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The City's Recruitment Process

After the application deadline, Human Resources will review the materials submitted by all applicants. Based on the information provided, the most highly qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the selection process. Each recruitment's selection process consists of various "tests" designed to assist us in predicting your successful job performance for the specific position being recruited; therefore, each selection process may be different depending on the type of job for which you are applying. Usually, our testing process will consist of one or more of the following:

Written Test – Written tests are designed to test general aptitude or specific knowledge of the technical aspects of the job for which you are applying. You may wish to thoroughly review the job flier to familiarize yourself with the areas which may be tested. Casual and comfortable attire is appropriate.

Performance/Practical or Agility Examination – Practical examinations are typically given for positions which require a specialized skill or ability, such as typing proficiency or the operation of special equipment. You may or may not be given prior information regarding the content of the exam, depending on the nature of the job for which you are applying. If you are informed of the general content of the exam in advance, we encourage you to take the opportunity to practice your skills. It is important for you to dress in clothes that are comfortable, yet appropriate, for the skills you will be demonstrating.

Assessment Centers – This testing method is generally used for mid- and upper-level management positions. If you are asked to participate in an assessment center, it would be to your advantage to research the position thoroughly and be prepared to draw upon your direct and related experience and/or training.

Oral Interviews – Those applicants who are successful in passing the initial testing and/or screening process(es) will be invited to an oral interview. Oral interviews are typically conducted by a panel of qualified subject matter experts. Please dress in professional attire which is appropriate for the position for which you are applying. We recommend that you research the job thoroughly to determine what knowledge and skills may be evaluated during the interview. Keep in mind that you will be asked to discuss your qualifying background. You may want to prepare by practicing an opening statement regarding your specific education and experience. Try to relax and provide concise but complete responses to the panel's questions. The interview will last approximately 20 - 45 minutes, depending on the position for which you are applying.

Following the selection process, Human Resources will notify you, either via email or mail, of the results of the recruitment. If you are successful in passing the selection process, your name will be placed on an eligibility list for the current position opening as well as any future positions which may become available for up to 6 months after the eligibility list was established. Depending on the number of candidates who were successful in being placed on the eligibility list, the City Department which is attempting to fill the vacant position may elect to second interview some or all of the candidates who are on the eligibility list prior to making a final decision to hire.

Reference Checks will be conducted by the City to verify employment related information for all potential employees prior to extending a job offer. This is done to ensure that individuals who join the City workforce are well qualified and have a strong potential to be successful in their employment here at the City of Irvine. The extent of the inquiry will depend on the position being applied for, but will at least include:

Verification/Reference from current and past employers

Fingerprint and Department of Justice criminal background check (a conviction for a crime is not an automatic bar to employment)

Confirmation of necessary licenses, certificates, and degrees.

Please have all necessary documentation ready.
Additional inquiries may be necessary depending on the position for which you are applying. Human Resources will also schedule a post-offer physical examination once a job offer has been made.

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