The following information is provided to assist you in understanding the different steps in the examination process.
After your application has been received:
After your application has been received, it is screened against the “Qualifications” listed on the job announcement bulletin. It is at this time that any “supplemental” questions (if the recruitment required some to be answered) are reviewed. All applicants who have shown that they meet the minimum qualifications will be notified of the date of the first examination part either via standard mail or e-mail. All applicants who have been deemed to not meet the minimum requirements will also be notified of the reason for their disqualification via standard mail or e-mail. All applicants should receive some notification no later than 2 weeks after the closing date posted on the job announcement bulletin (also posted online).
When you receive your notice to test for a position, pay special attention to the type of test you are being invited to. Typically an exam will have more than one test part and you may be invited to the second test part if you successfully pass the first test part. You will typically receive the results of each test part either via mail or email within ten (10) business days of the exam. If you pass the first test part and there are still additional test parts, you will receive all of your scores after the final test part.
The types of test parts you may be invited to participate in are outlined below.
Written Test: This test type is your typical paper and pencil test. This type of exam will contain primarily multiple-choice questions which are related to the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform at a high level in the job for which you have applied. You will take this exam in a room with other candidates who have also met the minimum requirements. Your responses to questions on this exam will typically be marked on a scantron form.
Technical Project: This test type is more involved than a Written Test. For a Technical Project you will be asked to answer various questions or perform duties related to the position for which you have applied. An example of a Technical Project would be a more involved Accounting/Budget exam which included more advanced problem solving and calculations as opposed to answering multiple-choice questions.
Performance/Simulation Exam: This test type involves performing duties which will be required on the job. This test type can vary greatly. Examples of performance exams would be a driving/forklift skills test for a warehouse worker or a test using Microsoft Excel for a clerical position.
Structured Interview: This test type is an interview with at least two panel members who are familiar with the job. These panel members will not be first or second level supervisors of the position for which you have applied and will not be involved in the final hiring decision. The interview is referred to as a structured interview because every candidate is asked the same questions and scored according to the same rating scale.
After the examination is complete:
After the final test part you will typically receive your final results, scores, and rank within ten (10) business days. 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 one (1) year from the date it is established.
Please note that there are different types of recruitments as outlined below:
Promotional Only: Promotional candidates who attain a passing score on each examination part will be placed in rank order on an eligibility list. Individuals who are not current employees of RUSD may not apply for these examinations.
Open: Candidates who attain a passing score on each examination part will be placed in rank order on an eligibility list. These examinations are open to permanent employees and the public.
Open/Promotional With Promotional List Taking Precedence: Promotional candidates who attain a passing score on each examination part will be placed in rank order on an eligibility list after promotional credits are added to the composite test scores. Open candidates (not current permanent employees of RUSD) who attain a passing score on each examination part will be placed in rank order on an eligibility list after all promotional candidates. These examinations are open to permanent employees and the public.
Open/Promotional With Dual Certification: Candidates who attain a passing score on each examination part will be placed in rank order on an eligibility list after promotional credits are added to the composite test scores of promotional candidates. These examinations are open to permanent employees and the public.
Appointment will be made from the top three ranks of eligibles who are ready and willing to accept the position. For Open/Promotional With Promotional List Taking Precedence examinations, open candidates (not current permanent employees of RUSD) will only be considered when there are not three ranks of promotional eligibles. For classes designated as Senior Management, an unranked eligibility list will be created. Final selection will be made from all available eligibles. Eligibility lists are established for one year unless otherwise indicated. Your name will remain on the eligibility list until you are hired, decline three job interviews or offers, make yourself unavailable, cannot be contacted, or the list expires.
For substitute positions, you need only pass all parts of the examination in order to be considered.