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Supplemental Questionnaire

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Applicants for this position are required to submit responses to the following supplemental questions.  Your completed responses to the supplemental questionnaire will be evaluated to determine your qualifications and must be completed properly in order to be given full consideration for the next phase in the selection process. Additionally, your responses will also be evaluated and used in the selection process in order to identify the best qualified applicants. 

Responses should be thorough and specific.  A lack of detail and explanation in the supplemental questions and in your application may result in failure or disqualification for this position.  Clarity of expression, content, experience, grammar, spelling and the ability to follow instructions will be considered in the evaluation process.  A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for properly completed responses.

Information provided in your responses to the supplemental questionnaire regarding your employment experiences must also be detailed in the Work Experience section of the application for this recruitment.  Please be sure to list all employers and required information, on your application, especially if you are referencing those employers in your responses to the supplemental questions.

The supplemental questions were designed to elicit your experience as it relates to the current recruitment in order to identify the best qualified candidates for this position.  Only the best and most suitably qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the oral interviews. 

By selecting yes below, you certify your understanding that all applicants who meet minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to move forward in the process.  Do you understand the above statement?

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Do you have at least two (2) years of work experience as a Secretary I, or an equivalent or higher level clerical class in the Alameda County classified service?  If yes, please describe your work experience below.  In your response please include the employer name, your title, dates of employment and describe your specific role and duties.  If no, please enter in "N/A" below.


Please describe your secretarial/administrative support experience, specifically your experience preparing business correspondence, maintaining record keeping systems, operating standard office equipment, word processing, preparing spreadsheets, and managing the administrative support activities of an executive administrator, boards, and committees.  In your response be sure to include the name of the employer, the dates of your employment with this employer in the role of secretary/administrative support, and the title and role of the executive administrator, boards and committees to whom you provided support to.  


Please give us a work related example that demonstrates your ability to exercise initiative, discretion and good judgment in the analysis and resolution of an issue or problem that required technical or specialized knowledge.  In your response please include the issue or problem, your specific role or task, the actions you took and the outcome or result of your actions.  Please be specific and detailed in your response.


Please describe your experience effectively managing a dynamic workload and competing priorities/deadlines for yourself and the individual(s) you have supported. Your response should include:

  • The number of months/years of experience;
  • Where you gained this experience;
  • Any tools or technology you used; and
  • How you ensured that deadlines were met.

Please describe your experience providing confidential administrative support functions to individuals, such as executive management staff. In your response be sure to describe the level of administrative support provided, the size of the organization and the title and roles of the administrators supported.   Also, please describe the confidential nature of the work and why it was important for you to maintain confidentiality in your administrative support role.