Civil service jobs are appealing for a number of reasons. They provide a career, job security, mobility and potentially adventure. You can work at the federal, state or local government levels. According to Federaljobs.net, the federal government is the largest employer in the nation with 2.7 million positions in 2010. However, tests for civil service positions can be difficult. In some cases, there are several exams, which, if passed, lead to an interview and a final evaluation that considers your application and background.
Determine where and when the exams are offered via PSE-Net.com. Plan ahead of time as civil service exams are only offered periodically, sometimes only every two years. Be aware that there are different skills and levels of expertise required.
Check the civil service job bulletin for the details of the exam you are interested in, also via PSE-Net.com. Be aware that exams can be multiple choice, performance, psychological or physical. Investigate how many exams are required, specific topics covered and the type of test that will be administered. Note any special knowledge or abilities required.
Study for the exam. Buy a study guide, which, in most cases, is the best preparation tool. Review sample questions, then practice taking tests.
Prepare for the interview, another essential part of the civil service exam. Focus on three things in interview preparation: Be up to date about your specific area of interest; anticipate questions that may be asked; gain confidence through practice interviews, perhaps with friends. Consult online job preparation sources for more tips.
Wait for the final evaluation. Be aware that test results, overall qualifications and background will be considered. Certain jobs require performance tests to ensure that you have the necessary level of skill and expertise required.