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Examination Process


The following information is provided to assist you in understanding the different steps in the examination process once your application is received.


Screening Process: Once the job posting closes the applications are screened immediately.  Applications are checked against “Minimum Qualifications” on the job announcement.  If minimum qualifications are met the applicant is notified of the date of the first part of the examination process (testing).  Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications are also notified of the disqualification. Applicants are notified by e-mail or standard mail depending on the type of application submitted. All applicants should receive notification of testing or disqualification within 2 weeks of the closing date.


Written Test: Applicants must bring a valid I.D. to the testing area. The exam will be given in a room with other candidates who have also met the minimum requirements.  The exam is a multiple-choice examination given on a scantron.  The test is related to the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform at a high level in the position for which you have applied. The test will be scored immediately after the examination and an interview time and date will be given out to those who score above a 70%.  Those scoring below 70% do not move on in the hiring process.


Performance Exam: This exam involves performing duties which will be required on the job.  This exam type can vary greatly.  Examples of performance exams would be driving/forklift, skills test for a warehouse worker or an inbox for Secretarial positions.


Technical Oral Interview:  This portion of the process is an interview, generally, with two outside panel members from another district who are familiar with the job.  Each Candidate is asked the same exact questions and are scored according to the same rating scale.  There are approximately 8 to 10 questions pertaining to the position you applied during the interview.  The interviewed is tape recorded.


Scoring: Your final score will be a weighted average of your scores on the individual test parts.  Your rank is where your final score ranks in relation to everyone else who also passed all test parts.  You will be placed on an eligibility list in rank order.  Typically, this list will be good for six months from the date it is established. 


Final Interview: Positions are filled from the top three available ranks from the eligibility list.  This means the individuals with the top three overall final scores who are willing and able to accept work will get a final interview. These individuals will be contacted by the Human Resources department to set up a final interview with the hiring authority (department making the final hiring decision).  If individuals in the top three ranks are not available or willing to accept a position, additional ranks may be eligible to be hired. 


For substitute positions, you need only pass all parts of the examination in order to be considered.