness. The self-evaluation is a guide for your use only. The U.S. Department of State does not use, pass on, or even record and retain the information contained in this questionnaire.


Please rate yourself on the extent to which you possess the experience. Use the following scale:

Score Experience Description Typical Years of Experience
5 I am considered an expert in performing this task. Because of my expertise, I am normally the person who is consulted by others to train them in doing this task. 3 years of direct experience
4 I have routinely performed this task independently with little or no supervision. 2 years of direct experience
3 I have performed this task on the job with occasional assistance. 1 year or less of direct experience
2 I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job. No experience
1 I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this task. No experience


Experience 1 2 3 4 5
Experience with researching and analyzing labor market conditions, compensation levels, and benefits practices.
Experience with administering an effective, wide-reaching recruitment and hiring program by publicizing vacancies and interviewing and testing candidates.
Experience with managing staff performance evaluation and performance management processes.
Experience with counseling and advising staff on job performance improvement, career development, and promotion opportunities.
Experience in managing employee training and development programs.
Experience with assessing staff employee relations issues and offering recommendations to improve morale.
Experience with managing award programs by finding recognition opportunities, pointing out those opportunities to managers, and coordinating the provision of awards.
Experience with managing discipline, grievance, termination, and other employee relations issues.
Experience with supervising HR staff by empowering employees, assigning tasks, offering advice, monitoring performance, providing feedback, creating a team atmosphere, holding formal and informal communications meetings, etc.
Experience with providing expert advice to managers and supervisors on staff human resources issues.
Experience in international human resources and/or experience managing a diverse workforce.


Please continue by rating your knowledge and skills.
Knowledge and Skills

Please rate yourself on the extent to which you possess the following knowledge and skills. Use the following scale:

Score Knowledge and Skills
5 I am considered an expert in this knowledge or skill. Because of my expertise I am normally the person who is consulted by others to train them.
4 I have knowledge or skill in this area and can use it on the job with little or no supervision.
3 I have some knowledge or skill in this area and can use it on the job with occasional assistance.
2 I have had education or training in knowledge or skill, but have not performed it on the job.
1 I have not had education, training, or experience in this knowledge or skill.


Knowledge/Skill 1 2 3 4 5
Knowledge of office computer programs such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and SharePoint, as well as exposure to specialized HR information systems.
Knowledge of EEO law and policies and the legal and social issues surrounding them.
Knowledge of management principles such as team building, appropriate work delegation, supervision of subordinates, assignment and monitoring of tasks, motivational techniques, feedback, and leadership.
Knowledge of human resource programs, regulations, procedures, and policies governing U.S. Government employees or other large U.S. commercial organizations.
Knowledge of cross-cultural issues in Human Resources, such as differences in employment practices and laws, and the impact of language and culture on work styles.
Knowledge of professional employment counseling techniques and resources.
Skill in the use of the principles and techniques of negotiation, persuasion and conflict resolution.
Skill in providing constructive conversations and counseling on difficult HR issues with employees and senior leadership on the full range of HR issues.
Skill in providing excellent customer service and in balancing needs for customer service with needs for compliance, consistency, and fairness.
Knowledge of English grammar, usage, spelling, and general writing principles.
Skill in oral communication including speaking, presenting, etc., to the full range of possible levels of employees and managers.
Skill in writing and editing factual and persuasive memos and reports.


Amount of Self-Assessed Fit for Human Resources Officers

The table below indicates how well your self-indicated knowledge, skills and abilities, and experience fits with the requirements of the job and many of the factors with which candidates are evaluated.

Self-Evaluation of Competitiveness for Human Resources Officer

Score Key

Score (%) Amount of Fit
74-100 High
47-73 Medium
20-46 Low

For salary, detailed job description and information on how to apply for this position, please review the vacancy announcement.