Section 2- Tell us your Story

During this experience the USPS would like to learn more about the background and work experiences that have shaped who you are.

Keep in mind:

  • Be open and honest
  • Work quickly; don’t spend too long on any one question
  • Once you respond, you’ll automatically advance
  • You can only go back one question
  • Takes approximately 2 minutes
  • Number of questions 20

1. At your previous jobs, how many times have you been disciplined for violating a work policy?
More than 10

The Postal Service has standards of ethical conduct for all postal employees. The commitment to trust and integrity permeates the organization, therefore there are high expectations for team members to follow their policies. Those policies are in place to protect the organization and its team members from safety and liability issues, and also to ensure the mail items are sorted, processed, and delivered accurately and in a timely manner. So the USPS is looking for someone that would answer this question with “0” which demonstrates a strong commitment to compliance and adherence to all company policies and procedures.

2. Without quitting, what is the longest amount of time you stayed with one company?
Less than 6 months
6 months-1 year
1-2 years
2-5 years
5-10 years
More than 10 years
Not applicable-first job

This question helps the USPS to identify your level of commitment to an organization. The ideal Mail Carrier will have a history of remaining with an organization for a long period of time. This shows the person is serious about their career and helping an organization reach their long term goals. The USPS wants Mail Carriers to who are consistent and reliable. The ideal answer would be “5-10 years” or “More than 10 years”.

3. How do you think your most recent supervisor would rate your performance compared to others?
The very best
Among the best
Above average
Needing some development
Needing substantial development

You may not know how your supervisor would rate you compared to others. You want to choose the response that best demonstrates you have full confidence in your ability to perform well on your job. The ideal Mail Carrier will answer this question “The very best” or “Among the best”. This should be consistent with your answer responses to similar questions.

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