After the Exam
Below are common questions that you may have after participating in an exam.
After I take the exam, how long will it take to get my
The amount of time varies depending
on the exam; however typically scores are sent within approximately 99 days of
the exam date. Your final score will be mailed to you at the same time the list
of passing candidates is established. This list is called the eligible list.
I've received my score, what happens next?
Agencies request the list and send
out "canvass letters" to enough high scoring eligibles
to fill their jobs. A canvass letter is an inquiry into your interest in the
job and its location, and your availability. Canvass letters are not job
offers. If you receive a canvass letter, do not leave your present
employment. Do return the canvass letter by the return date if you are
interested in the job. If you return the canvass letter late, the agency is not
required to consider you for that job. However, your name will remain active
for future canvasses. While the law does not require agencies to canvass or
conduct interviews, in most cases they do. However, agencies are required to
hire from the eligible list according to the rule of three.
If you are undecided about accepting
a particular canvass inquiry, you should indicate that you are interested in
being interviewed. If you are called for an interview and after you have found
out more about the job, you can always decline. You may call or write (or
e-mail-coming soon!) the department to re-activate your name for agencies,
locations, or types of positions you have declined.
How is the eligible list used?
The eligible list ranks candidates
according to their scores. Those with tie scores are given the same rank. The
lists are provided to State agencies where the job openings are located. They
must follow the rule of three
when selecting candidates to interview for a position.
If I pass the exam will I get an interview?
your score the better your chances for getting an interview. Agencies first send out canvass letters
to determine who is interested in the type of appointment at a certain
location. Only those who reply on time and say they are interested and who are
"reachable" within the rule of three
may be appointed. As the list is used to hire people, and as people on the list
indicate they are not interested in a position, agencies make their way down
the list in score order.
Will I get the job if I get the highest score?
If you are the top scorer you might
be considered for the job, but having a high score does not guarantee that you
will be hired. (See the "rule of three" below.) The canvass and
interview are equally important parts of the selection process. If you are
interested return your canvass letter or telephone canvass call promptly and do
your best to make a good impression during the interview. The interview is also
an opportunity for you to learn if this is the job for you.
How long will my name be on the eligible list?
Most eligible lists last for up to
four years. However, a list can be superseded by a new list after one year. If
you decline a canvass by either letter or telephone, or at the interview, your
name may be inactivated for the type of appointment, or agency or location. You
may remain eligible for other jobs, however you should ask about the
effect of your declination on your future eligibility. If you decline or are
unable to accept a job at the time you may later reactivate your name. However,
if you receive a permanent appointment from the eligible list, your name will