The tentative examination content is described in our job posting. Some jobs require a written test that may consist of short answer, multiple choice, true-false, or essay type questions that are directly related to the job. For example, do not be concerned about taking a spelling test if you are applying for a maintenance job; you will most likely be asked questions about plumbing, carpentry, painting, etc.
Not all of Oakland County's positions require written tests. Some jobs may require a performance test where applicants must perform tasks similar to those performed on the job. For example, clerical applicants may take a typing test on a computer.
Another common type of test is an oral evaluation of qualifications, in which you will be asked questions pertaining to your experience, education and other qualifications for the job. This type of test is structured and scored by a panel, but it does give you the opportunity to express yourself, and to discuss what unique qualifications you bring to the position. It also gives you the opportunity to ask questions about the job.
An online Training & Experience Questionnaire (T&E) may be included on the online application. The online T&E is a set of questions specifically suited for the job to which you are applying. The questions are scored and then you will be notified of your score by mail. Sometimes the T&E is mailed to your home for completion. In this case, you will be given a deadline to complete the questionnaire and return it to the Human Resources Department.
The examination may consist of one or any combination of these types of tests. You must successfully pass each portion of the examination in order to be considered. The passing score is determined by a statistical evaluation of the test scores. Applicants will be notified of their test results by mail. The Human Resources Department is always available to discuss any problems or questions you may have regarding the examination you have taken.