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MAY 2013
At Fortune 500 companies it is common for those
evaluating candidates for promotion to have frsthand
experience with their performance.
dramatic improvement in that much of
it is written by the rated employee. Te
“Description of Accomplishments” is a
vitally important opportunity to demon-
strate the ability to communicate. How-
ever, objective examples of profciency
in oral communication, either prepared
or on-the-spot, cannot be assessed at all
through it.
Moves with ease at all social set-
tings and levels.
It may be impossible
to confrm these crucial interpersonal
skills in a short interview. However,
there is a good chance that some
borderline candidates for the senior
threshold would demonstrate that they
are not ready to represent the United
States anywhere, at any time, in dealing
with anyone.
Efectively argues complex policy
issues; deals comfortably with the
most senior levels of government
and society
. While written and foreign
language communication ability are
assessed or tested, there is inadequate
evidence about whether individual
Senior Foreign Service candidates can
argue, debate, negotiate, cajole, con-
vince or condemn efectively.
Further reinforcement of this
argument can be found in the points
of emphasis used to prepare senior
ofcers for leadership positions. In
training deputy chiefs of mission and