ECQ Samples

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The following are actual Executive Core Qualification statements prepared for previous clients. These sample ECQs will not be tailor created for you, but they will aid you in writing your own responses. The samples below will give you a good idea of how a completed ECQ statement should look, how it should read, and the level of detail to provide. They make a great cost-effective alternative to having custom ECQ statements specially prepared and provide an excellent framework for writing your own. You should easily be able to modify these answers to fit your particular background. These samples will help to strengthen your application rating.

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ECQ - Building Coalitions
ECQ - Business Acumen
ECQ - Leading Change
ECQ - Leading People
ECQ - Results Driven

Executive Core Qualifications

The US Office of Personnel Management has identified five executive core qualifications (ECQs) that outline the characteristics of the workforce they would like to build. The OPM wants to hire professionals that drive for results, serve customers, and builds successful teams. These 5 Executive Core Qualifications are required for entry into the Senior Executive Service and are used by many departments and agencies in the hiring process. The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential, but not necessarily technical expertise.

So if you intend to apply for a SES position with the federal government, you’ll need to prepare answers to these ECQ statements based on your professional education, training, and experience. In order to help you do so, here is an example ECQ that you can use as a template.

ECQ – Leading People

I lead a 500-member organization which supports 15,000 network users utilizing the World’s most advanced and sophisticated communications equipment. Consequently, I have supervised a diverse workforce of personnel of all social, cultural and economic backgrounds, by possessing an understanding of diversity and the dynamics of managing the workforce. I am not only leading and managing men and women, but also establishing the right climate in a team setting where the cultural differences play an important role in the day-to-day activities of the organization.

Human resource management has been a daily requirement as I interface with my counterparts, peers, and subordinates. Throughout my career, I have interfaced in all areas of resource management (budget, manpower planning, organizing, training, evaluation and equipping.) Consequently, I’ve honed the ability to draw the best out of my subordinates and coworkers by being open to questions, offering encouragement and providing mentoring when necessary. I have also encourage individuals to serve as role models to colleagues by participating in committees and volunteering for special events, pursuing professional training and education, as well as being open to questions and concerns from their subordinates.

My teams also know how to overcome setbacks by remaining focused, creative and steadfast. They also uphold high levels of confidentiality, initiative and personal/organizational integrity as a result of my emphasis on the Air Force Values; Integrity, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All That We Do principles.

I plan work to be accomplished by subordinates, set and adjust long- and short-term priorities, and prepare schedules for completion of work. I also provide advice, counsel, and instruction to employees on work and administrative matters.

I understand the Federal Government and the Department of Defense is committed to equal opportunity (EEO) and to eliminating discrimination. As a manager, it is part of my daily responsibilities to ensure that EEO principles are applied to all personnel actions and management decisions. I ensure that all personnel appraisals and award nominations are complete and on time. During counseling, I help employees find ways to improve production and increase the quality of their work.

While attending Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL, I was recognized by the AWC Commandant and the instructors for demonstrating exceptional insight into cross-cultural communications while participating in an intensive 12-day trip to three African countries; Mozambique, Botswana and South Africa. In preparation of this cultural tour, I studied U.S. National Security Policy, Theater Security Cooperation, the roles of the COCOM and the Department of State. During the trip, I had the opportunity to meet with the U.S. Ambassador and their country teams as well as hold discussions with member of the three nations defense forces and elected officials. In addition, I wrote a paper on the impact of HIV AIDS in sub Saharan Africa.