15. At times, I have not liked someone
I have never disliked someone
SLM: I haven’t ever disliked someone
This is a tricky question because everyone has experienced a time when they disliked someone. It is understandable because we are human and have feelings and emotions. Choosing “At times, I have not liked someone” suggests there have been regular occasions when you have not liked someone. It is unlikely that someone would go through life and never once dislike anyone. However, choosing “I have never disliked anyone” and “Somewhat like me” suggests that you typically do not dislike people but there may have been a time or two when where there was an exception due to extenuating circumstances.
16. I’m able to work efficiently in highly demanding conditions
I would rather work in a peaceful environment
MLM: I’m able to work efficiently in highly demanding conditions
This is similar to an earlier question. Being a Mail Carrier involves working in a fast paced, stressful environment. A Mail Carrier should be able to work well under pressure. You should choose the more assertive option. “Most like me” shows that you are confident in your response.
17. Most rewards are well deserved
Some people do not work hard enough to deserve a reward
MLM: Most rewards are well deserved
The Postal Service provides a variety of programs that help prepare employees to achieve their goals. Those who demonstrate a high performance are rewarded with opportunities to advance their career and are recognized for their hard work. This response best reflects a candidate with a good attitude and recognizes the potential for advancement.
18. I usually spend my time helping coworkers
I spend time on my own work
SLM: I spend time on my own work
Selecting “Somewhat like me” shows that you are always happy to help you coworkers when you are able to. It is true that people should not always have an expectation of others to help them with their job tasks because it is their own responsibility, however, it is important to be a team player when necessary. To be a successful department, every person should handle the duties assigned to their particular role. This response shows that you focus on your work and also wish to work as a team to ensure the department goals and quotas are met.
19. I am a very outgoing person
I am a quiet person
MLM: I am a very outgoing person
This question is very similar to an earlier question. A Mail Carrier is considered to be the face of the Postal Service and is expected to have an outgoing personality and be able to communicate well with customers. The ideal Mail Carrier will be very outgoing.
20. I enjoy having a lot of work to do
I prefer a reasonable and steady amount work
SLM: I enjoy having a lot of work to do
This is similar to an earlier question. Being a Mail Carrier involves working in a high volume and fast paced environment. A Mail Carrier should be able to work well with a heavy workload. Choosing “Somewhat like me” shows that you enjoy having a lot of work but that’s not the only type of work environment you enjoy. You would also enjoy the work if it wasn’t such a heavy workload.
21. I have a positive outlook on things
I’m prepared for the worst
MLM: I have a positive outlook on things
This question is similar to a couple earlier questions. This is intentional. Remember, consistency is key. Mail Carriers are responsible to delivering mail items to residences and businesses. The USPS would prefer Mail Carriers to be optimistic and approach a task or challenge with the expectation of accomplishing it or resolving it. The ideal Mail Carrier believes he can deal with anything he is faced with.