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Frequently Asked Questions Assessment Policy

Am I required to conduct a job analysis each time a position comes open?

No, you do not need to conduct a job analysis each time you fill a position.  However, if the position is unlike any other position in your agency or if the nature of the position is such that its requirements are likely to change with relative frequency (e.g., information technology positions), you may want to review the position at least annually to ensure that your selection tools are still valid.  After performing the review, you can determine whether a new or updated job analysis is needed.

For more information regarding job analysis, please visit OPM’s Assessment and Selection website,, or contact us at

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