13. How do you think your supervisor would rate your verbal communication skills compared to others?
The very best
Among the best
Above average
Needing some development
Needing substantial development

Truthfully, you probably don’t know how your supervisor would rate others. So how would you know how that person would rate you in comparison to them? It would be unfortunate if you assumed your supervisor would rate your verbal communication skills as “Average” but when contacted they stated your skills were “Extremely high”. Unless you know for a fact how your supervisor would rate your verbal communication skills compared to others, you should consider how you would rate yourself when providing a response and think highly of yourself. The ideal answer would be “The very best” or “Among the best

14. How long do you plan on working for the Postal Service?
Less than 6 months
6 months-1 year
1-2 years
2-5 years
5-10 years
More than 10 years

The USPS is looking for those candidates that plan to make this job a career and remain with the organization long term. Right now, you may not know what your future plans are and that is okay. The USPS is trying to determine if you will be worth the financial investment made for your training and development, or if you are the type of person that is only planning to stay for a short period of time to get a paycheck. Remember, turnover creates one of the largest expenses for companies and the USPS wants to avoid having high turnover.

15. How many unexcused tardies did you have per month at your most recent job?
More than 10

The USPS expects Mail Carriers to be reliable and punctual. A candidate with a history of tardies is not a good fit for this position. The ideal candidate will answer this question as “none” as it shows a real commitment to showing up on time for work. This is an important attribute of the Mail Carrier. If you have a history of being late for work, try to recall the situations which caused you to be tardy, and then consider if any of them could have been potentially excused.

16. Within one month of starting, how many jobs have you quit?
More than 5
Not applicable

The USPS spends a lot of time, effort, and money to train Mail Carriers. If you are hired and then leave within a month, this causes the Postal Service to hire a replacement and provide training all over again. That situation wastes time, money, and productivity. Remember, turnover is one of the biggest expenses an organization may have. The USPS wants Mail Carriers that will stay on the job long term and maintain a long lasting career with the organization. When providing a response to this question, you want to have little to no instances of leaving a job within one month of starting.

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