Each candidate is tested by a Board consisting of approximately three raters who are subject matter experts in their field. The Board will ask every candidate the same basic questions in order to ensure uniformity. The Board members are instructed to listen carefully; therefore, you will be doing most of the talking. The Board will not argue, agree or encourage you. They are there to give you a chance to show that you possess the required qualifications. The Board is there to rate your responses to the predetermined questions. Personal information will not be explored. Most oral examinations have a time limit. All candidates will be given approximately the same amount of time. You will have enough time to answer all the questions. Oral Board members may take notes while you are talking. Do not let this bother you. These notes are important, because memory alone is not precise. The Board will use its notes when rating you. You have the right to a relaxing, impartial atmosphere, free of noise and distractions, in order to have a fair chance to do your best. Aside from administering the examination, the Human Resources representative is responsible for setting the proper tone so that you have a fair opportunity to demonstrate your skills.
Written and computerized examinations are designed to measure such things as your knowledge, skills and abilities in areas relevant to job performance in various fields. Your "Notice of Invitation" will include general information regarding the subject matter covered in the examination.
Your test will be scored and the results will be mailed to you within two weeks from the date of the examination. You will be notified of any additional testing requirement(s). If a vacancy exists, the Office of Human Resources will provide a list of names to the department where the vacancy exists for its consideration. Depending on your placement on the eligible list, you may be considered for the opening. If not, your name will remain on the eligible list for a one-year period.
Hiring decisions rest solely with the hiring department and are made within certain guidelines specified by the Merit System and appropriate union contracts.