I an interviewed for my GS-13 within days of applying. For my GS-14 I applied, they hired someone who lefts me 80% of her budget. After the customers complained about her they hired me without interview about a year later. But I am highly productive performance and development program producer and write well.
Back then HR was receiving 60 applicaitons for each job. Now we receive 480 AND have made it a two step process, both of which make it harder. (I’ve missed the deadline for sending in the second part of an application twice) I’ve sonsulted with others on how to be more competetive. For example, I can’t just say I was director, I must say that I hired, recruited, assigned, performance managed, disciplined, developed, appraised, etc. Also, there are fewer GS-15s Training Officer positions available.